Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The engine line-up for the Vauxhall Mokka is rather simple – buyers have the choice between a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with two power outputs (badged 1.2 100 Turbo and 1.2 130 Turbo) and a single 1.5-litre diesel (badged 1.5 110 Turbo D).
We have yet to try the entry-level 99bhp 1.2-litre petrol, but the 129bhp feels perfectly suited to the Mokka. There’s plenty of grunt at low revs and it can whisk you up to motorway speeds with little stress. As standard both petrols come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but the 130 Turbo comes with the option of an eight-speed automatic.
It stops short of being uncomfortable and it certainly doesn’t thump or crash over divots like the Peugeot 2008 can do. But if you value a silky-smooth ride, the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc are both plusher companions for inner-city driving.
We have so far sampled the Vauxhall Mokka in its sporty SRi trim and top-spec Ultimate Nav guises, both of which come with relatively large 18in wheels. The 17in wheels of Elite Nav trim bring a marginally softer edge over potholes and pimples, so we'd expect the 16in ones on SE to improve things further.
If you’re looking for a small SUV that'll plaster a smile across your face when the road gets tight and twisty, the Vauxhall Mokka is not the car for you. Compared with a Ford Puma or even an Audi Q2, it's more prone to body lean, even at moderate speeds, and it feels a little top-heavy when it's making quick changes of direction.