Vauxhall Mokka X (2013-present)

The Vauxhall Mokka X is a practical, safe and well equipped family crossover, but it’s not great to drive

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Lots of standard equipment
Practical and spacious
A safe and reliable choice

Weaknesses 

Bumpy over rough roads
Some poor-quality materials inside
Vauxhall customer service comes in for criticism
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Vauxhall Mokka X Diesel Hatchback 1.6cdti [136] ultimate 5dr 4wd

Total RRP £30,865

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If you're looking for a small car with a high driving position, then you can opt for a small crossover - like a Renault Captur - which crosses the small dimensions of a supermini with the height of an off-road sport utility vehicle (SUV).

For more space, there are larger crossovers, such as the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan, with more legroom in the back and larger boots.

And then there's the Vauxhall Mokka X. This sits in between both groups, providing more space in the back than a small crossover, but less boot capcity than a family crossover. In theory, this makes the Mokka X easier to drive on narrow or crowded roads, while carrying a family of four (five at a push) in comfort.

Recently relaunched with an X at the end of its name and updated styling, the Mokka X is essentially the same car as the Vauxhall Mokka, which has been sold since 2013.

The car's mechanical parts are tightly packed, which has given the Vauxhall almost as much space inside as a Qashqai, Tiguan, Renault Captur or Ford Kuga, despite being 10-20cm shorter than them.

The Mokka X also scores well with the equipment it offers as standard. The cheapest Design Nav cars come with a touchscreen and sat-nav, as well as dual-zone climate control and automatic headlights that switch on when it gets dark.

However, the price that Vauxhall charges for the Mokka X would buy a larger Renault Kadjar or Seat Ateca, which is one reason why there are usually generous Vauxhall Mokka X deals available.

The car also struggles when compared to its rivals too. There are also generous Peugeot 3008 discounts, and that car is larger, just as well equipped and considerably more comfortable than the Vauxhall.

The Mokka X's performance on poorly surfaced roads is one of the major criticisms of the car: it struggles to soak up the impacts, which results in a bumpy and bouncy ride. The gearbox feels clunky to use too. Instead of being smooth and intuitive, you need to make a real effort to move the lever into the correct gear. The similarly-sized Skoda Yeti is more stable and has a better gearbox.

A range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as four trim levels with different levels of standard equipment ensure a good spread of prices and equipment to suit most needs and budgets. If you're wary of diesel, then the 1.4-litre petrol car offers reasonable power but fuel will be expensive unless you cover a low mileage of less than 8,000 miles a year. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is much more economical and surprisingly quiet - so much though that Vauxhall has taken to calling it a 'whisper diesel'.

With chunky looks and a high driving position, the Mokka X could be mistaken for a small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) that is designed to go off road. But even if you select the option of four-wheel drive, the small gap between the ground and the bottom of the car, means that the Mokka X is unlikely to manage much more than relatively level grass and dirt tracks without being damaged. Four-wheel drive also worsens fuel economy.

The Mokka comes with Vauxhall's OnStar service, which includes a mobile phone sim card. This means that the car can automatically alert emergency services in the event of a crash. It can also be tracked if stolen. Vauxhall offers what it calls a con cierge service too: by pressing a button in the car, you'll be connected to a call centre, where an operator can set your car's destination and program the sat-nav remotely. You'll need to pay a subscription fee after the car is a year old.

Other safety equipment is less impressive. The Mokka X isn't available with automtic emergency braking, which has been proven to reduce crashes. It did score a full five stars out of five in 2013 as the plain Mokka, when independently tested by Euro NCAP in 2013.

 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 13:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
356 litres
Width: 
1,781mm
Length: 
4,275mm
Height: 
1,658mm
Tax: 
£140 to £500 in first year, then £140 thereafter (Pre-April 2017: £20-£180)

Best Vauxhall Mokka X for... 

Vauxhall Mokka Design Nav 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX
Vauxhall uses the ‘ecoFLEX’ badge to designate its most economical models. That version of the Mokka is powered by the 1.6-litre diesel engine, available in two power outputs. Fuel consumption is similar for both versions.
Vauxhall Mokka Design Nav 1.4i Turbo
Families who live in urban areas and use the Mokka as a runabout, with occasional longer trips, would be better off sticking to this more efficient of the two petrol versions, which also includes lots of equipment in Design Nav specification.
Vauxhall Mokka Elite Nav 1.4i Turbo
There isn’t really a ‘performance’ version of the Mokka, but the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is nippy enough. Elite Nav has all the creature comforts a buyer would want.
Vauxhall Mokka Elite Nav 1.6i
The basic 1.6i petrol engine is disappointing, lacking the eagerness of the turbocharged petrols and diesels. You’ll have to rev it hard to make progress, which will inevitably result in poorer-than-claimed fuel economy.

