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heycar review

      Launch year
      2012
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Meat and two veg SUV

Best bits

  • Spritely petrol
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard
  • Big savings to be made

Not so great

  • Diesel is rattly and rough
  • Plain design is uninspiring
  • Less interior space than rivals.

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Vauxhall Mokka X Front Side View

Overall verdict

Vauxhall Mokka X Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Mokka X Front Side

Driving

Vauxhall Mokka X Rear Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Mokka X Bootspace

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Vauxhall Mokka X

"The Vauxhall Mokka X is a small SUV that competes with models such as the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke and SEAT Arona."

Vauxhall Mokka X Front Side View

Originally called simply Mokka when it was launched in 2012, it was renamed Mokka X in 2016 to fit into Vauxhall’s new SUV range which included the Grandland X and the same-size Crossland X. 


While the Crossland X is designed to feel like a normal car with an SUV body, the Mokka X is supposed to feel like a more rugged, proper SUV and you can have it with four-wheel drive for light off-roading and towing – it’ll tow up to 1200kg.


Casting aside the nuances of the Vauxhall range, however, it’s clear the Mokka X is more family SUV than a true off-roader. It has inoffensive styling on the outside and a plain interior design but if you’re looking to stand out, you’ll be better off with a Peugeot 2008.


On the upside, all versions of the Mokka X come with a decent infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard so you can use your smartphone’s apps on the car’s big screen.


Okay, so the Mokka X isn’t huge but if you’re upgrading from a small family car then you’ll notice a useful uptake in interior space. Upfront, there’s loads of adjustment to get a comfortable driving position and tall adults will be fine in the passenger seat. 


The news isn’t so brilliant in the back. Tall adults sitting behind someone of similar height will feel squeezed, but kids will be fine, it’s just a shame the small doors make fitting a child seat such a pain. 


Boot space, meanwhile, isn’t among the best in class but it’ll feel pretty big if you’re trading up from a small family car and the large opening makes it easy to load.


Unfortunately, the Mokka X doesn’t instantly turn into a class leader when you hit the road. It misses out on the high-tech engines fitted to rivals and we’d avoid the clattery diesel model. Okay, so the 1.4-litre petrol isn’t brilliant on fuel but it is at least nippy.


And nippy is all you want in the Mokka X because it’s not a car you’re going to be tearing around the countryside in, it rolls in bends, the light steering doesn’t inspire confidence and it crashes over bumps and imperfections on A and B roads, and in town.


Sure, in the city it’s raised ride height gives you a decent view of the road ahead and light steering makes it easy to get parked up, but it’s odd that no model gets reversing sensors or a camera fitted as standard. You should also know that the Mokka X isn’t available with the automatic emergency brakes that come fitted as standard to newer rivals.


All is not lost, though, because the Mokka X makes a strong case for itself as a used buy. It’s uninspiring looks and older design mean it depreciates like a stone so you can pick up a new model with a handful of miles on the clock for almost half the price of a factory-fresh car. Get that sort of deal and the Mokka X makes a whole lot more sense. 


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Vauxhall Mokka X

1.4T ecoTEC Active 5dr

  • 2018
  • 18,521 miles
  • Perrys Vauxhall Burnley
  • Lancashire, BB115EX
Price:£9,450
PCP: £187.07/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £187.07, Customer Deposit: £1,417.00, Total Deposit: £1,417.50, Optional Final Payment: £3,512.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,214.02, Total Amount Payable: £11,664.02, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.59%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Vauxhall Mokka X

1.6i Design Nav 5dr

  • 2017
  • 24,701 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Nissan Hanley
  • Staffordshire, ST16AL
Price:£8,950
HP: £243.40/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £243.40, Customer Deposit: £1,342.00, Total Deposit: £1,342.50, Total Charge For Credit: £1,164.90, Total Amount Payable: £10,114.90, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.06%

Is the Vauxhall Mokka X right for you?

The Mokka X is the car for you if you’re looking for a great deal on a used family SUV. 


Sure, it’s conservatively styled inside and out and misses out on the latest technology, but it’s these factors that mean you can get a nearly-new example at a knockdown price.


And the Mokka X is a decent car with enough space for a small family and decent infotainment system that can use the apps on your smartphone for functions such as sat-nav and music playback. It’s not great to drive, but it doesn’t cost a fortune to run and isn’t slow.


The only problem comes when you compare the Mokka X to its newest rivals which have smarter looks, more spacious interiors, are better to drive and cheaper to run – compared like-for-like, it’s hard to recommend the Vauxhall.

What's the best Vauxhall Mokka X model/engine to choose?

The Mokka X is best in basic Active trim in combination with Vauxhall’s 1.4 140PS petrol engine. 


Sure, Vauxhall’s petrol might not be as economical as the comparable engine in rivals – such as the 150PS 1.5-litre in the SEAT Arona – but it’s much smoother than the diesel model and offers up plucky performance. 


Active trim, meanwhile, gets all the equipment you really need, most notably a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 


Fancy something a bit flashier? Well, Elite Nav models are few and far between but add a leather interior and larger alloy wheels, as well as getting an upgraded infotainment system with built-in sat-nav.


What other cars are similar to the Vauxhall Mokka X?

The Vauxhall Mokka X competes in a packed class so you have plenty of alternatives to choose from. Fancy something stylish? Then you’ll love the Peugeot 2008, its glamorous looks wouldn’t be out of place on the concept stand at a motor show and the interior is just as eye-catching with a modern design and pair of large infotainment screens.


The SEAT Arona, meanwhile, serves as the Peugeot’s antithesis. Its styling is neat and tidy rather than eye-catching, but you’ll love its intuitive design, spacious interior and sporty handling. 


These are just a couple of highlights from a class that includes excellent cars such as the Ford Puma, Skoda Kamiq, Volkswagen T-Cross, Nissan Juke… and the list goes on.  


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Vauxhall Mokka X Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Mokka X Front Side

Driving

Vauxhall Mokka X Rear Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Mokka X Bootspace

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Vauxhall Mokka being discontinued?

Vauxhall has ended production of this generation of Mokka. A new, radically different car, was launched in 2020.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

What Insurance Group is a Vauxhall Mokka?

Design Nav models fitted with the 1.4-litre petrol engine are the cheapest of the lot sitting in insurance Group 13E. Have the same engine in combination with four-wheel drive and insurance rises to Group 15E, while the most expensive model to insure is a diesel in top-spec Griffin trim – it sits in Group 16E. 

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

How much is a Vaxhall Mokka?

The Vauxhall Mokka was launched in 2012 and was on sale until 2020. As a result, buyers have a lot of choice on the used marker with prices starting from just a few thousand pounds.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady