Test driven: Opel Mokka X Cosmo delivers fun, sporty and enjoyable driving experience

BY GRAEME LUND - MARCH 7, 2017
Test driven: Opel Mokka X Cosmo delivers fun, sporty and enjoyable driving experience

The Opel Mokka X Cosmo is one of the most fun, sporty and enjoyable SUV/Crossovers that I have driven.

It’s not just the experience; aesthetically, I found the lines of this, the latest version of the Mokka, to be attractive and sophisticated and the interior to be comfortable and enjoyable to use.

Dominic Rimmer, General Manager Product Planning, GM Sub-Saharan Africa, had this to say; “As predicted when we launched Mokka just over 18 months ago, it has grown into a worthy contender in a segment which is experiencing exponential growth all over the world. In South Africa it has attracted a new kind of buyer to the brand: those who seek a fashionable sub-compact SUV which is exciting to drive.”

There are subtle external changes to the 2016 upgrade of this brand, including new headlight clusters with integrated double-wing LED daytime running lights and the new wing-shaped horizontal grille that adds to the styling.

On the interior, Opel has transferred the delightful dashboard architecture from the Astra into the Mokka X. 

The Mokka X Cosmo is equipped with Opel’s high-end R4.0 IntelliLink infotainment, which was bright and easy to use. It took me a mere 25 seconds to interpret and connect my cell phone to the Mokka.

I drove the 6-speed automatic, which was nippy and had plenty of oomph when needed.  This comes, surprisingly, from a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The performance statistics state that there are 103 kW and 200 Nm of torque.

The manual derivatives are claimed to accelerate from zero to 100 kph in 9.8 seconds, while automatic derivatives are a touch slower at 10.7 seconds. The Mokka X can reach a top speed of 191 km/h.

Claimed fuel consumption for the Cosmo automatic is 6.5 L/100 km.

I was very sad to say goodbye to this vehicle.