The Vauxhall Mokka X is a small SUV that comes with lots of high-tech equipment as standard, but many other alternatives are more practical and better to drive
The Vauxhall Mokka X is a small-but-tall SUV that comes with lots of equipment as standard but doesn’t have a particularly upmarket interior. It’s a little larger than the likes of the Renault Captur but alternatives such as the Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 2008 are more practical.
The Mokka X does come with height adjustable front seats, however, so getting comfy up front isn’t a problem – although you will have to stare at a fairly drab dashboard.
It’s not all bad news though – you get a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring means you can use your phone’s navigation and music streaming apps through the car’s built-in screen. It’s worth upgrading to a Design Nav model for its larger eight-inch screen though – it’s slightly easier to use and comes with satellite navigation as standard.
Things aren’t so rosy in the back – the Mokka X may be a tall SUV but once you’ve climbed in there’s less headroom than you’d find in a Peugeot 2008, and its narrow body means it’s not very roomy at all with three people on the back seats.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of room to lift in a child seat but there’s far less space in the Mokka X’s 356-litre boot than you get in either a 410-litre 2008 or a 430-litre Qashqai. You can flip the seats down in a two-way (60:40) split to carry long luggage and up to two passengers at once, and there’s no annoying boot lip to heave objects over when loading the boot.
With all the seats down the floor’s nearly flat and the Mokka X’s 1,371-litre boot is roomier than the 1,235-litre Captur’s and big enough to carry a bike with one wheel removed – though a 1,400-litre Peugeot 2008 or a 1,585-litre Qashqai are roomier still.
The Vauxhall Mokka X looks a bit like two Corsas in a trench coat trying to sneak into an 18-rated movie
If you spend lots of time driving around town, pick the 1.4-litre turbo petrol model. It’s nippier than the diesels and will return around 35mpg in the real-world compared to Vauxhall’s claimed 45.6mpg. If you spend more time on motorways then go for the 1.6-litre diesel – okay, it’s noisier than the petrols but it’ll return about 55mpg on long trips.
The optional £915 automatic gearbox helps make long journeys a little more relaxing but the Mokka X’s slightly wallowy suspension means it often struggles to soften the thud of large potholes. The Nissan Qashqai does a much better job of ironing out bumps in rutted British roads.
Euro NCAP hasn’t crash-tested the Mokka X but the regular Mokka (on which it’s based) received a five-star safety rating back in 2012. The tests have been made much stricter since, however, so newer five-star-rated cars will provide a little more protection in a collision.
The Vauxhall Mokka X does its best to stand out but it’s neither as practical nor feels as upmarket as many alternatives.
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