Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
In base trim, the Vauxhall Mokka undercuts most of its rivals, but once you take the step up to a more premium trim it actually starts to look a little expensive. In Ultimate Nav, for example, it is more expensive than a range-topping Peugeot 2008 GT. However, as we’ll explain later in the equipment section, the Mokka’s intermediate trims, such as SRi and Elite Nav, are very generously equipped, and that helps to offset their higher list price.
Disappointingly, the Mokka is predicted to have a lower resale value than rivals such as the Audi Q2, Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Kamiq, so don’t expect the most competitive monthly payments if you go down the PCP finance route. That said, there are often good Vauxhall deals – for example, at the time of writing, if you order your car online you could be eligible for one year of free insurance.
Entry-level SE trim has most of the everyday basics covered, including cruise control, 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning and LED headlights, and we've already talked about the infotainment and visibility aids you get. We reckon it's worth paying the hike in price to step up to Elite Nav, though, because it'll get you heated front seats, a heated steering wheel if you stick to a manual version, electronic climate control, automatic windscreen wipers, LED front fog lamps, a rear-view camera, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control and a superior AEB system.
If you want a sportier look, the SRi – with its larger 18in wheels and racy colour scheme – is priced closely to the Elite Nav and is similarly well-equipped. We reckon most of the other trims start pushing the Vauxhall Mokka into the price bracket of more appealing small SUVs such as the Audi Q2, so we'd avoid them.