Vauxhall MOKKA X
The Vauxhall Mokka is a good-looking crossover with plenty of standard kit
The Mokka is a Vauxhall Corsa crossover in two or four-wheel drive. It’s a good car because it has off-road capability and hugely practical.
The boot is one of the largest in class, and it can seat three adults in the back and there is plenty of legroom and headroom. Up front, is just as impressive with supportive seats and clever storage solutions.
If you are keen on gadgets, opt for the Techline model as it has Sat Nav, DAB radio and reverse parking sensors.
The Mokka has been set up for UK roads with a good balance of handling and comfort. It is easy to drive with great visibility, automatic headlights and wipers.
As for engine choice, go for the 1.7-litre diesel as it accelerates smoothly is more economical than the petrol engines. Team this with the manual gearbox as the automatic seems reluctant to change gear enough. If it’s four-wheel drive you are after, you will need to spend more money and then it becomes more expensive than the equivalent Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti.
On the downside, the interior plastics feel lightweight and cheap, and Vauxhalls, historically, have not enjoyed great resale values. However, resale values may not be important to you if you take advantage of Vauxhall’s 100k mile or ten year warranty.
Spacious interior, decent equipment, low emissions