The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Sporty Little SUV

Starting price: £32,080

Pros

Sporty looking

Cons

Lack of boot space/no sliding rear bench

Lack of space/legroom in the back seats

Intro

The new Vauxhall Mokka is a much sportier and eye-catching model unlike the earlier design.

The Mokka rivals other small SUVs such as the Nissan Juke, Ford Puma and VW T-Roc.

The colour combinations are pretty striking.  Great when trying to find where you parked your car, but not if you are keeping a low profile!  That said quartz grey, diamond black and white jade are on the list of choices.  The electric range is really good and gives you approximately  200 miles from full charge and on a fast charge, say at a BP Pulse 150w, you can charge from 0-80% in under 30 minutes (a quick coffee stop!).

At first, I felt like a little old lady with my nose peering over the steering wheel.  After playing around with the pump leaver I was able to grow in height and have a better view.  However, that said we still didn’t feel it was brilliant and, with the slightly wider pillars, visibility was restricted. Even with a small SUV we did not have that feeling of a good panoramic view. 

The electric model was great to drive and nipped around town with ease, albeit not as smoothly as the T-Roc.  However, on the larger roads the vehicle does lack a little bit of ‘umph’ to get going or overtake!  We felt like the car was perhaps marketed towards having fun rather than the practicality of life.  Parking was simple although standard models only have rear sensors and camera. Front sensors require an upgrade.  The Mokka is slightly shorter and less wide than many of its competitors such as the Nissan Juke.  It’s worth noting that parking sensors are additional extras on the petrol and diesel models.  The indicator arms were not quite in the right place if we are being picky.  For smaller hands you actually had to consciously move your hand / finger to turn it on.

Interior

The interior was not quite as sharp as the exterior and some of the shiny trims were a bit like marmite in terms of loving or hating.  The driver’s digital display and touchscreen are all well designed, not over complicated and positioned nicely for the driver.  The standard infotainment screen is a little small at 7 inches, but of course there is always an option to upgrade to the larger 10 inch. 

We also liked the rotary dials for the climate control which are always less fiddly, especially with my fat fingers, when trying to drive safely and amend the car temperature via a touchscreen.  On the higher priced models there is wireless phone charging which is really handy and entry level vehicles all have Apple car play / Android Auto.

Seats & Passenger Space

The front seats were perfectly comfortable and standard trim comes in a black fabric.  Upgrade for a leather trim and even lumbar support.

For us, the rear space is where the Mokka possibly lets itself down. We felt that it was slightly cramped. The roof slants downwards so not ideal for any tall teenagers or friends. With poor leg room in the back, the car leans more towards a couple or family with a child at baby / toddler stage. The Mokka accommodates for this, with 2 isofix points on the outer seats if required.

Cups & Cubby

The cupholders, in the central console, were in that slightly awkward position – a bit too low and a bit too far back. For cabin storage the glovebox was neat and just enough for a couple of small items.  Whereas the door bin sides were a little high in terms of items rattling around as opposed to being stored.

Under the front seat there is the useful ‘secret’ drawer which prevents items from being on show especially if you jumping out to collect someone or just off for a walk with the dog.

For the rear passengers there are door bins on both sides and a slender pocket on the rear of the front seats to store an ipad or similar.

Boot Space

The Mokka boot capacity is 350 litres and for the electric, this shrinks to 310 litres.  A buggy will fit, but a pram (depending on brand) would be tricky.  The boot is quite compact and even the dog will be a bit miffed.  However, for everyday shopping, it is perfectly sized.

Summary

A striking exterior with a good electric range.  However, consideration must be given to the rear space and your family needs when looking at this model. 

Mileage and charging times should certainly be considerations for people who frequently undertake longer journeys and are looking at a fully electric vehicle. If you are swapping from traditional fuel to electric, there does need to be a change in mindset. Forget the practicalities of your local filling station and treat your car more like your mobile phone, ensuring you always have enough charge!

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

310 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4151 mm (L) x 1791 mm (W) x 1531 (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

201

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 8.7 secs