Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Design Nav editions are the best value, featuring lots of kit but – oddly enough – commanding a lower list price than entry-level Active models. The other trim levels, Elite and Ultimate, are more expensive compared with like-for-like rivals, so are harder to recommend.
The reason Design Nav is cheaper than Active 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 since 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 onto its value particularly well. So, although some rivals may appear pricier, they could end up costing less down the road 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 fuel costs. Insurance costs are comparatively low, though.
Equipment, options and extras
Even entry-level Active models are well equipped for the class. A 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring (so you can use your phone’s sat-nav through the screen) is standard, along with dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a DAB radio, automatic lights and wipers, and electrically folding door mirrors. Vauxhall’s OnStar emergency call and concierge system is also standard.
The sweet spot in the range based on list price is Design Nav, which adds a bigger 8.0in touchscreen with sat-nav but costs less than Active versions.
Upping to Elite brings added goodies including a leather interior, heated front seats with lumbar adjustment, a heated steering wheel and privacy glass, while Ultimate cars add larger 19in alloy wheels and a sportier exterior look. Both trims are too expensive to recommend, though.
Vauxhall offers a wide range of accessories for the Mokka X, including a bike carrier and a hard liner for the boot – these may prove useful for many. Most of the upgrades are sensibly priced, too.
Vauxhall as a brand was rated average in our latest reliability survey, placing 18th out of 32 manufacturers. The Mokka X itself also managed a mid-table showing in the small SUV class for cars of all ages.
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 provided by Hyundai and Toyota, let alone 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. The service, called Vauxhall Assistance, is provided by the AA and includes roadside and home breakdown assistance, home recovery and onward travel if your car cannot be fixed promptly.
Safety and 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 braking. It helps to stop you from rear-ending the car in front if it slams on its brakes, and the lack of this feature isn’t great for such a family-oriented car. There are front, side and curtain airbags to help keep you from harm, though.
The Mokka X 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%.
All the security measures you’d expect are present and correct, including an alarm and engine immobiliser. However, security experts Thatcham Research awarded the Mokka X 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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