2019 Vauxhall Mokka X review – a better all-rounder than its SUV rivals? | What Car?

[Music] The Mokka has been on sale since 2012, and
morphed into the Mokka X in 2016, which was Vauxhall’s attempt to keep its smallest
SUV competitive, against some pretty talented new rivals. So, the little Vauxhall
got chunkier styling on the outside, and an improved infotainment system on
the inside, but is that enough for it to outshine the likes of the SEAT Ateca,
our favourite family sized SUV for under £20,000? Value for money is a strong point for the
Mokka, and if you’re thinking of buying one head to whatcar.com and go to our
New Car Deals section where we can help save you thousands on your next new car!
There’s plenty of options to choose from with the Mokka, you can get front-wheel
drive, all-wheel drive, petrol, diesel, manual, automatic; this one here that
we’re testing today is our preferred choice. A 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol
engine fitted with a manual gearbox. Let’s see what it’s like to drive. [Music] The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol delivers
a pretty big punch, it makes the Mokka feel comparably swifter than a Nissan
Qashqai or SEAT Ateca, and the power is delivered sufficiently across a wide
rev range, unlike the 1.6-litre which seems to have a
sudden surge at 2,000rpm which doesn’t last long.
The manual gearbox generally has a positive action, although watch out from
2nd to 3rd because it can feel a bit notchy. The brakes and clutch can feel
snatchy, which means that driving around town isn’t quite as smooth and easy as
you’ll find a SEAT Ateca is to drive. And, the Mokka isn’t as good to drive as
rivals elsewhere either, the steering is numb, it rolls too much in the corners,
and it just doesn’t grip the road very well. There’s more bad news when it comes
to ride quality which isn’t up there with the best of the competition, the
Mokka feels unsettled over low-speed undulations, while large potholes send a
jolt through the interior. The 1.4 petrol engine is
quieter than both the 1.6 diesel and petrol, so if you are going to buy a
Mokka, that’s the one to go for! Drivers of all shapes and sizes should be able to find a comfortable driving position
because there’s plenty of adjustment in the seat, and steering wheel – for reach and rake.
You do have to go for the more expensive trim levels of ‘Elite’ or ‘Ultimate’ if you
would like adjustable lumbar support on the driver’s seat. In terms of visibility,
it is excellent, because you sit quite high up, and the front pillars are thin. Out
the back though, the window is a little on the small side, and the rear pillars
are quite thick. However you do get parking sensors as standard, and if you
would like to spec a reversing camera, you can do so. There’s a touchscreen
infotainment system which is easy to navigate, and pretty responsive. The icons
are quite small, but, it does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Up front, the Mokka easily accommodates two adults, and
there’s plenty of storage compartments. There’s one here – which I can put the key in
because I’m not driving at the moment – and banana can go either in the door bin, or in the glovebox. Large bottle fits here in the cupholders, or in the door bin. There’s another storage compartment
here for my healthy snacks, sunglasses. [rummaging] And phone, in the glovebox! In the rear, it’s big enough to sit two
adults, or three children, but if you try and put three adults side-by-side it is
a bit of a squeeze. You’ll find that there’s more space in the SEAT Ateca,
or Nissan Qashqai. The rear seats fold flat – but you have to lift the seat base
up before folding them – and if you have the front seats a long way back they
won’t lie flat. So it’s not the most practical car for carrying larger items. Although the boot will swallow a couple
of large suitcases, or a pushchair, it’s shallower than rivals such as the
Renault Captur. However if you don’t spec a full-size
spare wheel you can take advantage of the storage underneath the boot floor,
this one however, does have a full-size spare wheel, so the boot is
quite small. As we’ve already mentioned, the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol is our
pick of the Mokka’s engine lineup, and we think the cheapest Design Nav has
enough kit to keep most people happy. It comes with climate control, automatic
lights and wipers, and an 8-inch infotainment system with sat-nav and a
DAB radio. Not everything we recommend is included though, it is not possible to
add automatic emergency braking to any Mokka and we think this is a vital
piece of safety kit, it’s also worth considering casting your net further if
driving enjoyment is a stronger priority. The larger SEAT Ateca and smaller
Arona are both far more rewarding from behind the steering wheel. For plenty
more on the Vauxhall Mokka, including our full online review, head over to whatcar.com,
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