Vauxhall Mokka SUV
Price £16,684 - £25,164
- Lots of equipment
- Good all-round practicality
- Impressive safety credentials
- Bouncy ride
- Noisy engines
- Cheap-feeling interior plastics
At a glance
"The Vauxhall Mokka is usefully practical and comes with lots of equipment as standard, although the overall package isn’t enough to make it a class leader."
It's hard to get excited about the Vauxhall Mokka, particularly when you compare it to class-leading rivals like the Skoda Yeti. The Vauxhall isn’t all bad but as a complete package it's not really good enough to be thought of as a genuine alternative to similar-size SUVs currently on the market.
The styling of the Mokka is much like that of rivals like the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke and the bold, chunky styling gives it more presence on the road than you’d expect when you know its actual dimensions – a Vauxhall Corsa is only around 20cms shorter than the Mokka. Something in favour of the Mokka when compared to the EcoSport and Juke is the extra space inside, which means more headroom for all occupants and a reasonably large boot.
The pick of the engine range is the 1.6-litre diesel, mainly because it's comfortably the most efficient in the line-up. If you envisage using the car for short trips around town, rather than motorway journeys, the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine may be the better choice. That's because there is a part on diesel cars that gets clogged if you don’t regularly run them above a certain number of revs for a prolonged length of time. Whichever engine you choose, the Mokka won’t feel like much fun to drive thanks to rather uninvolving steering, poor gearboxes and a bouncy suspension.
The Mokka is a front-wheel drive car as standard but all models, apart from those with the 1.6-litre petrol, can be bought with four-wheel drive as an option. Unfortunately, both four-wheel drive and the optional automatic gearbox have a big impact on the Mokka's fuel bills, so they’re both worth avoiding unless you really need them.
Another plus point to bear in mind when buying a Mokka is the generous kit list on the entry-level Exclusiv model, which includes dual-zone climate control, DAB digital radio and automatic headlights. Mid-range Tech Line adds sat-nav, meaning top-of-the-line SE trim is reserved for those who really want all the gadgets and luxuries available.
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The Vauxhall Mokka isn’t the cheapest car in this class to insure and run, but it’s not too bad, either
The Vauxhall Mokka is decent to drive and has some reasonable engines, although the gearboxes aren’t that impressive.
The Vauxhall Mokka has plenty of equipment as standard, but interior quality lets the side down
The Vauxhall Mokka has plenty of storage space and a large boot, although adults may find the rear seats a bit tight.
The Vauxhall Mokka has seriously impressive safety credentials, but its warranty cover is only average