Vauxhall Mokka Review 2022

Vauxhall Mokka At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The latest Vauxhall Mokka is a surprisingly desirable choice in the competitive small SUV market. It's not without its flaws, competitors are better to drive – but the Mokka does offer good value for money.

+Trendy design. High seating position. Cheap to run. Infinitely better than its predecessor.

-Not as practical as rivals. Four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating.

New prices start from £31,995

The dreary old Vauxhall Mokka has been replaced by a stylish new contender in the small SUV category. Priced upwards of £20,000, the new Mokka is set to tempt buyers away from the Renault Captur, Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq.

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 '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.

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).

It's easy to drive, while there's plenty of safety tech on hand to prevent you from being involved in a crash. Not enough for a five-star Euro NCAP rating, though – a lack of a centre airbag and the autonomous emergency braking system's inability to spot a cyclist were its downfall.

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.

Looking for a second opinon? Read heycar's Vauxhall Mokka-e review.

Ask Honest John

How can I find a car with equivalent spec to my current car?
"I'm looking to buy a new car but I want equivalent spec to my 2014 Vauxhall Meriva Tech Line 1.2-litre petrol manual, with heated front seats, heated steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors. I am open to buying from Vauxhall or a different manufacturer, although it's only ever been Vauxhalls that I've owned. Do you have any suggestions for an equivalent make and model that would be a suitable replacement, especially anything that is at a cheaper purchase price?"
The best way to find out is to download cars' price lists – Googling "Make Model price list PDF" should come up with the goods – and then compare them side-by-side. I'd suggest looking at cars like the Citroen C3 Aircross, Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall Mokka. I would expect the Vauxhall to be the cheapest option with your desired specification, but it's unlikely to be cheaper than your old car given the current sky-high prices.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you suggest some electric or hybrid SUVs for a £40,000 budget?
"I currently have a 1.4 petrol Vauxhall Mokka X. I am looking to replace this with an electric or self-charging hybrid SUV. I need something to get my golf clubs in. I travel only locally but have relatives some 140 miles away which I visit every other month. I would like something comfortable have a budget of around £40,000. "
We'd recommend a Hyundai Ioniq 5. It's a very comfortable and practical electric SUV with an impressive 238-mile range from the most affordable models. You could also consider the very similar Kia EV6 or the smaller Hyundai Kona Electric. Alternatively, if you rate your current Mokka X, the new Vauxhall Mokka-e is comfortably within budget. If you'd prefer a hybrid model, take a look at the new Hyundai Tucson.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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