Vauxhall Mokka-e vs Kia e-Niro: safety and reliability
Both cars received a four-star Euro NCAP rating, with more safety features available if you upgrade
The Vauxhall Mokka was crash-tested by the Euro NCAP safety body and received a four-star rating, with a 73% score for adult occupant protection, 75% for child occupant protection and 64% for safety assistance. The four-star rating was largely down to the Mokka’s lack of a central airbag, as well as automatic emergency braking that could better protect cyclists.
The Mokka-e also has lane-keeping assistance and road-sign recognition. You can upgrade to the SRi trim level or above and your Mokka-e will be equipped with a 180-degree rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control and IntelliLux LED matrix headlights for improved visibility.
The standard Kia Niro also achieved a four-star score back in 2016, but with the added safety pack, its rating is upgraded to five stars. All e-Niros come with seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, two ISOFIX points (one on each outer rear seat) and a front passenger airbag that can be turned off for when a child is in the front.
In addition, there's plenty of active safety kit, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, hill-start assistance and a system to warn if the car senses the driver is getting tired.
Interestingly, neither the e-Niro nor the Mokka-e comes with the kind of semi-autonomous driving functionality that's becoming common in electric cars ranging from the Tesla Model 3 down to the Fiat 500.
In This Review
- 1IntroVauxhall's new Mokka-e electric SUV takes on the more established Kia e-Niro in our compact electric SUV twin test
- 2Range and chargingThe e-Niro’s exceptional efficiency puts it ahead of the Mokka-e, although both offer 100kW rapid charging
- 3Performance and handlingWhile both cars have the same power output, the Mokka-e is better to drive and feels more refined at higher speeds
- 4Space and practicalityThe e-Niro reigns supreme in this category, with more space for passengers and a far larger boot than the Mokka-e
- 5Interior and infotainmentWith the e-Niro’s interior beginning to show the more established car’s age, the Mokka-e stands out with its fresh design
- 6Running costs and warrantyWhile both cars are relatively cheap to run, the Kia edges ahead thanks to its better efficiency and more comprehensive warranty
- 7Safety and reliability - currently readingBoth cars received a four-star Euro NCAP rating, with more safety features available if you upgrade
- 8Verdict and specificationsWhile styling is typically subjective, the Mokka-e stands out with its fresh design both inside and outside, especially against the aging e-Niro