Vauxhall Mokka X (2012 – 2019) Review

Vauxhall Mokka X (2012 – 2019) At A Glance


+Front wheel drive or four wheel drive. Good rear passenger room. Efficient 1.7 CDTi. 140PS 1.4T is the engine of choice. Mokka X much improved. Very few reports of problems.

-Not particularly quick or refined. Relatively high list prices (but always heavily discounted). Does not delude you with the quality of its trim.

Insurance Groups are between 5–15
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

Prior to the Mokka, apart from the rarely seen Antara (a car outsold by its Chevrolet Captiva counterpart), Vauxhall's current line-up consisted of everyday hatchbacks and MPVs.

The Mokka is Vauxhall's attempt to appeal to outdoorsy family buyers. People who want a practical car but one that makes a statement. So expect to see lots of 'lifestyle' stuff in the marketing. Cue people on beaches kitesurfing. Of course in reality the Mokka is a car that will spend more time in the car park of the local Sainsbury's.

It's not a bad looker though with a distinctive front end that's more aggressive than the usual Vauxhall design along with a sharply rising window line. That said, the rear isn't as successful and overall there's a lot going on. It's certainly not the cleanest of designs. However, the tall shape means there's plenty of space inside with surprising amounts of room for rear passengers, much more than the Nissan Juke – a car Vauxhall is hoping the Mokka will rival.

The line up includes three efficient engines all of which are fitted with a start-stop system. There is a 1.6-litre petrol or a 1.4-litre Turbo petrol. The one diesel is a 1.7 CDTi with 130PS and 300Nm of torque. The latter two engines are available with a six-speed automatic as an option. Most models come with 18-inch alloys as standard.

When it was launched, you could could sum up the biggest problem for the Mokka in two words – Skoda Yeti. The Yeti was a better car in every department from performance and refinement to quality and value for money.

However, in 2016 Vauxhall improved on some of the main criticisms of the Mokka, with the facelift model getting better infotainment and a redesigned interior. Indeed, by 2017 we had only recorded six complaints about the Mokka yet 73 about the Yeti.

Vauxhall Mokka 2012 Range Road Test

Vauxhall Mokka X 1.6 CDTI 2016 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Mokka X (2012 – 2019)


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26–65 mpg

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Could you recommend a reliable, economical car that can fit a wheelchair in the back?
"What would you suggest for my next car or SUV on a budget of £12,000? It needs to be easy to drive, cheap to tax, fuel efficient, high spec, high seating position, reliable and comfortable. I do 17,000 miles per year and it needs to be able to hold a powered wheelchair in its boot. An auto would nice but not sure if it would be able to cope with the mileage, as I'm worried about servicing costs. What should I look for? Thanks."
A Vauxhall Mokka could be a good option. It's a good value crossover SUV. Go for the 1.6 CDTi diesel engine, which is available with a manual or automatic gearbox. It should be fairly frugal and cheap to maintain. This should give you an idea of common issues: If you're happy with a manual gearbox, also consider a Kia Sportage or Hyundai Tucson. Both are very reliable SUVs with excellent 1.7-litre diesel engines.
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Which small crossovers have the best ride comfort?
"My wife has a 2018 Vauxhall Mokka X with 18-inch wheels. We are disappointed with the ride comfort, At slow speeds over pitted road surfaces or over speed humps it can feel as though it has solid tyres. On undulating country roads, it seems to exaggerate the bumps rather than smoothing them out. We use 32psi as per Vauxhall`s tyre pressure table. Assuming that this is normal for a Mokka X and nothing can be done to significantly improve the ride, which similar or a little smaller SUV would you recommend that will have a comfortable ride? Petrol engine and auto is required."
You could try a smaller set of wheels with higher profile tyres, although the majority of Mokkas were sold with 18-inch alloys so finding a smaller set might be difficult. I'd recommend a Citroen C3 Aircross. It's a very comfortable little crossover with soft suspension setup. Also, consider a Skoda Kamiq or SEAT Arona.
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Is the Renault Kadjar the best automatic crossover or should I look at other alternatives?
"At present, I own a 2016 Vauxhall Mokka which I am very happy with but I would like something more comfortable. I'm 6'3" tall and well into my retirement years. I need an automatic crossover and the one I have in mind at the moment is the Renault Kadjar. Would you recommend this and what are the alternatives? My budget would be up to about £15,000."
The Kadjar's a good choice. It's got a better interior than the closely-related Qashqai and a reliable automatic gearbox. I'd also look at the Honda CR-V - it's a bit bigger (and more expensive) but will be very reliable and is very comfortable.
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Why does the turbo on my diesel whistle so much?
"I recently had my engine and turbo replaced on my Vauxhall Mokka. I am not car savvy and had been on my way to a garage to get the high pitch dentist drill noise checked out. Once I had the car taken to the supplier I waited a month to get it back. When I received it back it was working brilliant, but recently it's starting to make the dreaded whistle again. Is it normal for a turbo to whistle all the time? This is my first diesel so I don't know if it's a normal thing. This time I cannot tell if the noise is noticeable from outside, whereas last time you could hear me coming a mile off with the siren sound of the turbo. It does not make the noise when idle only when accelerating."
The original turbo probably failed due to oil starvation of the turbo bearings because the turbo bearings oil feed and oil return pipes were blocked with carbon from switching the engine off when the turbo was too hot. If these pipes were not replaced at the same time as the turbo then that explains the short life of the new turbo.
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What does a Vauxhall Mokka X (2012 – 2019) cost?

Buy new from £18,546 (list price from £20,570)