Mokka 1.4 Turbo (140PS) AWD Tech Line Start/Stop
pairing of two trending terms,
flavoured with a hint of café society:
together they spell Mokka...
WHILE THE ECONOMY may well be on the mend, one part of it isn't showing any
signs of changing: motorists' new-found liking for a supermini-proportioned
but perfectly-satisfying set of wheels for them and their family. And Vauxhall
can sell you a very nice one indeed…
Externally, its tasty Mokka SUV is neat enough to fit in any urban space but
at the same time there's more than enough room and kit inside its 4.2-metre
long, five-door body to ensure downsizing really has no downside.
Looks-wise it's a smart blend of high-ridin' rugged with racy; a flattering
rising waistline lends it an appealing coupe-like side profile
and finished in Deep Espresso metallic, our test car looked masculine and distinct
yet, refreshingly, not at all in-your-face.
The Mokka can be had with either two- or four-wheel drive, both versions powered
by petrol-drinking engines (turboed 138bhp 1.4 or 113bhp 1.6-litre) or, if you
prefer oil, a 1.7-litre CDTi diesel with 128bhp. Prices won't break the bank
either they kick-off at £15,999 and top-out at £23,490.
the three engine choices, the turboed 138bhp petrol is the nippiest while officially
promising a not-to-be-sniffed-at 44.1mpg. Real-life though is where it counts
the 1.4 4x4 we drove long and hard for a week returned a healthy
no longer just in the
depths of winter that
4WD can come to your
aid flooded roads are
also becoming more
regular occurrences and,
like snow and ice,
are managed far more
safely when all four
wheels are doing the
While you can get your Mokka with two- wheel drive, if it's available we see
no point in not having it because it's no longer just in the depths of winter
that it can come to your aid; flooded roads are, worryingly, also becoming more
regular occurrences and like snow and ice are managed far more safely when four
wheels are doing the gripping.
And that's not forgetting an SUV's other major contribution to making our potholed
urban roads more palatable the higher ride height and ground clearance.
City kerbs or country tracks, the Mokka takes them all in its stride.
Although not a kick-ass off-road machine, the Mokka's 4WD system is capable
enough away from the blacktop (the front skid-plate fitted under its chin is
there to protect the lower front bodywork). The Mokka's on-demand four-wheel
drive system comes into play automatically at the very first sign of traction
Under normal conditions it's the front wheels that lay down the power
and into the bargain maximise fuel consumption. However, when called for by
snow or standing surface water, the torque split can transform from full front-wheel
drive to an even 50:50 split between the front and rear axles. Descent Control
is also standard for some extra authority off-road.
Despite the rugged looks, riding in the Mokka is a very civilised affair. Drivers
will appreciate that inside function takes priority meaning that
the cabin and fascia are smartly styled but not, thankfully, slaves to fashion.
Eminently liveable, the cockpit will still look topical 100,000 miles down the
there's more than enough kit to go around in the Tech Line version: powered
heated and folding door mirrors, drive-away central locking, dual-zone electronic
climate control, power windows (all four with one-shot up/down operation), SatNav-cum-infotainment
system with 7-inch colour monitor and CD Player (includes digital radio, SD
card slot, AM/FM stereo radio, RDS with Traffic Programme, 20 watts per channel
output, 6 speakers, USB connection with iPod control, and mobile phone system
there's a multifunction leather-rim steering wheel, multifunction trip computer,
front centre armrest, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 230-volt rear power outlet
(in the rear cabin), 60:40 split-folding rear seats, side-protection mouldings
with alloy-effect protective front skid-plate, front fogs, silver-effect roof
rails, and sterling silver-effect 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 215/55 R 18
The driving position is spot-on: you sit high
off the floor for a commanding view of the road ahead and can actually
see the tip of the short bonnet a real boon in downtown traffic.
Rearwards visibility is good enough to reverse without relying on the
rear sensors although youve
Safety kit and driver aids include cruise control, front and rear parking sensors,
auto lights and wipes, daytime running lights, High Beam Assist, Electronic
Stability Programme, Traction Control, Descent Control System, Hill Start Assist,
and a full house of airbags: driver's and front passenger's plus seat side-impact
airbags and full-size curtain airbags.
Getting in (and out) is dead easy thanks to wide-opening, carpark-friendly doors
all four of 'em, not just the front pair. Once aboard it's roomy
and there's generous headroom. Airy, too, thanks to the deep glasshouse.
