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 84% 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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Average performance


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26–65 mpg

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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
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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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