Vauxhall Mokka review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
If you’re sure the Mokka meets your lifestyle needs, then you’ll appreciate a comfortable, well-equipped small SUV
If you check out Vauxhall’s marketing blurb on the Mokka you’ll see it’s firmly positioned as the good-looking, stylish alternative to its more straight-laced Crossland sibling, which offers more space and useful practical touches.
The Mokka still offers a pleasant, comfortable ride, though, with enough positive attributes to make it a decent buy. For example, the breadth of petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrains allows customers to make the best choice to suit their day-to-day needs, while standard kit even on base SE cars includes helpful features such as a reach- and rake-adjustable steering wheel, automatic wipers, cruise control and electric door mirrors.
A full 125mm shorter than its predecessor, the latest Mokka measures 4,151mm in length and 1,791mm across (not including mirrors). In comparison, the Ford Puma, which is already one of the smaller supermini-sized SUVs, is 4,207mm nose-to-tail and 1,805mm wide.
Leg room, head room and passenger space
Space up-front is more than adequate for two adults to travel in comfort, although we found the Mokka’s A-pillars were quite wide and could be an issue for some in attempting to gain the best view of the road - particularly at junctions.
Rear space is tight and adult passengers will not wish to spend much time tucked behind the fortunate front two. If you’re seeking practicality and want to remain a Vauxhall customer, then perhaps look towards the Crossland which comes with a very handy sliding rear bench to maximise legroom or boot space.
At 350 litres, the Mokka offers decent boot size, although this is comprehensively trumped by the capacity of the Renault Captur which has 422 litres of loadspace. And that’s even before the Renault plays its ace card with its own sliding rear bench to open up a vast 536 litres - although this does come at the expense of rear passenger room.
It’s worth remembering that the all-electric Mokka-e has a reduced load capacity of 310 litres, due to the packaging requirements of its battery and motor.
Maximum towing weight for the Mokka is rated at 1,200kg which is plenty good enough to be able to tow a trailer or small caravan.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Mokka reviewThe Vauxhall Mokka is sharply styled and offers strong real-world economy, but isn’t as fun to drive as some rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Mokka impresses around town, but doesn’t offer much in the way of driver involvement
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsWith petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrain options, the Mokka offers something for lifestyle customers and business users alike
- 4Interior, design and technologyVauxhall has upped the style for the latest Mokka, with strong design and plenty of on-board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingIf you’re sure the Mokka meets your lifestyle needs, then you’ll appreciate a comfortable, well-equipped small SUV
- 6Reliability and safetyReliability shouldn’t be an issue for the Mokka, while standard safety kit is excellent