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Vauxhall Mokka SUV (2012-2016) - Practicality & boot space

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

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Despite being closely related to the small Vauxhall Corsa supermini, the Vauxhall Mokka is quite practical. As expected from one of the more spacious compact crossovers on the market right now, there’s enough room in the boot to worry some family hatchbacks, as well as a surprising amount of headroom for front and back-seat passengers. On the downside, some adults might find shoulder room to be a bit tight.

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Thanks to a large windscreen, big side windows, good-sized door mirrors and compact dimensions, the Mokka is an easy car to navigate in tighter spots than many rivals, even without the optional parking sensors and reversing camera.

Vauxhall Mokka interior space and storage

The Mokka offers plenty of room for you and your passengers. Its raised roofline leaves plenty of headroom for people in the front and back, while the many cubbyholes dotted around inside mean there’s sure to be somewhere for all your odds and ends. Of particular note are the pair of gloveboxes and sizeable door bins: the former are a clever solution while the latter are deep and wide enough to accommodate large water bottles.

Perhaps the only big issue the Mokka has in terms of practicality is that rear legroom may be tight for taller passengers – especially if all three back seats are being used. However, this shouldn’t be an issue if the back seats will primarily be used by children or small to average-sized adults.

Vauxhall Mokka boot space

At 360 litres with the rear seats in place, the Mokka’s boot offers a decent amount of space that should be enough for the needs of most buyers. The 60:40 split-folding rear seat means you can fit larger items in the back while still being able to carry one or two back-seat passengers. The rear seats fold down almost completely flat as well, although you do need to remove the rear seat bases in order to do so.

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Folding all the seats down frees up the maximum 1,372-litre load capacity, which – in conjunction with the car’s boxy shape – should prove useful for carrying larger and more cumbersome items. However, while luggage space is a fair bit better than what you’d find in a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus, rivals like the Renault Captur do have more marginally more spacious boots.

Furthermore, similarly priced crossovers from the class above are far more practical than the Mokka – the Skoda Yeti, for instance, has 416 litres of space with its rear seats in place and a massive 1,760 litres when they’re folded down.

Another complaint relates to the Mokka’s boot opening. It’s quite high up, which could prove to be a troublesome obstacle when loading heavier items. However, the boot lip itself is quite shallow, so sliding them back out again should be much easier.

Towing capacity

Unsurprisingly, the least powerful engine in the range (the 1.6-litre petrol) is the least capable when it comes to towing a trailer. With this engine, the Mokka can pull a braked trailer weighing up to 1,200kg. Oddly, though, the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine also has a maximum towing capacity of 1,200kg – even though it has more power and torque across a broader rev range than the 1.6-litre engine.

Buyers looking for a bit more towing capacity should consider the 1.6-litre diesel engines, as they have a more respectable limit of 1,500kg, putting the Mokka on par with rivals such as the Nissan Juke 1.5-litre diesel.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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