2014 Vauxhall Mokka 1.4T 2WD review

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2014 Vauxhall Mokka 1.4T 2WD review

There was a time when choosing a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol Vauxhall Mokka restricted you to four-wheel drive. 

Not any more, because Vauxhall is now offering its Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti rival with this, our favourite engine, and front-wheel-drive.

The benefits of this are fuel economy that's up by 3mpg and CO2 emissions that are down by 10g/km. It's also £1700 cheaper to buy than the four-wheel drive-model.

What’s the 2014 Vauxhall Mokka 1.4T 2WD like to drive?

The Mokka can easily keep up with traffic into and out of town, and the engine delivers its power smoothly.

However, maximum torque doesn’t arrive until beyond 1800rpm, which means you need to change gear a lot to keep up with traffic.  

Unfortunately, the engine becomes boomy when you work it hard like this, and the amount of road noise and wind noise around the front windows are further nuisances.

The ride is another weak point. In town the Mokka tends to crash over potholes and jostle its occupants over broken roads, while expansion joints and undulations on the motorway can cause it to thump and shudder. Still at least there isn't much body roll or front-to-rear pitching.

Twisty B-roads aren’t much fun either; the steering is vague and inconsistently weighted, inspiring little confidence in what the front wheels are doing.

What’s the 2014 Vauxhall Mokka 1.4T 2WD like inside?

The Mokka is one of the more practical small SUVs. It has plenty of head- and legroom in the front and back, so much so that four six-footers will be able to travel in comfort, and even five won’t be too cramped on short trips.

The boot impresses, too; it's not quite as big as a Nissan Qashqai's or a Skoda Yeti's, but is well shaped, while the rear seats fold almost flat if you flip up the bases before dropping the backrests.

The boot floor is also level with the entrance, so there's no big load lip to negotiate when lifting in heavy items.

The Mokka's dashboard layout is very similar to the Astra hatchback's, which isn't so good because it means there are too many poorly marked buttons.

On the plus side, the cabin does have lots of cubbyholes.

Forward visibility is good thanks to the Mokka's high driving position. However, thick rear pillars and side windows that rise towards the rear of the car restrict over-the-shoulder vision.

Entry-level Exclusiv models are very well equipped, with cruise control, climate control, automatic lights and wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio and a USB socket as standard.

Mid-range Tech Line models get all this plus a sat-nav system, while range-topping SE models add electric folding door mirrors and leather seats

Should I buy one?

Vauxhall’s all-wheel-drive 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol Mokka has traditionally been our pick of the range, but the lower running costs and list price of the two-wheel-drive version make it our new best buy.

Choose Tech Line trim and you’ll benefit from a class-leading list of standard equipment for the money, too.

Unfortunately, the Mokka remains off the pace in too many other areas to recommend it ahead of rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti.

The Qashqai and Yeti are more refined, better to drive and more spacious, but the fact they have similar fuel economy and CO2 figures, and will hold on to their value far better, means they'll cost less to own over three years.

What Car? says…


Nissan Qashqai

Skoda Yeti

Vauxhall Mokka 1.4T 2WD

Engine size 1.4-litre turbo petrol

Price from £16,719

Power 138bhp

Torque 147lb ft

0-62mph 9.3 seconds

Top speed 120mph

Fuel economy 47.1mpg

CO2 139g/km