Vauxhall Mokka X History 

  • March 2013 102 December 2012 Mokkas recalled for steering-wheel problem
  • May 2013 1.4-litre turbocharged engine added to line-up
  • October 2016 Updated Mokka relaunched as Mokka X, with new trim levels, but same engine range.

Understanding Vauxhall Mokka X car names 

  • Mokka X
  • Engine
    1.6 CDTi (110)
  • Efficiency
    ecoFLEX
  • Trim level
    Active
  • Engine
    The size of Mokka engines is given in litres. In general, larger engines are more powerful, but that's not always the case, so the horsepower of the engine is also provided (here it's 110). This figure may also be referred to as PS. Diesel engines are badged CDTi, while petrol engines just have a single i. Most Mokka engines are also turbocharged to boost power without a big increase in fuel use.
  • Efficiency
    The designation Vauxhall uses for its most efficient, eco-friendly models.
  • Trim level
    The trim level indicates the amount of standard equipment fitted. The least-well equipped is Active, followed by Design Nav, Elite and then Elite Nav.

Vauxhall Mokka X Engines 

Petrol: 1.4i Turbo, 1.6i
Diesel: 1.6 CDTi

The Mokka engine range is pretty straightforward. The cheapest option is a 115 horsepower (hp) 1.6-litre petrol engine. It’s the cheapest option but it feels pretty lifeless and takes a lazy 12.5 seconds to accelerate the car from 0-62mph. Fuel economy isn’t brilliant either, at an official 41.5mpg.

Efficiency isn’t a watchword of the more sophisticated 1.4-litre petrol engine, either. It is turbocharged, which is meant to boost power without dramatically increasing fuel economy, but only manages between 42.2 and 45.6mpg, based on official figures, depending on what gearbox you go for and whether you specify front or four-wheel drive. In real-world driving, that drops below 40mpg.

Despite being smaller than the 1.6-litre engine, it’s a much livelier performer, getting from 0-62mph just over two seconds quicker (9.9 seconds) and feeling more comfortable at motorway speeds. A new, more powerful 152hp version has also been introduced (only available with an automatic gearbox), which improves acceleration.

The 1.6-litre diesel is the one to go for if you’re keeping an eye on running costs. Again, four-wheel drive hurts fuel economy, but if you go for the special ecoFLEX model with two-wheel drive, you’ll be getting a car with an official fuel economy figure of 68.9mpg, but which also accelerates quickly for safe overtaking and greater towing ability. It returns the same claimed fuel economy regardless of whether you go for the 110hp engine or (admittedly more expensive) 136hp version.


Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.4i Turbo

Petrol

42.2-45.6mpg

140hp

9.9-10.7s

118mph

1.4i Turbo

Petrol

43.5mpg

152hp

9.4s

120mph

1.6i

Petrol

41.5mpg

115hp

12.5s

106mph

1.6 CDTi

Diesel

65.7-68.9mpg

110hp

12.5s

111mph

1.6 CDTi

Diesel

60.1-68.9mpg

136hp

9.9-10.9s

119mph

Vauxhall Mokka X Trims 

Design Nav, Active, Elite, Elite Nav

Some other Vauxhalls have an almost bewildering number of versions, but the Mokka has just four for buyers to choose from: Design Nav, Active, Elite and Elite Nav.

You can add various option packs to these, to increase the equipment on the car.

The least-well equipped trim level is Active, but it doesn't feel too spartan, as it comes with dual-zone climate control, windscreen wipers and headlights that come on when needed. The latter can automatically switch between high and low beam to avoid dazzling traffic. There are front and rear parking sensors, electric folding mirrors and alloy wheels: 17in on ecoFlex models and 18in on non-ecoFlex cars.

A 7in touchscreen called IntelliLink is also standard, which has plenty of options to connect your phone, including Bluetooth for a wireless link, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which convert the system to run in a similar way to your smartphone. There's a digital radio too.

All Mokka X cars have OnStar, which uses a mobile phone Sim card to alert the emergency services if the Mokka X is involved in an accident. It can create a mobile WiFi hotspot and connect to a call centre where an operator can help with directions and remotely program your sat-nav. You'll need to pay a subscription fee to use this on cars that are over a year old.

Oddly, Design Nav has more equipment than Active but has a list price that's around £2,000 cheaper. That's because Vauxhall's finance offers are usually less generous on this model, making monthly payments more expensive than an Active car if you are taking out finance. These models have a larger 8in touchscreen which comes with sat-nav.

For a hefty £5,000 more (but more generous finance rates) Elite cars add leather seat facings, heated front seats and steering wheel, 18in alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and a centre rear armrest with cupholders, but comes with the smaller touchscreen and no sat-nav. Elite Nav trim adds these latter gadgets back in for an additional £700.

