Used Vauxhall Mokka (2012 - 2016) Safety & Reliability

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 27 Jul 2015
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.

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Given that the car is most likely to be used by small families, buyers will be glad to hear that Vauxhall Mokka safety is very good.

The body structure and its components are designed to absorb impacts, protecting occupants, and the car performed well in Euro NCAP testing. It carries a five-star overall rating and boasts high scores for both adult and child occupant protection.

As standard the car comes with front airbags, front side impact airbags, full-size curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat restraints for the outer rear seats, five three-point inertia reel seatbelts and front seatbelt pretensioners and limiters.

Electronic stability control is fitted as standard and adds further safety functionality, including hill start assist, hill descent control and traction control - even on front-wheel drive versions. These make the car easier to control during emergency manoeuvres or if off-roading.

Mokka safety is improved further by substantial front and rear disc brakes, an anti-lock braking system and an emergency brake assist function. Those who want more safety equipment can specify the "Front Camera System" pack which adds a forward collision alert, lane keeping assist and traffic sign recognition.

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Vauxhall Mokka reliability should be good. The car feels robustly built and many of the mechanical parts have been well proven in previous Vauxhall models.

The company produces cars which are generally reliable, only sometimes suffering from minor problems and faults, so buyers should have little to fear on the reliability front if they're considering buying a Mokka.

The car also gets Vauxhall's "Lifetime" warranty which is valid for the life of the vehicle or up to 100,000 miles.

Car check problem points


Car park dents and scrapes are the thing to look for when buying a Mokka, as many will be used frequently in and around town.


Vauxhall engines and gearboxes are usually durable and trouble free. It's still worth checking the fluid levels and condition to make sure everything is in order, however.


Most Mokkas will rarely venture off-road but do have a glance at the car's underside to check for any obvious damage.