Vauxhall Mokka X (2012-2019) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Considering its supermini-related underpinnings, the Mokka X has reasonable space for five adults
Up against family-sized rivals like the Qashqai, the Vauxhall manages to just about stand its ground in terms of interior space and practicality. Its exterior dimensions are smaller, but the Mokka X is larger than most of its supermini crossover rivals. There are plenty of cabin cubby holes and storage bins to hold the associated clobber of a family of four – both the Design Nav and Elite cars come with a front passenger’s under-seat storage tray – while the optional integrated bike carrier that pops out of the rear bumper is a nice touch.
There’s also a 230V three-pin power socket behind the front seats, which shows some thought from the designers for children, who can simply plug in a device and stay entertained on long journeys.
Considering it’s a crossover, the Mokka X is reasonably compact in terms of exterior dimensions. It is slightly under 4.3 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, while the kerbweight is acceptable, at around 1,500kg for 2WD models. That’s not bad for a car that is in excess of 1.6 metres tall.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Although the Mokka X is based on a platform shared with the Corsa hatchback, it does offer a lot more interior space than most supermini-based crossovers. The Vauxhall is almost comparable in size to a Qashqai, and there’s just about enough room to seat five adults, and there are no complaints about headroom. Legroom is a little tighter if taller people sit in the rear, but overall passenger space is far better than in the likes of the Juke.
Larger rivals like the Qashqai, however, are priced comparatively with the Mokka X and offer 416 and 410 litres respectively. At least you can expand the Mokka X’s boot to 1,372 litres by folding the rear seats down. The wide and low opening makes loading luggage simple, and flipping the seat bases over is easy, too, thanks to some handy nylon tabs.
The Vauxhall Mokka X has a maximum braked trailer towing capacity of 1,200kg, whether you choose the petrol or diesel engine, pick the manual or auto gearbox, or even choose between front or 4x4 models.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Mokka X (2012-2019) reviewHigh spec and eye-catching looks mean the Vauxhall Mokka X is only let down by a dull drive
- 2Engines, performance and driveInert handling lets the Mokka X down, but the excellent 1.4 Turbo petrol and comfortable ride are strong points
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe 1.6 CDTi Mokka X is reasonably cheap to tax and fuel, but the petrol engine isn't quite as impressive
- 4Interior, design and technologyStylish exterior looks and a well equipped, high-quality cabin ensure the Mokka X doesn't lack for all-round appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingConsidering its supermini-related underpinnings, the Mokka X has reasonable space for five adults
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Vauxhall Mokka X has a five-star Euro NCAP rating, but it needs to improve its performance in our customer satisfaction surveys