Vauxhall Mokka Review & Ratings
- 12 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
When We first drove Vauxhall’s small SUV abroad, we were decidedly underwhelmed. However, we’ve since had the opportunity to drive UK production cars, which have bespoke settings for the suspension and steering. Ride comfort was the biggest complaint before; the Mokka was decidedly crashy over big bumps and potholes, and refused to settle at speed. UK cars are slightly softer, so aren’t quite as uncomfortable. However, the car still fidgets on less-thanperfect surfaces – especially at low speeds – and feels floaty over dips and crests.
It’s a similar story with the steering. In european-spec cars, the wheel was unnervingly slow to load up when you turned in to a bend, and was inconsistently weighted once it finally did. The tweaks have improved things, and the weighting is now consistent right from the off. However, the steering still isn’t great, being vague and rather light. It’s a shame, because otherwise the Mokka handles quite tidily. Other tweaks include new door seals designed to better isolate the cabin from wind noise. there’s still too much, though, and there’s also a fair amount of road noise, especially over coarse surfaces.
The Mokka’s engines also have refinement issues. The 128bhp 1.7-litre diesel is horribly gruff under acceleration and grumbles away at motorway speeds. The 113bhp 1.6 petrol is also pretty intrusive on the motorway because it lacks a sixth gear, while both petrols (the other being a 138bhp 1.4 turbo) become pretty loud when you work them hard.
What’s it like inside?
There’s more space in the back than there is in the Peugeot 3008 (although less than in the Nissan Qashqai), and you also get a decent-sized boot with no load lip. the rear seats fold almost flat, too. Tech Line trim looks like good value for money, providing lots of luxury kit for a reasonable price, but running costs are nothing special by class standards. The Mokka is better, then, but the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti are better still.