Used Vauxhall Mokka
Crossover cars are dominating the market at the moment and for good reason too. The standard little hatches and city cars of the past few years can get a bit dull, no matter how well intentioned they are. Small crossovers on the other hand can be fun and fashionable as well as practical and versatile and the Vauxhall Mokka represents how Vauxhall are beginning to add a bit of style to what has previously been a capable but perhaps dull model line up. These days Vauxhall design has moved to focus just as much on style as it has always done on substance.
The new model range is beginning to flesh out with cars that deliver the holy grail of 'lifestyle statement' alongside practicality and good fuel economy figures. This is a direct result of parent company GM's realisation that such cars deliver profits as well as market share and the change can be seen in interesting new cars like the ADAM supermini, Cascada convertible and what we have here, the Mokka small SUV Crossover. The Vauxhall Mokka is aimed squarely at the Nissan Juke, a car that has successfully defined this sector. Not everyone was a fan of the Juke's extreme styling though and some were put off by a lack of rear passenger space. Vauxhall then has taken up this challenge with the Mokka, a car that as much as any defines the brand's newfound confidence.
Bang for your buck
The Vauxhall Mokka has made its own space in the small SUV Crossover market. The car is nearly as big as a Nissan Qashqai but practicality aside, it is its boyish good looks which will sell the car. As such it manages to be different and fresh looking without falling into the trap of being as 'out there' as the Juke. Underneath, it is all standard supermini, based on the GM Aveo platform. In the back, wide opening doors aid accessibility while a rising waistline gives a purposeful stance. The boot is 30% large than the Juke's and its 356 litres deliver about the same space as you get in a MINI Countryman. Inside, the cabin is more conservative than its rivals, perhaps looking to pick up sales from those put off by the likes of the Juke. Being bigger than a Juke, this five door SUV crossover costs more too but on the other hand you will be saving money over an equivalent Astra while gaining more boot space too. Spec levels are good too and the engine range is impressive. You can choose from a 1.6 litre petrol 2WD unit, 1.4 litre petrol turbo 4WD or a 1.7 litre diesel unit that gives you the option of either 2WD or 4WD.
What you'll pay
A 2012 approved used Vauxhall Mokka 1.7 CDTi on a 62 plate and with 7,000 miles on the clock will cost around £16,000 in Exclusiv trim. A 2013 Vauxhall Mokka 1.7 CDTi on a 62 plate with 5,000 miles covered will cost £23,000 fully loaded with leather in SE trim.
What to check
The earliest Vauxhall Mokka cars for sale hail from 2012 so they are almost brand new and still well within the manufacturer's warranty period, so you should be on solid ground here. Some drivers may get a little bit too enthusiastic when it comes to the Vauxhall Mokka's off road abilities though, so remember to check suspension and steering components and have a good look underneath for damage on the 4WD cars.
The price of parts shouldn't be bothering you any time soon but a water pump will cost around £39, front brake disks £53 and rears come in at £44.
How it drives
The Vauxhall Mokka does not quite deliver big SUV style performance, nor does it manage to be as sharp and nippy feeling as the Nissan Juke. It lies somewhere between those extremes but many drivers will enjoy this compromise between the two. The 1.7 litre diesel engine is probably the best all-rounder, available in either the 2WD or 4WD versions and delivering 130PS which will take you to 60mph in around 10 seconds and on to a top speed of 116mph. Body roll is well controlled and although not the sharpest handler, a used Vauxhall Mokka delivers more than enough performance for most drivers of this type of car.