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Striking truck drivers that recently blocked Van Reenen’s Pass forced us into an impromptu detour on a rocky gravel road in the new Opel Mokka, and it ticked off one conclusion: crossovers, otherwise known as softroaders, can be more capable in the rough stuff than you’d say.

With its slightly elevated 160mm ride height the front-wheel drive Opel is hardly a candidate for an off-road expedition, but its high-profile tyres happily cruised over the craters and small rocks we were forced onto by the protesters...

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