The Mokka might sound like something you order in your local coffee shop, but it’s actually Vauxhall’s answer to Nissan’s Juke and Qashqai models which have taken a large slice of this increasingly lucrative market.
At 4.278 metres in length the Vauxhall neatly fits in between the Juke and Qashqai which makes it urban friendly but still gives it the road presence that buyers in this sector want. The styling is suitably confident and is more dynamic and European friendly than the larger Vauxhall Antara, demonstrating how important good looks have become for small SUVs.
Inside the Mokka has a mature interior which is generally well executed. The one element that doesn’t work as well as it might is the central control unit. If you have been in a modern Vauxhall you will know that it favours a myriad of buttons to control everything, and the Mokka has the same system. We think it looks a bit messy and makes it hard to navigate around all of the systems.
One area that it is hard to argue against is the drivetrain. The 1.7 litre diesel engine produces a useful 221 lb.ft of torque between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm and kicks out 128 bhp at 4,000 rpm. This provides sensible performance but is also capable of good fuel economy thanks to the part time four-wheel drive system which sends power to the back wheels when needed.
The Mokka is well specified, fast enough for everyday use, distinctively styled and in this trim fuel-efficient too. Some of the options, such as a heated steering wheel, are genuinely useful whilst a plethora of safety systems may come in handy too. We think the Mokka could give Nissan stiff competition and will become a common sight on UK roads.