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.

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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