- Decent standard kit
- Excellent safety record
- Not very refined
- Below-average engines
- Not as spacious as rivals
Funky styled mini SUV disappoints in other areas
First introduced in 2012, the Vauxhall Mokka was thrown into the market by Vauxhall to compete in the increasingly popular compact crossover market. Based on the same platform as the third-generation Chevrolet Spark, the Mokka is in direct competition with the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, and the Skoda Yeti. Vauxhall offers a car with funky good looks, and an impressive spec list, but struggles in nearly every other department to match it’s impressive rivals.
Well designed, poor materials, impressive spec
When you first step into the cabin of the Mokka, everything looks to be going well. The design is modern, contemporary, and looks generally impressive. However if you touch the materials, you’ll realise that the majority of it is made from hard plastics, especially in areas where you don’t often venture. Even its rivals struggle in this area however, so it’s certainly not too much worse than you’d get elsewhere.
Compared to the Skoda Yeti, the boot of the Mokka is a little disappointing. It does, however, pack enough space for a small buggy, a couple of take-on suitcases, or a big family shop. It’s also well-shaped, so it’s easy to fit awkward items into the 356 litre capacity that the Mokka offers. There’s also useful bag hooks in the back which will be a popular addition for some.
Spec-wise, the Mokka impresses. Even the entry-level Exclusiv models come with front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, electric mirrors, and dual-zone climate control. There’s also a decent infotainment package that includes a DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and steering wheel audio controls as standard. Further up the range there’s the option of a sat-nav system with a 7” colour screen, though it’s not the easiest to use.
The interior of the Mokka is decent, without being spectacular. It’s well designed, but Vauxhall have scrimped on material quality, there’s enough space, but it falls way behind its rivals, and there’s a decent level of standard kit. Whilst you’re not going to be blown away with the Mokka’s cabin, you’re not going feel too hard done by.
Little body roll, but a little stiff
Unlike a lot of cars in the Vauxhall lineup, the Mokka isn’t particularly great to drive. There’s little in the way of grip, with lots of understeer, and feedback is also quite limited. If you’re after a driver's car this is not it. However, the chassis manages body well pretty well, with little roll, especially on the four-wheel drive models. As with most cars in its class, it’s main purpose isn’t to be fantastic to drive, and only the Skoda Yeti is noticeably better.
Oddly for a car high off the ground, the suspension is quite stiff. At low speeds speed humps and potholes can be more than a little jarring. It’s not so bad on motorways, where it irons out bumps nicely over more smoother surfaces. Compared to most of its rivals, it is far less refined.
Gearbox options in the Mokka come in three guises. On the most basic models there is a 5-speed manual transmission, that while decent, will leave you a little bit short on motorway drives. The majority of the range however comes with a 6-speed manual, that’s actually pretty impressive. There’s also a 6-speed auto option that’s available with the 1.6CDTi 136PS.
Diesels are a little dated, but the 1.4 litre Turbo impresses
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Mokka, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s a range of choices with these, but diesels are a little clunky, and the entry level 1.6 litre petrol unit struggles in the lower rev range.
If it’s speed that you value, the Mokka is probably not the car for you. The most powerful unit available is the turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol engine. It packs in 140bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds. It’s not the quickest car in the world, but it’s arguably the best match with the Mokka.
If you’re concerned with saving the planet, the best option in the range is the diesel-powered 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX engine. It produces just 109 g/km of C02 emissions, which leaves this model just one bracket away from free road tax. This model is also the most fuel-efficient, producing up to 68.9mpg. This is actually pretty impressive, and will certainly save you some money on diesel.
The engines available in the Mokka range are reasonable, without being outstanding. The pick of the bunch is the 1.4 litre Turbo, though the 1.6 litre ecoFlex diesel is both eco-friendly, and fuel-efficient, which is perfect for families on a budget.
Whichever engine choice you go for in your used Corsa, you’re sure to get a car capable of handling your everyday needs, and more.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, decent standard safety kit
Like most cars in its class, the Mokka easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. It also beats a lot of rivals in individual percentage areas, making it one of the safest mini SUVs on the market. There’s also a reasonable amount of safety technology as standard. Even the most basic model comes with six airbags, traction control, and stability control, helping to keep you and your family safe.
Decent efficiency, heavy first year depreciation
The Vauxhall Mokka, compared to a lot of its rivals, is disappointingly pricey to run. Emissions figures are disappointing, which will make road tax more costly, though fuel consumption levels aren’t too bad, with the diesels particularly impressing.
In terms of insurance, this obviously varies from model to model. The range starts in group 5 for the entry level 1.6i Exclusiv, and ranges up to group 15 for the 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX. In terms of insurance, the Mokka is actually quite good value for money, providing you choose the right option.
Depreciation is one area that particularly affects the Vauxhall Mokka quite heavily, but only if you buy new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Vauxhall Mokka isn’t a car that’s going to blow your socks off. It is however a decent option for family buyers. It’s got a well-designed interior, there’s an exceptional safety record, and decent levels of standard kit. So whilst it may not be as good as some rivals in other areas, it’s certainly an option worth considering.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.