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Test driving the Vauxhall Mokka – a review

A couple of weekends ago, the very kind folk at Lookers Vauxhall lent us a shiny Mokka to test drive. It was perfect timing for us. We’re a two car family, I’ve got a Vauxhall Corsa and after seven faithful years with his Mazda, we’ve been thinking of getting a new car for hubby and the Vauxhall Mokka has been on our ‘must look at’ list.

We took the Mokka up to Manchester for the weekend to put it through it’s paces via the rolling hills of the Peak District, around the busy city streets and on the motorway to really give the car a good drive.

Vauxhall Mokka

Luckily for us, both hubby and I were insured to drive the car so we were both able to sit in the driving seat, press all the buttons, put our foot down and really see how the Mokka moved.

Vauxhall Mokka

The Vauxhall Mokka is a five seat family SUV (sport utility vehicle) available in petrol and diesel engines, in both two and four wheel drive. We borrowed a shiny black diesel model with a four wheel drive.

Vauxhall Mokka

First Impressions

After sitting in the driving seat for ten minutes, I really liked how high up I felt. I love being that little bit higher than in my Corsa as it gives me a better view of the road. Even though the Mokka is bigger than my Corsa, it didn’t feel like I was driving a tank. It moved fluently and I was able to move through the gears with ease. I felt really comfortable driving the Mokka and was able to use the steering wheel features (window wipers, indicators etc) without really thinking about it.

Parking in our road is always a pain, we have to parallel park every time if we want to park outside our home so the Vauxhall Mokka’s front and rear parking sensors came in handy. These can be turned off but we kept them on for additional peace of mind. The exterior lights are automatic (Adaptive Forward Lighting) so there’s no need to worry about putting the lights on when it gets dark, it does it all for you.

Features I loved

From the bluetooth connectivity, USB connection with iPod control, the dual-zone electronic climate control, the three pin electrical socket in the rear of the vehicle perfect for any tablet users in the back or charging your phone on the go, digital radio with steering wheel mounted audio controls, the dual cup holder in the middle between the front and passenger seats, plenty of nifty storage compartments, there’s so much to love about the Mokka.

Vauxhall Mokka

I also loved the driver side dash which had a nifty little screen in the middle. Within this it told us how many miles were left in the tank which I thought was very clever. I also loved how it indicated on the dials the exact speed you were going with a little dot on the speedometer.

The car also had cruise control which I didn’t test out but hubby did on the motorway leg as we drove back home. It did freak me out a little as I’ve never used it before nor do I trust other drivers to stay within the speed limit but it was a nice addition to have.

Vauxhall Mokka

I thought the boot space would be bigger but it suited us fine for a weekend away and we had plenty of room within the inside of the Mokka to stretch out. When hubby was driving around Manchester, I sat in the back with Olly and had plenty of room.

Vauxhall Mokka

I wasn’t really expecting to fall in love with the Mokka as much as I did. I found it a lovely drive and loved all the features. Even the foot plate to help you get out the car is a nice addition which helps when you’re ever so slightly higher off the ground.

I’m afraid I can’t give you any Jeremy Clarkson style comparisons or technical details about the Vauxhall Mokka but I can tell you how it felt to drive with a family inside. I felt safe, comfortable and in control of the car so much so, I’ve been hinting to hubby that we could even just upgrade my little Corsa, you can imagine how that went down!

Vauxhall Corsa versus Vauxhall Mokka

My five door Corsa versus the Vauxhall Mokka

What the hubby thought

The Mokka was great fun to drive.  It was great being higher up in my seat, having driven cars that are fairly low down since passing my test, and I enjoyed the view from my seat.  The car is a diesel engine, 1.6 litres, and although my current car has the same engine size, there was a notable difference in the more modern engine in the Mokka. This was especially noticeable in second gear, where the car performed very well, giving good acceleration away from standing starts.

Vauxhall Mokka

One feature that I particularly liked was the cruise control.  I’ve never had the luxury of this feature in any of my previous cars, and have spent all of my driving days negotiating long stretches of motorway roadworks trying to find that balance between keeping up with the flow and not straying too far under or over the speed limit.  With the cruise feature, as soon as we hit a patch of roadworks (and there is a nice 10 mile stretch just north of Stoke!) I was able to click the Mokka into cruise mode, knock down the arm rest and we made our way serenely down the motorway with just minor adjustments on the switch.  Very comfortable indeed!

