Vauxhall Mokka Review (2012)
Vauxhall Mokka Review (2012)

Vauxhall is aiming to inject fresh interest into its car range with some new models, and the new Mokka, a small chunky sports utility vehicle (SUV) is the first of them. It will soon be joined by the Adam, a plush Mini-rivalling supermini, and the Cascada, a four-seater Astra-based cabriolet.

The oddly-named Mokka has quite a sharp suit of clothes, with a boldly styled front end, swept-back sides and a chunky tail complete with a quite prominent under-bumper skid plate. It is the newest competitor in a popular part of the car market pioneered by Nissan with the original QASHQAI and becoming increasingly crowded as more and more of these slightly butch, elevated and somewhat pumped-up looking SUVs arrive on the scene.

Although it wears a British badge, with a German Opel sister model, and therefore appears to be a European car, the Mokka is actually made in South Korea at a Chevrolet factory owned by General Motors.

The Mokka is available with a choice of two petrol engines: a 1.6 litre 16-valve carburettor model with  113 bhp, or a 1.4 litre turbocharged 4x4 with 138 bhp. There is also the 1.7 litre CDTi turbodiesel model that we test here, which is expected to be the best-selling version in the range. Prices start from £16,995 for a 1.6 petrol front-wheel-drive Mokka, and rise to £20,990 for a 1.7 diesel 4x4.


The quickest model in the Mokka range is the 1.4T 4x4, with a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 9.4 seconds, 116 mph top speed, 44.1 average mpg and a CO2 figure of 149 g/km. This 1.7 litre diesel does 0-62 mph in 10.2 secs, is flat out at 116 mph, consumes 62.8 mpg on the government fuel cycle, and has a CO2 output of 153 g/km to put it in VED band G.

With 221 lb ft of torque peaking from 2,000 to 2,500 rpm, the Mokka diesel has good mid-range punch and is a reasonable performer, but you pay a penalty in an engine that works hard and is far louder than it should be.

Published : 29/10/12 Author : Sue Baker

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