Used Vauxhall Mokka (2012 - 2016) Comfort

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 27 Jul 2015
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The Vauxhall Mokka is a completely new model launched into the lucrative and rapidly expanding compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) or crossover market. The company hopes that the neatly styled, practical and well specified car will appeal to those with a more active lifestyle, as well as helping to draw in new buyers to Vauxhall.

3 out of 5

Comfort

It's a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to Vauxhall Mokka comfort levels. The cabin is moderately comfortable, with plenty of leg and head room, but the Mokka's seats can leave you feeling restless and uncomfortable.

The sports seats are even less comfortable, with an overly aggressively bolstered seat squab that pinches too firmly. Fortunately a range of seat adjustments, and a steering column that adjusts for rise and reach, allows you to find a sensible driving position without fuss.

In the rear of the Mokka there's just about space for three adults and again there's a good amount of room on offer, although taller front passengers will cause reductions in rear legroom. The rear seats benefit from head rests which improves comfort.

Around town the Mokka's cabin is refined but out on the motorway wind noise can intrude notably and the engines can be noisy when worked hard. The ride is good for the most part, although bumps and cracks in the road can cause the Mokka to jostle about.

4 out of 5

Practicality

Vauxhall Mokka practicality is good thanks to a substantial boot and plenty of interior space. With the rear seats up the boot can hold 362 litres, around the same as a Ford Focus. That is, however, smaller than alternatives like the Skoda Yeti.

Fold the rear seats down and the luggage space - measured up to the roof - increases to a 1,372 litres. Again that's considerably less than the Yeti, which offers a huge 1,760 litres of stowage space with the seats down, but it's plenty for day-to-day use.

The rear seats fold in a 60:40 split, so the Mokka can accommodate larger items while retaining some of its rear seating.

There are 19 storage points dotted around the cabin, including a substantial glovebox and door bins capable of holding bottles, which will prove useful for those with children.

Exclusiv versions of the Mokka also get a 230 volt charging socket, behind the front seats, which is ideal for charging laptops or other mobile devices.

The Vauxhall comes with a 54-litre fuel tank which means, depending on engine, a potential range of around 500 to 740 miles based on the manufacturer's claimed average consumption figures.

The 1.6-litre petrol version can tow a braked trailer of up to 1,360kg, while all the other models can tow a trailer of up to 1,470kg.

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3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The Mokka's interior is very similar to that of the sixth generation Astra. Much of the switchgear and design is shared with other Vauxhall products too, so many previous Vauxhall drivers will feel right at home.

The Mokka's controls are all easily accessed and relatively intuitive, and finding a good driving position is easy, but the centre console is crammed full of buttons and it looks very busy.

The interior has a presentable appearance and the materials used feel durable and of a good quality but there are some easily marked plastics in places, something that's bound to become an issue in what is potentially a family car.

There are some questionably finished parts as well, such as the instrument binnacle cover that flexes dubiously if you push on it.

Visibility can be an issue, as the Mokka has quite a large rear quarter blind spot due to wide rear pillars and narrow rear windows. Rear parking sensors, or the optional reversing camera, are highly recommended to go some way to helping combat this.

The interior is also a little bland and unexciting, as there's nothing to differentiate it majorly from any of the company's other products. Rivals like the Nissan Juke are much more interesting and characterful with regards to interior styling.