Lots of driving fun in the compact mini SUV

Almost exactly a year ago, Opel presented the Mokka-e, the latest generation of its electrified city SUV. In the meantime, the e-car was so popular that the range of available vehicles could no longer keep pace with the high demand. In the meantime, however, the Opel Mokka-e is again available without restrictions. And we did more than just a few laps with him. We were able to cover around 700 kilometers in two weeks with this vehicle, which is particularly useful for city traffic. We tested the Opel Mokka-e in the most extensively equipped version “Ultimate”.

Opel Mokka-e: Shorter than expected

Take a seat and feel good. In a few minutes you can describe what defines the Opel Mokka-e. Because even for tall people, the car offers plenty of space in the front row of seats and a pleasantly voluminous feeling of space. The bright roof cladding also contributes to this. It is also necessary for a cozy atmosphere in the interior. Because, unlike the sister model Peugeot e-2008, which we also tested, the Mokka does not have an optional panoramic sunroof.

But the truth is also: If tall people take a seat in the front and slide their seats all the way back, there is hardly any space left in the second row. Not to say no more space. Here it is clearly noticeable that the Opel Mokka-e is based on the CMP platform of the Opel parent company Stellantis. It is also used in the Opel Corsa, for example. Expressed in numbers: the Opel Mokka-e is only 4.15 meters long, making it even shorter than the Opel Astra (4.37 meters). Families or people who frequently transport more than one person are advised to take a test drive before making a purchase so as not to be surprised by the space available after making a purchase.

If a tall driver takes a seat in the front, there is hardly any space left for the legs in the back.

This is how driving is fun

Driving itself is not only fun because of the slightly elevated seating position. The possibility of agile locomotion is also convincing in combination with the built-in 1-speed gearbox and comfortably tuned suspension. It also swallows bumps and driving over train tracks reliably. The gears for driving forwards and backwards are selected using a small rocker switch on the center console. At the push of a button, more powerful recuperation can be activated, which not only recovers energy that would otherwise be lost, but also protects the brakes. Relaxed cruising through city traffic is possible in three driving modes.

By default, the car always starts in the mode in which it was parked. In normal mode, a balanced driving is possible. If desired, the power can be limited for a little more range (Eco mode with a maximum of 82 hp) or the maximum possible torque of 260 Nm can be called up in Sport mode. At the traffic lights, you can easily leave one or the other puzzled driver in the neighboring car behind you. But be careful: the danger of rushing into the next speed trap increases very sharply due to the brisk acceleration. Values ​​of 60 km / h and more appear pretty fast on the digital speed display.

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Opel Mokka-e side view
In the side view, the long front and the (very) short rear are visible.

The LED matrix light with high beam assistant installed as standard in the Ultimate version, the 180 degree reversing camera and the adaptive cruise control system also ensure plenty of comfort when driving. It not only maintains the cruising speed, but also, if necessary, the necessary safety distance from the vehicle in front. In some cases, however, it intervenes too roughly in the traffic, especially in city traffic.

The interior: tidy and clear

Even if a head-up display is not on board even in the most expensive equipment variant of the Opel Mokka-e: clarity in the interior is the measure of all things. The Ultimate model we tested is particularly impressive with its built-in screens. Behind the steering wheel there is a clearly visible, 12-inch driver information display, plus a 10-inch multimedia display that is slightly inclined towards the driver and also includes the TomTom navigation system with real-time traffic information. And of course, compatibility with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is also guaranteed – but only from the Elegance equipment variant.

Many functions can be set via the touchscreen and are supplemented by voice control. But we also like the fact that simple rotary knobs can be used for temperature regulation and physical pushbuttons are available for switching between audio, navigation and telephone functions. Because not everywhere where touch sensors are theoretically possible, they are really convenient and useful in practice.

Opel Mokka-e interior
Clear and tidy: the interior of the Opel Mokka-e.

The driver can also look forward to various function buttons on the steering wheel. Among other things, the cruise control system (cruise control) can be controlled here, but the steering wheel heating can also be switched on and the volume and the favorite station of the DAB + radio can be set.

The polished center console is certainly a matter of taste. It is not just the fact that it is prone to scratches that tarnishes the overall high-quality appearance. If the sun shines through the windshield from the front at the wrong angle, there are sometimes less pleasant reflections that can distract from driving.

