British motorists have a certain fondness for Vauxhall cars probably because they are one of the oldest established vehicle manufacturers and distribution companies in the UK.
I spent my early years as a Vauxhall passenger as my father loved them. He could never persuaded to be a Ford buyer.
Vauxhall was founded by Alexander Wilson in 1857 as a pump and marine engine manufacturer and he sold the company to Andrew Brown in 1863 who began producing cranes and then cars at the turn of the 20th century.
While Vauxhall was acquired by General Motors in 1925 the company sold passenger cars, electric and light commercial vehicles under the Vauxhall marque and then sold vans, buses, and trucks under the Bedford brand.
Vauxhall has been the second-largest selling car brand in the UK for more than 20 years in its annual race with Ford for who could sell the most vehicles in a year.
Since 1980, Vauxhall cars have been largely identical to those of Opel and after 92 years under GM’s ownership, Vauxhall was sold to the French Groupe PSA four years ago. Then at the beginning of the year Vauxhall joined the Stellantis company which is a Dutch multinational company which includes Peugeot, Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep.
While Vauxhall has major manufacturing facilities in Luton and Liverpool there is the possibility that these will be closed because there is more than sufficient production facilities on the continent.
Vauxhall-branded vehicles are already manufactured in Opel factories in Germany, Spain and Poland and among the half dozen models they build are the Mokka, which is the second version of their compact SUV. And that is assembled in France.
The experts didn’t reckon much to the first version but the second generation they thought was a better all rounder with its four engine type of diesel, petrol or electric.
Irrespective of model you can easily get 50 miles to the gallon and prices vary from £21,000 to £35,000 with the three year warranty or 60,000 miles. And the Mokka is a pretty nippy machine chasing the highway and byways.
There was a new signature feature which was introduced on the New Mokka. This integrates the grille, headlights and badge into one dramatic sweeping module. Vauxhall boast that it is clean, precise and technical plus decidedly different. It’s hard to disagree.
The Mokka has a softly sprung suspension making it extremely comfortable. The seats are nicely high up giving you a good view of the road and the seat and steering wheel can be easily altered for you to get a comfortable driving position.
The dashboard is well laid out and quite easy to sort out with buttons for climate control and media volume. A 7.0in digital instrument display comes as standard in the Vauxhall Mokka, with a larger 12.0in display provided from SRi Nav Premium trim and up. It is both clear and easy to read.
Every Vauxhall Mokka comes with bright LED headlights and daytime running lights to aid night-time visibility, and the SRi trim adds LED front foglights. Matrix adaptive LED headlights come as standard on range-topping Ultimate Nav models. They shape their light output to avoid dazzling other road users while full beam is selected.
The basic model is the SE and there is bags of kit for starters.
You get a 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; 16-inch silver alloy wheels; climate control; 7-inch digital instrument panel; cruise control with speed limiter; LED headlights & tail lights; lane departure warning with lane assist and speed sign recognition.