Vauxhall Mokka
The other thing I liked most was the space.  It is a very comfortable car to drive, and the seating position meant that despite the long drive, I never felt any discomfort.  I really didn’t want to relinquish the car at the end of the weekend, I had enjoyed driving it so much!  I am definitely considering upgrading to a Vauxhall Mokka as our next family car.

 

We would like to thank the lovely people at Vauxhall Lookers for lending us the Mokka. It was brilliant for our weekend away and we like to think that we gave it a good test over the four days we had it with the good ol’ British weather at it’s best. We’d also like to thank the team for the basket of goodies that Olly enjoyed and this little surprise that was on the front when we got to the dealership, my very own number plate.
EMMA number plate
For more information about the Mokka, give Vauxhall Lookers a shout.
Disclosure: We were loaned the car for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images are our own. 
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16 Comments

  • Reply Clearlybex

    Fab review, looks a very gadgety machine. I drive a Vauxhall Meriva and when I bought it I loved being higher up off the road, really does make for a more visually improved view. As for your hubby and the cruise control, isn’t that patch of 50mph on the M6 such a doddle with cruise control. It’s the only time I ever use my cruise haha. Fab review x

    15/05/2016 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Mummymelton

    We’re currently looking for a new car after Mr M passed his driving test, he passed in an automatic & I drive a manual. We had seen the Mokka & had decided it was the car for us, until we went to the showroom & actually sat in one. I felt claustrophobic, sitting in the driving seat the steering wheel column feels really long & everything felt in my face. We were also disappointed with the boot space, for such a big car it doesn’t have the boot to match. Unfortunately they didn’t have one for us to take for a test drive, from your review it sounds like a great drive, if I’d have driven one it might have changed my feelings on it. Great review xx

    15/05/2016 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Donna

    That looks like such a lovely car. I much prefer a higher seating position as I’m so short and have never used cruise control. It sounds like it has so many extras! x

    15/05/2016 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply joanna

    Fab review I love the sound of this car me and the hubby don’t drive but its something we want to do.

    16/05/2016 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles

    We’ve actually been looking at this model because we’re after a roomier car to replace our Insignia. Good to hear how you got on with it, it seems like a great family car xx

    16/05/2016 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Jemma

    We were looking into buying this car when I was pregnant. It’s such a great family car.

    17/05/2016 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Kelly Pattullo

    Great review! I love the Mokka, my friend bought one last year and I drove it back from London. Fab machine x

    17/05/2016 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    My husband has used cruise control when he was in the US and he loved it. Nice to be able to set a speed and not have to keep your foot on the accelerator all the time. The bluetooth connectively and USB connectivity with Ipod control would be amazing too. Nice car!

    17/05/2016 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Oh wow it looks gorgeous and look at how much goes in that boot! I have a pushchair (and a tonne of crap to be frank) in my boot so I am always in awe of boots that are empty and spacious… ahhh spot the mum eh? H x

    17/05/2016 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Carolin

    I love the look of this. Boot space is essential to me as Amy and me both love to shop til we drop and I love that you’re higher up than in your usual car ;)

    17/05/2016 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Rachel Bustin

    My father in lw has the Chevrolet version of this car. Its a lovely car to drive, but the boot is shockingly small. I cant fit my pram in it at all. its boot is smaller than my C3! xx

    #triedtested

    17/05/2016 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Kellie Kearney

    Fabulous car, love all the features… How the hell did you give it back??

    18/05/2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply tracey bowden

    This is currently my dream car so I had to read this review. I’m glad it was a good review sounds like a pretty nifty car to have. I have always driven cars where you have been a bit higher and much prefer them. I think I best get saving ;) great review thanks #triedtested

    19/05/2016 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Kate Fever

    I really like Vauxhall cars, this new one looks really good. Love the thorough review Emma, shame this car isn’t big enough for us! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    23/05/2016 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Colette

    I love this review Emma – I don’t need Jeremy Clarkson, I need a real life person telling me how it fits into their life and you’ve nailed that.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    23/05/2016 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply becca farrelly

    Great review as we are starting to look at replacing my Fiesta with a bit bigger car and this is on the list. When I had Mia I struggled to fit her ridiculously big buggy in the boot so that is top of the list for the new car so when we have another baby, we wont have the same problems! Looks great and perfect for what we would need. A great review! :)

    24/05/2016 at 10:08 am
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