Vauxhall Mokka 1.5 Turbo D SE 5dr

  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • 5 door hatchback
  • 114 g/km CO2

Ten Second Review

Vauxhall needs more of a competitive presence in the industry's fastest growing segment, that for small trendy SUVs. And, courtesy of PSA engineering, this second generation Mokka model provides it. There's nothing that changes the class norm here, but we can't remember a more visually appealing Vauxhall in recent memory - and that has to be a good thing.

Background

Welcome to the fresh new face of Vauxhall, showcased here by the trendy so-called 'Vauxhall Visor' look of this second generation Mokka SUV. You might remember the Mokka, one of the earlier small crossovers, first introduced in 2012, then updated and relaunched as the Mokka X in 2016, which then petered out in 2019 as its place in the range became squeezed between the (smaller) Crossland X and the (larger) Grandland X. Like those two cars - but unlike the original Mokka - this MK2 design is based on the engineering of Vauxhall's French PSA parent group. That means it's basically the same underneath as a MK2 Peugeot 2008 or a DS 3 Crossback. Which in turn means that there's also a full-electric version, the Mokka-e.

Driving Experience

No surprises beneath the bonnet. Not if, mindful of this car's PSA-sourced engineering, you're expecting a carry-over from the Peugeot 2008 anyway. If you're looking for a combustion engine, there are three choices - two petrol and a single diesel. The least powerful unit is a 1.2-litre turbo petrol powerplant with 100PS which is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The same Puretech-sourced three cylinder unit can also be had with 130PS, in which guise you can optionally specify an 8-speed auto gearbox. If you're one of the few customers in this segment that still want a diesel, there's a 1.5-litre black pump-fuelled unit with 110PS that uses a 6-speed manual gearbox. Like the Peugeot 208 and the DS 3 Crossback, this Mokka sits on the PSA Group's latest CMP platform - which, incidentally, can't support a plug-in hybrid powertrain, so there'll be no competitor here to Renault's Captur PHEV. You can though, have a full-electric variant, the Mokka-e, which, like the Corsa-e and the Peugeot e-208, uses a 50kWh battery pack and a front-mounted electric motor which puts out 135PS and 260Nm of torque. Vauxhall claims the Mokka-e will be able to cover a WLTP-rated range of 201 miles on a single charge.

Design and Build

This is what the Vauxhall of the future will look like - according at least to the brand's design boss Mark Adams. He is primarily referring to this MK2 Mokka's assertive front end treatment, previewed back in 2018 by the Opel GT X Experimental concept car which first showed us the so-called 'Vauxhall Visor' look made up of bold nose treatment featuring ultra-slim LED daytime running lights and more prominent badgework. The idea here is that this second generation design should feel more compact than its predecessor; it actually is 125mm shorter and has smaller front and rear overhangs. But the wheelbase is fractionally longer, so there's just as much space inside. Which you should feel when you take a seat in the cabin. Behind the wheel, this Gallic-influenced design is of course nothing like the previous Korean-sourced car. There are no conventional gauges: just a 12-inch digital instrument display, which works in conjunction with a central infotainment monitor that's either 7 or 10-inches in size depending on trim and is angled towards the driver. The layout uses what is called 'Pure Panel' design to make the two screens look like one long display. Predictably, materials quality is of a much higher grade than the old model. But space in the back isn't much different - though it's much better of course, than you get in a Corsa. The 350-litre boot is much the same size as that of the previous model too.

