Mokka disappeared from the Opel range for a while, but behind the scenes, the brand was working on a whole new generation. We hit the road with the new Mokka-e, the electric version of the SUV.
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Under the wing of Stellantis, it looks like Opel is finally getting the attention the brand has needed for years. The launch of the Mokka marks the beginning of a new Opel which is accompanied by a completely new design language. At the front, all the attention is directed to the Opel Vizor, the black rectangular panel that blends visually into the elegant headlights with the signature L-shaped light. The rest of the body looks very sleek and is a relief after a long series of unknown designs at Opel.
Remarkably, you don’t have to pay extra for our test car’s bright Matcha Green paint color. This is the standard color. We’re curious about how many people would dare order Mokka.
The Mokka is located on the CMP platform, a basis also used by the Peugeot 2008 and DS 3 Crossback. With a length of 4.15 meters, the SUV fits perfectly into the B-class, where Opel also offers Crossland. However, Mokka is more popular and therefore should attract a different audience.
Interior design: modern yet functional
So the design is really promising and the interior makes a great first impression. Much is due to the pure palette. This is the name Opel gives to the two adjacent screens of the digital instrument panel and the infotainment system. The work environment is excellent. There are hot keys for the main menus of the infotainment system, a separate knob for volume and physical keys for the air conditioning.
What could be better is the space in the back. The headroom is sufficient, but the legroom could be better. Moreover, the Moka electric box has a volume of 310 liters. And this is 40 liters less compared to variants equipped with a combustion engine.
Motors: no selection pressure
Tired of the pressure of choice? Then you might be pleased with the Opel Mokka-e engine lineup. The only possibility is an electric motor with 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque combined with a 50 kWh battery. This ensures a maximum driving range according to WLTP of approximately 320 kilometres.
Opel allows you to choose from three driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport) and has a huge impact on the character of the Mokka-e. For urban driving, the economy mode is sufficient, which is clearly focused on achieving the maximum driving range. However, on the highway it is better to immediately switch to sports mode. This is the only position where you can actually get a maximum power of 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque and you can definitely use that during acceleration and overtaking maneuvers. Of course, the driving range is significantly reduced. You can solve this somewhat by putting the gear into position B to brake regeneratively. However, single pedal driving is not possible on Mokka-e.
Electric cars are usually very quiet. With the Mokka-e, the hum of the electric motor is amazing, both when accelerating and decelerating. Definitely a point that could be improved. You can see this for yourself based on our video at the bottom of this test report.
However, there are a lot of things Opel does score. For example, the seating position is much better than it used to be, the suspension takes the extra weight of the battery pack into account and the steering feels just enough.
Although WLTP indicates a driving range of about 320 kilometers, this is not practically possible. With a mixture of city and highway traffic, you can count on about 250 kilometres. As a result, you will have to charge your Mokka-e regularly. This is possible at 100 kW via a fast charger, otherwise you rely on three-phase charging at 11 kW.
At the time of publication of this test report, prices for the Opel Mokka-e start at 36,200 euros. That doesn’t make it easy for the electric variant because the starting price for the petrol version of the Mokka is just €22,950. For this amount you get 1.2 petrol with 100 horsepower. Other options are a petrol version with 130 hp and 1.5 diesel with 110 hp.
With the Mokka, Opel is finally getting its own identity again. The design department deserves all the credit because the SUV makes a huge leap forward from the inside. If you are looking for a well-functioning electric SUV, the Mokka-e should definitely be on your shortlist. In this case, we recommend not to display the Mokka price list with combustion engines. The price difference between the basic versions of the Mokka and the Mokka-e is more than 13,000 euros. That’s a lot of money that you won’t earn even after 5 years of electric driving.
– hip design
– Modern interior design with attention to ergonomics
Electric motor buzzing sound is very present
Moderate space for the head and legs in the back
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