We put popular compact SUVs the Vauxhall Mokka (now the Mokka X) and the Renault Captur to the test.
Both models, although taking cues from the rugged SUV sector, are chicly styled to stand out in the city. The Captur’s chunky, appealing aesthetic is blended with off-road robustness, while the Mokka blends sporty elegance with a high stance and generous dimensions. Those looking for a quirkier appearance should choose the Captur; if a little more room is higher on your priority list, choose the Mokka.
The Captur has a classy, contemporary-looking cabin which is tidy and intuitively laid out; the Mokka's is somewhat busier, though the controls are still easy to use on the move, with the audio controls mounted on the steering wheel for convenience. Both include an infotainment system with smartphone integration, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard, along with a leather or synthetic leather steering wheel.
The classic high SUV driving position features on both models, offering a commanding view of the road ahead, but all-round visibility is slightly better in the Captur. In the front, the vehicles provide a similar amount of space, as well as adjustable seating to ensure you get comfy. The passenger seat in the Mokka has the edge though, being adjustable in six ways.
Being designed for growing families, these crossovers are great when it comes to accommodating kids. The head and legroom on offer is ample, ensuring squabbles over space are kept to a minimum.
Both the Captur and the Mokka X have a reasonable number of storage spaces in their cabins, enabling you to stow devices, water bottles and more. The Captur has a useful lidded bin on the dashboard, a phone tray in front of the gearstick, cupholders and a small space under the front armrest; the Mokka has a tray in the centre console where you can hide a phone, two cupholders, an illuminated glovebox and a small tray with a sliding lid in front of the central armrest.
Boot sizes are similar: 356 litres in the Mokka, extendable with the split-fold rear seats to 1,305 litres, and 377 litres in the Captur, again extendable to 1,235 litres with the seats folded. You can also lower the boot floor in the Captur to increase space to 455 litres, and slide the rear bench seat forwards and backwards. Both have no boot lip, making them easy to load, and the Mokka's boot is nice and square – plus there are hooks and tie-down points to stop items rolling around, a luggage area light, and a small underfloor space to hide valuables.
Both crossovers are easy and refined on the road, but the car-like Captur possibly has an edge here in terms of manoeuvrability, with light steering, good grip and a smooth ride. This is partly down to the fact that its smaller, lighter size means it's more agile in corners. The Captur's size also means it's easier to park.
For those wanting extra stability and confidence in inclement weather conditions, the Mokka offers a 4x4 option, making it a popular choice for those living in more remote areas. It offers a relaxed drive too, with supple suspension that absorbs bumps to deliver a smooth ride.
The Captur comes with a choice of engines: a 0.9-litre 89bhp petrol, a 1.3-litre petrol with either 128bhp or 148bhp, and a 1.5-litre 89bhp diesel. Fuel economy is best in the diesel, getting up to 53.3mpg under new WLTP figures.
The Mokka X now has only two engine options: a 1.4-litre petrol with 138bhp, and 1.6-litre diesel with start-stop technology delivering 134bhp. Both are powerful and energetic, and the latter's 236lb ft of torque gives it impressive flexibility. Its fuel economy of 50.4mpg isn't quite as good as that of the Captur, however.
Being first and foremost passenger vehicles, both models are strong on safety, with a host of standard equipment to keep everyone aboard protected. Each includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and emergency brake assist, all of which provide active protection on the road, while airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchor points offer passive protection. Both models also include hill start assist, which prevents you rolling backwards when pulling away on an incline.
For security, the Captur has an alarm, an immobiliser and remote central deadlocking; the MokkaX also has a visible vehicle identification number, lockable wheel nuts and a luggage area cover.
Both cars are very generously equipped: air conditioning keeps the cabin cool on hot days, and a 12v socket comes as standard, enabling you to power navigation devices and more. Both also come with front fog lights as standard for improved visibility, as well as cruise control for support on tiring motorway journeys. The Captur also features automatic headlights and wipers for added convenience, while the Mokka X has roof rails, an emergency tyre inflation kit, and rear fog lights.
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