Review

Vauxhall Mokka SUV

Price  £16,199 - £24,149

Vauxhall Mokka SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Good all-round practicality
  • Lots of equipment
  • Impressive safety credentials
Cons
  • 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, though the overall package isn’t enough to make it a class leader.”

At face value, the Vauxhall Mokka isn’t particularly impressive, especially in comparison with class-leading competitors like the Skoda Yeti. The Vauxhall has some good points, but the overall execution isn’t good enough for us to consider it superior to its main rivals. However, that's not to say this compact crossover has nothing to recommend it.

Much like some of its main rivals (such as the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke), the Vauxhall Mokka has bold and chunky styling that helps it to look much bigger than it actually is – the Vauxhall Corsa supermini is only 28cm shorter than the Mokka. Unlike the aforementioned competitors, however, there's quite a lot of interior space, with a decent amount of headroom all round and a fairly spacious boot.

Of the Vauxhall Mokka engines on offer, the 1.7-litre diesel is the one that should suit the needs of most buyers, mainly as it's the most efficient engine in the range by a comfortable margin. However, it's also quite noisy at higher speeds, and the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol may be a better bet if you spend more of your time driving in built-up areas.

All Vauxhall Mokkas come with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox as standard, and all engines bar the 1.6-litre petrol can be fitted with four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission as options. However, both of those features considerably increase the car's running costs, so unless you really need them in your day-to-day driving, we’d advise you to leave the Mokka as it is.

It's a similar story with the trim levels. With so much standard kit on the entry-level Exclusiv (dual-zone climate control, DAB digital radio, climate control and automatic headlights) and mid-range Tech Line trim packages (everything in Exclusiv plus a built-in sat-nav system), there's no need to spend the extra cash for the top-of-the-line SE specification. And, no matter which Vauxhall Mokka you go for, you’re guaranteed a very safe car courtesy of the latest technology.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

The Vauxhall Mokka isn’t the cheapest car in this class to insure and run, but it’s not too bad, either.

Engines, drive & performance

2.2 / 5

The Vauxhall Mokka is decent to drive and has some reasonable engines, although the gearboxes aren’t that impressive.

Interior & comfort

2.7 / 5

The Vauxhall Mokka has plenty of equipment as standard, but interior quality lets the side down

Practicality & boot space

3.2 / 5

The Vauxhall Mokka has plenty of storage space and a large boot, although adults may find the rear seats a bit tight.

Reliability & safety

3.6 / 5

The Vauxhall Mokka has seriously impressive safety credentials, but its warranty cover is only average

What the others say

2.3 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
“With so much choice in the marketplace, we’d suggest trying all rivals before you plump for the Mokka due to its high prices and so-so driving dynamics.”
2 / 5
“The Vauxhall Mokka isn’t without appeal. However, most rivals have it beaten in almost every area.”
4 / 10
“There are many good mini-SUVs on the market. The Mokka isn’t one of them.”

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