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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

Vauxhall Mokka-e

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.

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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.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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