All trim levels are available with four-wheel drive, and option packs include a rear camera, sunroof and brighter LED headlights, which can operate with partial main beam, which avoids dazzling other vehicles but still maintains maximum brightness on empty parts of the road.

Vauxhall Mokka X Reliability and warranty 

The original Mokka came 75th out of 150 cars in the Auto Express 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. It was marked down for its driving experience and practicality (the 356-litre boot is smaller than a Volkswagen Golf’s) but a 36th-place finish for reliability indicates the Mokka X is likely to provide a hassle-free ownership experience.

Vauxhall’s dealers were ranked a middling-to-poor 22nd out of 32 brands in the same survey. It’s an improvement on past years, but it still means that the customer service experience, if something does go wrong with your Mokka, is unlikely to be sparkling.

In terms of warranty, Vauxhall offers three years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first), which is pretty standard for most of the car industry, but a long way behind Kia’s seven years and Hyundai’s five.

Used Vauxhall Mokka X 

Most of the used examples on the market at the moment are Vauxhall Mokkas, rather than the revised Mokka X. You can expect the earlier cars to sell at a discount to the Mokka X because they look noticeably different, with a more dated design.

The engines are the same whether you choose the current or earlier car but the four different trim levels have different names. Exclusiv has a simialr equipment level to the current Active level, Tech Line almost mirrors Design Nav, while SE is similar to Elite.

Limited Edition was the only version to come with OnStar.

The Vauxhall Mokka wasn’t a class leader when new, so it’s not going to be the best second-hand buy, either. For example, one of the main issues is that the Mokka isn’t great to drive, the clunky gearbox and suspension causing it to bounce around a lot on poor roads.

On the upside, it has bold, chunky off-roader-like styling, but its on-road footprint is still pretty compact. The cabin is also bigger than most of its competitors, so it should definitely be of interest to value-conscious family buyers.

The Mokka did lose a fair chunk of its value in the first year of its life, so low-mileage, year-old examples can help you make the most of your budget. And the former entry-level Exclusiv model was well equipped, so there’s no need to splash out on harder-to-find high-spec models.

So a 12-month-old 1.6-litre diesel Mokka – available at the time of writing for around the £13,000 mark – offers plenty of value. This and the 1.4-litre turbo petrol were the most popular engines from new, so there should be plenty available on the used market. As they’re generally used as family cars, many Mokkas will have only done fairly low mileages, so there should be plenty of life left in them.

But in the final analysis, the Mokka doesn’t hold its value as well as the competition, which is good news for used buyers but means those who bought one from new will have to accept a nasty financial hit at trade-in time.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Vauxhall Mokka deals or search for all new and used Vauxhall Mokka offers.

Vauxhall Mokka X Prices

Vauxhall Mokka X Active

1.4t active 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,801

You could save up to: £5444

1.4t ecotec active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,703

You could save up to: £5327

1.6cdti [136] active 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,937

You could save up to: £5653

1.6cdti ecotec d [136] active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,133

You could save up to: £5542

Vauxhall Mokka X Design Line

1.4t ecotec design line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,794

You could save up to: £5486

1.6cdti ecotec d [136] design line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,264

You could save up to: £5701

Vauxhall Mokka X Design Nav

1.4t design nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,106

You could save up to: £1139

1.4t ecotec design nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,959

You could save up to: £1071

1.6cdti [136] design nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,337

You could save up to: £1263

1.6cdti ecotec d [136] design nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,478

You could save up to: £1197

Vauxhall Mokka X Elite

1.4t ecotec elite 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,884

You could save up to: £5646

1.4t elite 5dr 4wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,654

You could save up to: £5861

1.4t elite 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,983

You could save up to: £5762

1.6cdti [136] elite 5dr 4wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,838

You could save up to: £6077

1.6cdti [136] elite 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,118

You could save up to: £5972

1.6cdti ecotec d [136] elite 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,314

You could save up to: £5861

Vauxhall Mokka X Elite Nav

1.4t ecotec elite nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,495

You could save up to: £5735

1.4t elite nav 5dr 4wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,265

You could save up to: £5950

1.4t elite nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,593

You could save up to: £5852

1.6cdti [136] elite nav 5dr 4wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,448

You could save up to: £6167

1.6cdti [136] elite nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,729

You could save up to: £6061

1.6cdti ecotec d [136] elite nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,925

You could save up to: £5950

Vauxhall Mokka X Ultimate

1.4t ecotec ultimate 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,458

You could save up to: £6022

1.4t ultimate 5dr 4wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,228

You could save up to: £6237

1.4t ultimate 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,556

You could save up to: £6139

1.6cdti [136] ultimate 5dr 4wd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,411

You could save up to: £6454

1.6cdti [136] ultimate 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,692

You could save up to: £6348

1.6cdti ecotec d [136] ultimate 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,928

You could save up to: £6237