Vauxhall Mokka-e Review
Mokka-e uses tried and tested electric system from Corsa-e to deliver a 201-mile range.
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Like one of those transformation shows, where someone miraculously changes from grim to glam, rough to rugged, so the new Vauxhall Mokka has morphed from dull to dashing, and the all-new electric Mokka-e might well be one of the most exciting small SUVs coming this year. It’s on sale in Europe now and is set to arrive in the UK before 2021.
For a start, just look at it… You’d never believe it was made by the same company that produced the previous, rather forgettable-looking Mokka. That bluff front end with its super-slim headlights looks great and the wide intakes and angular chrome bumper trims make it one of the most eye-catching small SUVs around.
It’s not just a pretty face, though. The two-tone bodywork and chrome strip running over the roof make sure that the new Mokka-e doesn’t just look like a hatchback that’s been jacked up and given a set of big alloy wheels. It’s the same story ’round the back with a set of cool-looking down-turned pillars beside the windscreen and new flatter brake lights like the ones you’ll see on the latest Astra.
The old Vauxhall Mokka’s interior was neatly organised, but a bit dull. The new car’s cabin is going much more upmarket thanks to an infotainment system inspired by the dual-screen set-up you get in the newest Mercedes models.
Sure, Vauxhall’s system doesn’t quite link the central touchscreen with the driver’s display quite as seamlessly as in a Mercedes, but it certainly has the likes of the Renault Captur, VW T-Roc and Skoda Kamiq licked. The range-topper will have a 12-inch driver’s display and 10-inch central touchscreen.
As in almost all new cars, you’ll be able to get the Vauxhall Mokka-e with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring so you can use your phone’s navigation and media-streaming apps through the car’s built-in screens.
The new Vauxhall Mokka-e is 12.5cm shorter than the old Mokka X, so you’d expect it to be more cramped inside. Not so, because Vauxhall’s actually made the new model 10mm wider and pushed its front and rear wheels apart by 2mm, so there’s actually a smidge more passenger space inside than before.
New Mokka-e looks genuinely cool, and the electric powertrain is punchy witha decent range.
Boot space has taken a bit of a hit, but the Mokka-e’s 350-litre load bay is only six litres shy of what you could pack into the old Mokka X.
Vauxhall has confirmed that the Mokka-e pairs a 50kWh battery with a 136hp electric motor, as already seen in the Corsa-e. This combo will power the new Mokka-e at up to 93mph and for 201 miles between charges.
Speaking of which, Vauxhall has said you’ll be able to charge the Mokka-e using a range of wall boxes and public chargers. The fastest way to recharge is to use a 100kW public fast charger, which can boost this electric car’s batteries from 0-80% fully charged in just half an hour. Vauxhall says you’ll be able to drive for around 200 miles on a full charge.
The new Mokka-e is on sale now. The Mokka-e will set you back from £30,840 – that’s taking into account the £3,000 Government plug-in car grant.
We’re scheduled to drive the Mokka-e very shortly, so check back here to find out what it’s like.