Opel Mokka 2014 SE 1.7 CDTi Review
Vauxhall, Opel’s sister company, may not be really inspired in SUV (and any other vehicle) name giving with this Mokka but that does not mean that you should not consider the SUV. If you are just here for the basic pros and cons, you should know that Mokka does look great, has a very attractive warranty and an affordable entry price. The cons are that the diesel is not as strong as the competition, part of the tech included can be frustrating, is a little expensive for a high end trim and has a choppy ride.
If you are still here, you do want to learn more. Opel Mokka 2014 is not an SUV that we can call beautiful but there is no crossover out there that is beautiful. It is not old-fashioned though and the detailing included is quite great.
The first thing that you will notice is that the interior is not as spacious as you may first thing. Mokka is officially a crossover that is B-segment, which makes it the equivalent of the Opel Corsa, just as 208 is the equivalent of 2008 for Peugeot. However, Mokka also shares some underpinnings that are seen in some small Chevrolets. On the whole, we are definitely looking at something different.
The real problem with the interior of the Mokka is the read bench. Rear passengers will most likely not be really happy when travelling. You do have a good boot size so the SUV is suitable for family vacations but you cannot expect a lot of available space.
Whether or not you will like the interior surely boils down to personal taste. Some love it while others do not, with not many interior options being available. However, the leather is definitely supple and all plastics are soft and nicely grained. Metal features will look well and you will not feel bad about the interior even if you do not really like it.
Equipment – Technology
The SE top of the range model, included in the Tech Line and Exclusiv trims, includes standard equipment that you will surely not expect in this SUV size. You receive access to features like heated steering wheel and seats, cruise control, leather seats, high beam assist and bi-xenon headlights as standard. You can get Bluetooth phone functions, USB port and DAB radio. The only problem is that the price is really high, much higher than what you would expect, over $37,000. Think about whether or not you do need all the extra features. The price does go way down if you choose not to include some features.
Although the equipment included is definitely generous, the truth is that Mokka does feel a little old school in the sense that the touchscreen is not as responsible as you would want and the control knob is not that great. You can be confused with the buttons and everything does feel a little outdated. However, good news comes from the fact that Vauxhall is aware and did make facelift modifications. We can only expect more in the future.
The 1.7 diesel engine in the Vauxhall Mokka 2014 is quite punchy. It has around 130 hp and this basically means that you have a lot of power. The problem is that it is not actually faster or less economical. The 4X4 system takes the blame for this because of the added weight. An advantage comes in the fact that you can go through muddy tracks easily but most crossover buyers do not care about that.
Engine noise was a problem and we did not like that. Engines in Honda and Peugeot models are simply better. You can expect 42 miles per gallon, which is a little more than the competition.
Although driving will feel well, with suitable handling, you should be aware of the fact that the assist system for hills is pretty useless. The biggest complaint is that ride has a sharp edge and there is obvious choppiness noticed at all speeds.
On the whole, the Mokka is well equipped, looks great and does have a tremendous lifetime warranty. These are the main selling points. It is not one of the best crossover SUVs but it is an option that you will surely want to consider. Some people will really love this SUV.