The Mokka is an interesting new addition to the ranks of compact SUVs, but having driven it we cannot avoid the impression that it ought to be better than it is.
Comfort and Refinement
All-round comfort is quite reasonable, with supportive seats that are quite nicely cushioned. Refinement is another matter. It really isn't good enough, with a fluff of wind noise around the front pillars and far too much engine noise from the quite elderly diesel unit under the bonnet. The engine seems inherently noisy, and it is not particularly well suppressed.
The Mokka's instruments are quite clear and the dash controls are reasonably laid out, with soft-touch fabrics giving an appearance of quality. But the overall impression of the fascia is just a bit fussy, and the switchgear is not particularly tactile. Colour choice is quite crucial. The more sober cabin colours look reasonable enough, but some colour shades are not particularly pleasing, notably a rather strange brown tone that reminded us of something you'd rather not step in.
Safety and Security
Although the Mokka has yet to be tested for Euro NCAP, it has been designed for a five-star rating, which Vauxhall seems quite confident of achieving. It comes equipped with a reasonable array of airbags, and has a Thatcham immobiliser alarm system, and options such as parking sensors.
The Mokka's standard audio system has a pretty average sound quality, it's not at all bad but nothing to write home about. Standard kit on the car is pretty reasonable though. This Tech Line version has smart 17-inch alloys, climate control, dusk-sensing automatic lights, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and rear parking sensors.
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What We Liked
- Nicely styled
- Smart-looking instruments
- Roomy interior
- Good head and knee-room for the car's size
- Well equipped
- Good economy
What We Disliked
- Too noisy
- Undistinguished dynamics
- Steering lacks feel
- Newest kind on the small SUV block, but older rivals are better
What We Would Like To See
- Quieter engine with much better sound suppression
- Better quality ride
- A nicer palette of colours for the interior
The Mokka is an interesting new addition to the ranks of compact SUVs, but having driven it we cannot avoid the impression that it ought to be better than it is. If you want a roomy smallish SUV that is not bad-looking and has reasonable driving manners, and you are wooed by the idea of having a car that is one of the newest in its class, put this one on the list for consideration. But take an even longer look at some of its better engineered rivals.29 October 2012
Vauxhall Mokka Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Mokka 1.7 CDTi Tech Line|
|Body Type||5-door SUV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||116 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||62.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||Lifetime / 100,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 29/10/12)||£17,445|