Ford Puma vs. Vauxhall Mokka: a clash between the two best-selling crossovers

Ford Puma vs. Vauxhall Mokka: a clash between the two best-selling crossovers

Here we have a showdown between two of the most popular cars in the UK today. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that in 2023 so far, Ford has registered 46,434 Pumas, putting it at the top of the rankings. The Vauxhall Mokka, with 28,290 units, comes in ninth place and is the third most popular compact SUV, behind the Puma and Nissan Juke. Is this ranking in the world rankings a reflection of their abilities?

In certain areas yes. First and foremost, there’s the way the Puma drives; The chassis has hot hatch-like feedback aided by adjustable balance, as well as well-weighted and precise steering. Nothing else in this segment will put a smile on your face like Ford.

The base engine in the range is a 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which delivers 0-62mph acceleration in 9.8 seconds. While this car’s strong torque and brilliant six-speed gearbox provide keen drivers with plenty of enjoyment, the pick of the bunch is the hot ST. It features a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine pumping out 197bhp – enough for a 6.7-second 0-62mph time – plus a more focused suspension setup for compliance. The 168bhp mild-hybrid unit mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox is a recent addition to the ST family.

There’s clever design on the inside too, with the trunk being a good example. With a capacity of 456 litres, it is one of the largest in its class, aided by a ‘Megabox’ storage area located under a false floor. The plastic container holds 68 liters and has a drain plug at the bottom so you can wash it, making it perfect for holding wet or muddy clothes. The loading lip is also slim, so it’s easy to lift heavy items in and out.

But Puma doesn’t have things all his own way. The Mokka’s cabin feels more contemporary, and the sleek control layouts are easier to work with. The comfortable seats have plenty of adjustment, but as with the Puma, the seats further back will feel like little change in space; Neither car bothers the class leaders in this area. The Mokka’s 350-litre boot doesn’t measure up to the Ford’s, but a space-saving spare wheel is available as a dealer-friendly option. On the road, the Vauxhall’s handling feels a bit underwhelming after getting out of the Puma, but it’s more comfortable and precise than its rival.

Once again, Vauxhall offers a wider choice of engines, including a fully electric version that promises a range of up to 206 miles from a charge of its 50kWh battery. However, our pick in the Mokka lineup is at the bottom of the range. The mid-level GS model paired with a 134bhp petrol engine and manual gearbox will be more than enough for most buyers.

Vauxhall was once again very aggressive with finance deals, offering a massive £4,100 deposit contribution on this model. Put an extra £4,000 down, and your PCP finance agreement comes to £293 per month. In contrast, a Ford Puma ST-Line with a 123bhp petrol engine costs £340 on matching terms. This results in an additional cost of £1,692 over the course of a three-year deal.


Our choice: Vauxhall Mokka

Normally, the Mokka would be a three-and-a-half-star car, but Vauxhall’s huge discounts are now raising that rating to a point where it’s hard to ignore. If you’re looking for a stylish compact SUV, the Mokka is a bargain right now.

Positives cons
Attractive financing rates Dealing with numbness
Revision Tight in the back

Second place: Ford Puma

It’s clear why the Puma is the best-selling car in the UK. It’s great to drive, has a trunk big enough for families and compact enough to slip easily into anyone’s life. But the Mokka is much cheaper to buy now, and that’s enough to drop Ford to second place this time around.

Positives cons
Sharp and attractive handling Difficult journey
Huge boot Limited rear legroom


Vauxhall Mokka Electric Ultimate Ford Puma ST-Line Edition EcoBoost
Price on the road £41,295 £29,320
Powertrain 1x Electric motor/Li-ion battery. 3 cylinder in-line / 999 cc
Power/torque 134/260 hp/Nm 153/190 hp/Nm
moving in Single speed/front wheel drive 6-SPD leg/front wheel drive
Length/wheelbase 4,151/2,561 mm 4,382/2,700 mm
Width Height 1,531/1,791mm 1,475/1,825 mm
Trunk capacity (seats up/down) 310/1,060 litres 375/1,354 litres
Net weight/payload/towing weight 1,598 kg/N/A/N/A 1,330/565/1,100 kg
Turning circle/spare wheel 10.4m/dealer friendly option 11m/space saving
Basic Warranty/Refund 3 years (60 thousand) / 1 year 3 years (60 thousand) / 1 year
Driver energy manufacturer position twenty fourth Twenty-eighth
NCAP: Adult/Children/Children/Auxiliary/Stars 73/75/58/64/4 (2021) 85/87/72/75/5 (2018)
0-62mph/max speed 8.7 sec*/93 mph 9.0 sec / 119 mph
WLTP Economy/EV range 201 miles 44.6 mpg
CO2 claim/tax bracket 0 g/km/2% 123g/km/29%
Airbags / ISOFIX / parking sensors / camera. six / two / f&r / yes seven/two/r/£500* *
Lane Keeping/Blind Spot/AEB Yes Yes Yes Yes / £950*** / Yes
Climate control/cruise control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Leather / Heated Seats / Metallic Paint No / Yes / £600 No./£350****/£525
LED lights/keyless entry and go/pwr tailgate Yes/Yes/No £750 / Yes / £650
DAB/connected services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Satellite navigation/digital dash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless charging/CarPlay/Android Auto Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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