What used Vauxhall Mokka hatchback will I get for my budget?
Mokka prices start from the £5000 mark, but only if you’re prepared to take on a repaired insurance write-off or a very high mileage car. You need to add another £1500 to find the kind of clean examples that hold more appeal, although even then you’re mostly restricted to one of Vauxhall’s older and noisier 1.7 diesel or 1.6 petrol engines, with the former being in more plentiful supply but also typically having higher mileages.
Better, then, to increase the budget to £8000 to find a car with Vauxhall’s smoother and more powerful 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine, which also comes with four-wheel drive as standard on earlier cars.
The 1.6 diesel was introduced in 2015 and you can expect to pay around £8000 for one of these cars in good condition with an average mileage for the year and bought from an independent dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Mokka hatchback?
For the cheapest annual road tax bill, you’ll need the 1.6 CDTi diesel engine, meaning you’ll pay £20 per year. Certain versions of the 1.7 CDTi sneak into the £30 per year banding, while others tip over into £115 per year, so it’s worth checking before you buy. Petrols range from £150 to £190 per year.
It’s no surprise that fuel economy also favours the diesels, which should return 50-55mpg in normal driving, with no major difference between the 1.6 and 1.7 CDTi. Go for a petrol and you can expect 34-38mpg from a car with a manual gearbox or 30-32mpg from the 1.4 automatic with four-wheel drive.
Servicing is required annually or every 20,000 miles and is reasonably priced. The 1.7 CDTi and 1.6 petrol engine also need a new cambelt every six years or 100,000 miles at a cost of £269, so be prepared to factor this in when looking at used examples.