Market and Model

There are six main trim levels - 'SE', 'SRi', 'SRi Nav Premium', 'Elite Nav', 'Elite Nav Premium' and 'Ultimate Nav'. Pricing is similar to a Peugeot 2008, which means that it will sit in the £20,000-£30,000 bracket for the combustion models. Which is a little bit of a step up from the previous Mokka X. Think £33,000-£35,000 for the Mokka-e. Still, you'll get a broad selection of technology for that, including on upper-spec models features like adaptive LED matrix headlamps and a 180-degree rear view camera. Vauxhall also promises plenty of camera safety systems as well - things like autonomous braking, traffic sign recognition, Active Lane Assist and adaptive cruise control. Luxury interior features that you can specify include leather upholstery, alcantara trim and heated driver's seat that can include a massage function. On lower-spec models, you'll get a 7-inch centre dash screen, but you can upgrade that to the 10-inch monitor that's fitted as standard at the top of the range. Talking of the top of the range, that's where you'll find the sporty 'SRi' model, which features 18-inch alloy wheels, a 2-tone paint scheme, a gloss black radiator grille and black and red exterior trim. The cabin features unique seat trimming and red flashes on the instrument binnacle.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP-rated fuel and CO2 stats - which unsurprisingly, are pretty much identical to those you'd get from Peugeot 2008 or a DS 3 Crossback. The entry-level 100PS petrol unit offers a combined cycle reading of up to 51.4mpg and an emissions figure of up to 124g/km of CO2 - which puts the Mokka in the 7th cheapest road tax bracket. If you'd rather have the perkier 130PS petrol unit, the reading is between 50.4-51.4mpg, with CO2 up to 126g/km, The single diesel variant can return up to 64.2mpg and emits 114g/km of CO2. As for the pure electric Mokka-e, we mentioned earlier that it will cover a 201 mile WLTP-rated range. The powertrain can support most domestic charging standards, as well as most commercially offered DC rapid charging systems. It has support for up to 3-phase 11kW charging in AC mode for home use: and 100kW DC capability is standard, allowing the car to be replenished at a public charging point to over 50% capacity in under half an hour. What else? Well, Vauxhall being a mainstream brand, residual values aren't as strong as, for example, you'd get from a rival Honda HR-V, but the Mokka claws the advantage back with modest cost of options and very affordable servicing you can budget for with a range of pre-paid servicing plans. There's an unremarkable, but potentially extendable, three year 60,000 mile warranty.

Summary

This second generation Mokka represents a new kind of assertive identity for Vauxhall as it seeks to carve out a more distinctive volume brand niche within the PSA Group portfolio of brands. It certainly makes more of a driveway statement than its predecessor - as you'd hope it would given that it sells at a slightly higher price point. And the engineering is at a different level to anything previously seen in a Vauxhall SUV. It would probably be too much to hope here that this second generation Mokka would bring anything completely new to it segment - it doesn't. But customers of small crossovers aren't really looking for engineering ingenuity. Usually, they want to make a pavement statement - and this car does that with a lot more brio than quite a few of its class rivals. Will that be enough here? It'll be interesting to see.

  • Front USB connection
  • Flexible Roof Mounted Radio Aerial
  • Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming
  • Multimedia infotainment systems with smartphone integration - 7" touchscreen and instrument panel, 6 speaker, DAB radio, Apple carplay/Android auto
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Mobile phone portal - bluetooth connect, vehicle microphone, handsfree calls, SMS read out and reply, phone book access
  • Driver and front passenger airbags, front seat side impact airbags, full size curtain airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • 2x Isofix child seat fitting on outer rear seats
  • Child proof locks on rear doors
  • Seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Interior tailgate handle
  • Four load restraint lashing eyes
  • 12V Accessory socket
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheel with satin chrome bezel
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Door pockets with two litre capacity
  • Centre console with two cup holders at front and one in rear
  • Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Start/stop system
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Remote control central locking
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • Freewheeling door locks
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Key left in ignition audible warning
  • Body colour skid plates
  • Body colour roof
  • Black rear spoiler
  • Chrome effect upper window moulding
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/65 R16
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/65 R16
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Special Edition: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Coin Description: Turbo D
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 14E
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Badge Power: 110
  • Coin Series: SE
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.8
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Code: DV5RCE
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • CC: 1499
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 110
  • Engine Power - KW: 81
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): 10.8
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 62.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 65.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 4.5
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 640
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1105
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1750
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 41
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 114
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • Width: 1791
  • Wheelbase: 2561
  • Height: 1531
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4151