The driving position is spot-on: you sit high off the floor for a commanding
view of the road ahead and can actually see the tip of the short bonnet
a real boon in downtown traffic. Rearwards visibility is good enough to reverse
without relying on the rear sensors although you've got them (and at the front,
The leather-rimmed wheel is good to hold and houses remote control buttons for
cruise, speed limiter, voice, audio, and phone operation. Using the button on
the indicator stalk calls up the driver's information (essential trip data as
well as graphic navigation prompts) displayed between the clear white-on-black
speedometer and rev-counter.
front seats upholstered in all-season-suitable cloth
are well shaped with effective but not intrusive bolstering, and while there's
no lumbar adjustment the seatbacks provide good support, as do the long seat
bases. Height-adjustable seatbelts and a comfy left-foot rest are more good
you don't need to be an over-achiever when it comes to tidiness to appreciate
the numerous in-cabin storage areas that number not just one but a pair of gloveboxes,
a bin and a tray in each front door, lidded and open bins in the central tunnel
as well as a slide-out drawer under the front passenger seat.
SatNav screen is sited exactly where it should be: top dead centre of the fascia.
And that's not its only strong feature the spoken commands are
well-timed and unambiguous.
Nice touches include
a swan-neck handbrake
with the release button
on top where its
release with your thumb;
and the SatNavs
offer to direct you to
the nearest garage
when your driving range
drops to 50 miles...
Other nice touches include a swan-neck handbrake with the release button on
top where it's easy to squeeze with your thumb; and the SatNav's timely offer
to direct you to the nearest garage to top-up when your driving range drops
to 50 miles. The driver also gets an inboard drop-down captain's armrest that
unlike many doesn't foul the handbrake.
Another welcome surprise is that the Mokka is nowhere near as short as its styling
would have you believe as confirmed by the decent space in the
rear cabin. The big surprise is the full fist of headroom, masses of foot room
and, thanks to the minimal transmission tunnel, room for a third rear passenger
seated in the middle. The rear backrest is set at a relaxing angle; there are
mag pockets; and a useful 3-pin 230-volt rear power outlet which comes in very
handy for charging laptops and the like on the move.
In keeping with its practical character is a good-sized boot the
Mokka's 356 litres should be large enough for most owners. Pop the high-opening
tailgate and the flat load lip makes light work of loading and unloading heavy
cargo. When you need more room for boxes rather than bodies simply fold the
60:40-split seat bases forward then drop the seatbacks down and you'll have
1,372 litres to fill all with a perfectly flat floor right through
to the load sill.
Another neat touch is the slide-out bike carrier that, when not in use, is housed
within the rear bumper. And to save you emptying the boot to get at the tyre
repair kit, it's stored in the rear wing. As, too, is a first aid kit. If you
prefer to keep your cargo on the outside, then the Mokka's 1,200kg braked towing
capability will keep you smiling.
you're wondering whether 1.4 litres will be enough to cope; don't. While it's
admittedly the smallest capacity engine in the Mokka line-up, the turbocharged
four-cylinder petrol engine has more than enough kick because alongside its
138bhp it also develops 147lb ft of torque between 1,850 and 4,900rpm.
through a no-fault, clean-shifting six-speed manual 'box, the 1.4 is equipped
with a Start-Stop system and emits CO2 emissions of 149g/km, which pegs road
tax at £145 from the first year onward.
When you need
more room for boxes
rather than bodies,
simply fold the 60:40-
split seat bases forward
then drop the
seatbacks down and
have 1,372 litres to
all with a perfectly
flat floor right back
to the load sill...
high-revving 1.4 is a lively and capable powerplant it will get
the Mokka off the line and up to 62mph in a crisp 9.4 seconds; midrange pick-up
and response to the loud pedal is also eager, especially above 2,000 revs once
the turbo is doing its boosting best.
At the legal limit it has an unruffled pace and it lopes along quite happily;
given its head, it will run the Mokka 4x4 up to a licence-busting 118mph. More
importantly, at 75-90mph across the Channel on the autobahns and autoroutes
it feels stable and remains quiet.
Vauxhall recently re-tuned the Mokka's suspension and it shows;
it feels wieldy and rides and handles well on our decaying British roads. Improving
the dynamic mix is the light but feelsome steering that lets you thread it crisply
through bends and corners where it's helped by good body control and decent
grip. The brakes, too, are competent. Given it's high-sided bodystyle it's far
more entertaining than you might have expected. All in all then, this latest
Mokka is a nice steer!
A sharp and shapely, compact crossover, Vauxhall's Mokka comes with a smart,
practical cabin, versatile load carrying abilities and decent kit and all at
an affordable price. And it's so easy to live with!
Vauxhall Mokka 1.4 Turbo (140PS) AWD Tech Line Start/Stop
Maximum speed: 118mph | 0-62mph: 9.4 seconds | Test Average: 40.5mpg
Power: 138bhp | Torque: 147lb ft | CO2 149g/km