Vauxhall Mokka X (2012 – 2019) Review

Vauxhall Mokka X (2012 – 2019) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Vauxhall Mokka X was a sound idea in theory, but is let down by a mediocre drive and disappointing cabin quality compared with rivals.

+Front or four-wheel drive. Good rear passenger room. Efficient engines.

-Not particularly quick or refined. Underwhelming cabin finish.

Insurance Groups are between 5–15
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

The Vauxhall Mokka – or Vauxhall Mokka X from 2016 – was a decent proposition: a small SUV with running gear from a small hatch, plus decent equipment and low costs. It’s just a shame it wasn’t finished to a higher standard or as good to drive as rivals which included the trailblazing Nissan Juke, the stylish Mazda CX-3 or Skoda Karoq and Skoda Yeti. Read on for our full Vauxhall Mokka X review.

The Vauxhall Mokka was the company’s attempt to appeal to people who want a practical car, but one that makes a statement. 

It’s not a bad looker, 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.

However, there’s plenty of space inside with surprising amounts of room for rear passengers, much more than in the Nissan Juke.

The line-up included three efficient engines, all of which were fitted with a start-stop system.

The range comprises a 1.6-litre petrol or a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, plus a 1.7 CDTi diesel with 130PS and 300Nm of torque. The latter two engines were available with a six-speed automatic as an option.

Most models came with 18-inch alloys as standard.

When it was launched, you could sum up the biggest problem for the Vauxhall Mokka in two words – Skoda Yeti.

The Czech company’s offering was a better car in every area, from performance and refinement to quality and value for money. As a used buy, the same rings true.

However, in 2016 Vauxhall improved on some of the main criticisms of the original, with the facelifted model getting better infotainment and a redesigned interior – and a minor name change to Vauxhall Mokka X.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Vauxhall Mokka X review.

Ask Honest John

Does the 2016 Vauxhall Mokka have a cam belt?

"Does the 2016 Vauxhall Mokka 1.4 petrol Tech Line use a cam belt? If so, at what mileage does it need replacing?"
The 1.4 turbo petrol uses a chain that is designed to last the life of the engine. As long as you keep the oil clean and change it every 12,000 miles or 12 months (whichever comes first) then it shouldn't need replacing.
Answered by Dan Powell

Can you recommend a small, automatic SUV with a heated steering wheel?

"I'm looking for a medium-sized SUV but new cars are so expensive. We need heated seats and steering wheel, leather preferably, automatic and lots of useful kit. Something comfortable, quiet and wafts along (not sports car or silly performance) and room for 5 if necessary. I want something reliable and easy to look after. Budget £9,000, we have trade-in worth about £6,000 help! RAV 4 ? Cheers. Julian "
Vauxhall was an early heated steering wheel adopter, so I'd have a look at the Mokka or Mokka X – other models are available but you'd have to stretch your budget. Review below:
Answered by Russell Campbell

What is the maximum towing weight for the Vauxhall Mokka?

"I have a 2015 Vauxhall Mokka CDTI eco, what is the maximum braked trailer weight it can tow? "
Braked towing weights for the Mokka tend to range from 1200kg to 1500kg. Without knowing which diesel engine your car has and its exact kerbweight, I can't tell you which towing category your car falls under. The maximum braked towing weight will be on a plate or sticker on your car somewhere. Either in the engine bay or inside one of the door frames. You will also need to check the noseweight (which is the downward force of the caravan or trailer). For best stability and safety you shouldn't tow anything that exceeds 85% of the kerbweight of the vehicle.
Answered by Dan Powell

Vauxhall Astra Tourer or Vauxhall Mokka?

"I have a choice of purchasing a Vauxhall Mokka 2015 Euro 6 1.6CTDi Tech Line or an Astra 2017 1.6CTDi Ecoflex Tourer, but not sure which car would be better to own. What's your advice? "
I personally think the Astra is a far superior car – it's nicer inside, has neater handling and is more comfortable. On the other hand, the Mokka's tall body shape means it has more usable interior space. It's worth taking both for a spin to work out which one suits you best.
Answered by Russell Campbell
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