Vauxhall Mokka Review 2023
Vauxhall Mokka At A Glance
The dreary old Vauxhall Mokka has been replaced by a stylish new contender in the small SUV category. Priced upwards of £22,000, the desirable new Mokka is tempting buyers away from the Renault Captur, Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq. You can also have it as an electric car. Check out our Vauxhall Mokka review to see why it's such a big improvement.
The old Vauxhall Mokka (or Mokka X as it was also known) used to be tough to recommend unless you were on a strict budget. It was cheap, sure, but not cheerful, with a drab design, dated interior and disappointingly old-fashioned driving experience.
Today there's an all-new Vauxhall Mokka, and it's off to a much better start. It's based on a new platform, shared with the Citroen C4 and Peugeot 2008. Each have their own distinct style, though, and the Mokka's edgy 'Vizor' design language means there's no chance of it blending in. Not something that could be said about the old model.
The new Mokka looks pretty stylish inside, too, although it's a little bit dependent on which trim level you opt for. SRi models, for example, come with a flat-bottomed, leather-covered steering wheel and alloy pedals, while the high-spec Ultimate Nav features a flash 10-inch navigation system. Launch Edition cars come with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, too.
Like its peers, the Mokka is offered with petrol, diesel or electric power (the latter badged the Mokka-e). Don't bother with the diesel, unless you're planning to cover mega miles (or perhaps need to tow a small caravan).
The 1.2-litre petrol's expected to be the big seller, and it's available with 100PS or 130PS. It's a typical three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, more than sprightly enough around town and capable of holding its own on the motorway. The Mokka-e is the punchiest, but you're looking at a good £4,000 more than a mid-spec petrol automatic model.
While competitors like the Ford Puma and SEAT Arona are surprisingly agile, the Mokka takes a more laid back, comfortable approach. As such, there's not a great deal of enjoyment to be had in driving it quickly, but its suspension does a commendable job of smoothing over bumpy road surfaces (particularly around town). That could be more important for many.
The Vauxhall Mokka is also easy to drive, particularly if you go for the automatic gearbox option. There's also plenty of safety tech on hand to prevent you from being involved in a crash. Not enough for a five-star Euro NCAP rating, mind – a lack of a centre airbag and the autonomous emergency braking system's inability to spot a cyclist were its downfall. But it's a safe car all things considered.
It'll be cheap to run, too, with the 1.2-litre petrol engine capable of up to 51.4mpg (47.9mpg with the auto gearbox), while the 1.5-litre diesel officially returns up to 65.7mpg. Insurance and tax costs aren't high, either. If you're prepared to stump up for the Vauxhall Mokka e you'll save a lot of money in fuel, while you won't pay any tax.
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Vauxhall Mokka-e review.