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Not much space in the trunk

And what should not be concealed: the trunk offers enough space for weekly shopping. Much more than two beverage crates and a shopping basket cannot be stowed away. Even accommodating two smaller travel trolleys for the journey to the airport or train station is difficult.

Expressed in numbers: you have to be satisfied with a meager 350 liters trunk volume. A long trip with lots of bags shouldn’t be on the agenda. At least there is some additional storage space under the base plate, in which plenty of small items such as first-aid kits, safety vests or even a charging cable can be stored.

Opel Mokka-e trunk
The trunk of the Opel Mokka-e is anything but voluminous.

Opel Mokka-e: And what about the range?

One of the most crucial questions: How far can you drive the Opel Mokka-e? The answer: Especially in city traffic, around 300 kilometers with a moderate driving style, high recuperation level and an outside temperature of around 20 degrees are no problem. The 50 kWh battery is also completely sufficient for the daily commute to work.

Less convincing: the long haul. Here, the driver often has to stop charging after around 200 kilometers. Because the faster you are on the road with the Opel Mokka-e, the higher the consumption. The 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor draws a lot of energy above the 100 km / h threshold. Although we managed to level off the consumption at around 17 kWh per 100 kilometers on average, despite recurring cross-country trips, those who drive a lot and briskly on the autobahn will quickly break the 20 kWh mark – and have to drive themselves with a recommended speed of 130 km / h and more, even more in the direction of the 25 kWh threshold. Incidentally, up to 150 km / h are possible at the top, but such a cruising speed is not really recommended in terms of consumption.

Opel Mokka-e Motor
View into the engine compartment of the Opel Mokka-e.

After all: new energy is quickly recharged. The 1.6-ton Opel Mokka-e can not only be charged at “normal” AC charging stations with up to 11 kW (attention: only a maximum of 7.4 kW in the basic model), but also at DC fast charging stations. And that with up to 100 kW charging power. How quickly the charging process can actually be completed in the end depends on various factors. Even at theoretically powerful charging stations, charging to the recommended 80 percent of the maximum possible battery capacity can sometimes take longer. It usually took 35 to 45 minutes to charge the energy storage device from 20 to 80 percent during our test.

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Opel Mokka-e and charging column
The power connection for charging the battery of the Opel Mokka-e is on the rear of the driver’s side (left).

Conclusion: great for city traffic, but not a motorhome

Anyone looking for a mini SUV for city traffic will quickly find a liking for the Opel Mokka-e. It’s just fun to drive the car with its 1-speed gearbox and the good overview of road traffic allows all age groups to cruise from A to B equally relaxed. Also because driving is so pleasantly quiet. The Opel Mokka-e clearly proves that although it may appear “airy” in the first row of seats, it clearly suffers from its rather short dimensions in the rear and in the trunk. Traveling with more than three passengers and especially with a lot of luggage can be quite challenging. But one must never forget: The Opel Mokka-e is not intended as a motorhome, but as a city SUV.

advantages

  • emphasizes striking design
  • lots of driving fun with 1-speed gearbox and 3 driving modes
  • high sense of space in the front row of seats
  • Range suitable for everyday use in city traffic
  • tidy, clear interior
  • hardly any disturbing wind noise even at high speeds
  • Hill Start Assist is part of the standard equipment
  • fair price

disadvantage

  • little space in the 2nd row of seats
  • only 350 liters trunk volume
  • Insufficient range on long-haul routes
  • Seats could offer more lateral support
Opel Mokka-e Heck
How do I actually open the trunk of the Opel Mokka-e? The appropriate sensor is located below (!) The bumper.

What does the Opel Mokka-e cost?

The Opel Mokka-e is offered in four versions. You can order the basic model Mokka-e Edition at prices from 34,110 euros, the Mokka-e Elegance – also equipped with climate control and multimedia radio with 7-inch touchscreen color display and 7-inch driver information display – is available from 37,300 euros to buy. The Opel Mokka-e GS Line, which is available from 38,980 euros and offers extras such as thermal insulation glazing and a roof and A-pillar colored in black, packs another shovel on top. The top model we tested, the Opel Mokka-e Ultimate, is available from dealers at prices from 41,220 euros.

The bottom line is that the final price to be paid is lower. Because: You can still deduct 9,000 euros environmental bonus plus VAT from the above prices. And that means that you can whiz off with the Opel Mokka-e for just under 25,000 euros. The Ultimate model we tested is available minus the environmental bonus at prices from 31,650 euros.

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