Design Nav editions are the best value, featuring lots of kit but – oddly enough – commanding a lower list price than basic Active models. The other trim levels, Elite and Elite Nav, are more expensive compared with like-for-like rivals, so are harder to recommend.
The reason Design Nav is cheaper than the entry-level Active trim is because it is aimed at company car buyers who make bulk orders. Its lower list price is just as enticing for private buyers, though, especially as decent individual dealer discounts are available.
While those discounts may seem appealing, they have to be weighed against the fact that the Mokka X won’t hold on to its value particularly well. So although more recommendable rivals may appear pricier, they could end up costing less down the line once you’ve factored in the trade-in price.
Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and leasing rates don’t match those of the class leaders, either, so running a Mokka X through work doesn’t always make as much financial sense as its more efficient rivals, especially if your company doesn’t cover your fuel costs. Insurance costs are comparatively low, though.
Entry-level Active models are well equipped, coming with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a digital radio, automatic lights and wipers, and electrically folding door mirrors. Vauxhall’s emergency call and concierge system OnStar is standard on all Mokka X models.
The sweet spot in the range going on list price is Design Nav, which adds sat-nav yet costs less than Active versions.
Upping to Elite brings a leather interior and heated seats. Design Nav adds sat-nav to Active trim, while Elite Nav does the same for Elite but they’re pretty pricey compared with rivals, so don’t make much financial sense.
Vauxhall offers a wide range of accessories for the Mokka, including a bike carrier and a hard liner for the boot, which may prove useful for many. Most of the upgrades are sensibly priced, too.
Vauxhall Mokka X reliability
Vauxhall as a brand was rated highly in the latest JD Power Vehicle Dependability survey.
Vauxhall’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty is on a par with that offered by many rivals, if short of the five-year cover offered by Hyundai and Toyota, and the seven-year warranty you get with a Kia. You can pay extra for an extended warranty, which will cover your Mokka X for up to 100,000 miles.
Breakdown cover is included, but it lasts for only one year. It’s called Vauxhall Assistance and is provided by the AA, and includes roadside and home breakdown assistance, home recovery and onward travel if your car cannot be fixed promptly.
Vauxhall Mokka X safety & security
Like most rivals, every Mokka X gets stability control to help you avoid sliding off the road, but the other important active safety systems that are available on the competition aren’t on the Mokka X. That includes a feature that we’d always recommend going for; automatic emergency city braking. It helps stop you rear-ending a car in front if it slams on its brakes, and lacking this isn’t great for such a family-orientated car. There are front, side and curtain airbags to help keep you from harm, though.
The car received the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2012, with a particularly strong score of 96% for adult occupant protection. Child occupant protection was also impressive, at 90%, while the 67% pedestrian protection score was pretty good, too.
All the security measures you’d expect are present and correct, including an alarm and engine immobiliser. However, security experts Thatcham awarded the Mokka only three out of five for its resistance to being broken into. Its resistance to being stolen was better, at four out of five, although many rivals get higher marks.
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Generously specced with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a digital radio, automatic lights and wipers, and electrically folding door mirrors.
Our pick Design Nav
This adds sat-nav to an upgraded infotainment system that includes a larger 8.0in touchscreen. It has a lower list price than Active trim to appeal to company car buyers, but it makes just as much sense if you’re a private buyer, too.
A leather interior comes with this trim, as well as heated sports seats in the front, but it’s quite a bit more expensive than the already well-specced cheaper trims.