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The new Mokka is one of Vauxhall’s most striking pieces of design in many years, but does the new crossover make sense as an electric vehicle?

On the road

The new Mokka-e is blazing a trail for Vauxhall in styling terms, and is also tasked with opening new doors as an electric car.

It’s not Vauxhall’s first EV, because the Corsa-e was launched a year or so ago, but it’s expected to better penetrate the user-chooser market thanks to the looks and the extra practicality and customer appeal of the small crossover bodystyle over a conventional supermini hatchback.

The front-end is where the most dramatic styling statement takes place, with the Mokka-e giving a debut to what the manufacturer has dubbed the Vauxhall Vizor front end. It’s a look already making its way onto the facelifted Crossland and Grandland crossover models, and the new Astra’s styling will take on the bold design.

It really works on the Mokka-e in particular, giving the small crossover a distinctive appearance, and making it what is one of the best-looking cars Vauxhall has launched in some time. The looks are also helped by a variety of brighter colours and contrasting roof and/or window moulding colours, further enhancing the styling.

The Mokka-e is offered with a pair of petrol engines and one diesel as well as the Mokka-e electric version that we focus on here. The petrols are 100 and 130hp versions of the 1.2-litre powertrain, while the diesel is a 110hp 1.5 that has a best emissions figure of 114g/km, giving it a similar BiK figure to the lower-powered petrol, thanks to the petrol’s £1800 price advantage.

Inside the Mokka, it matches up to the exterior styling with a pair of screens that Vauxhall calls its Pure Panel, offering an expansive spread across the infotainment and dashboard panels, with the former angled towards the driver to create a cockpit environment, while the dash screen is large, clear and offers plenty of information. The climate controls being kept away from the touchscreen with its own buttons is also welcome. It’s a much easier operation than building it into the infotainment system.

The cabin is a tale of two halves, with much of the surfacing and materials pleasantly soft to touch, but then some much harder plastics appearing in some quite visible and frequently touched positions. Still, the SRi trim level adds a whole series of nice red flourishes inside as well as outside, lifting the visual appeal and emphasising the incentive to push up to the EV’s highest trim level.

The door bins are big, but offset by a centre bin that’s a bit too small to be particularly useful.

The Mokka-e is compact for its class, due in part to Vauxhall having to squeeze the Crossland model into the same small crossover sector; that car sits very much at the larger end of the class and the Mokka is a slightly smaller and more dynamic alternative.

Test Notes

1. The Mokka is Vauxhall’s most head-turning design in a long time, and it offers a good choice of attractive and stand-out body, roof and trim colours. 

2. The lane-keep assist system is typically intrusive, as is the case with the Stellantis brands’ system, but it is at least easy to switch off via a button in the car’s centre.

3. Locating the charge point at the rear of the car is a good thing for anyone preferring to reverse into parking spaces.

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Context

The Mokka was Vauxhall’s entry into the then-fledgling small crossover market pioneered by Nissan’s Juke.

The car (pictured) was revealed at the 2012 Geneva motor show before landing in the UK at the end of that year with front- or all-wheel drive and 115hp or 140hp petrol and 130hp diesel engine options. The diesel was replaced in 2014 by what Vauxhall called its more refined ‘Whisper Diesel’, a 136hp 1.6 already used in the Astra, Meriva and Zafira Tourer models at that point. It dropped emissions to 109g/km, under the old and more generous NEDC testing regime, by which time the car had made it to number two in class. 

In 2016, the Mokka had a slight name change at its mid-life facelift, adding an X to its moniker and dropping emissions to 103g/km with the introduction of a new 110hp version of the diesel.

Later in 2016, Vauxhall announced the Crossland would be added to its range. Also a small crossover, it’s slightly larger and more practical than the Mokka, and both are maintained in the current Vauxhall line-up.

The latest Mokka uses the same platform as the Peugeot 2008, thanks to both now being under the ownership of Stellantis.

The Big Test - Vauxhall Mokka-E - 2021 - In context - Revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

What they said

Vauxhall’s  all-new Mokka-e SUV feels bold and different. From the iconic Vizor, to the aggressive LED headlights, to the vivid Pure Panel digital display. The new Mokka is available now with a fully electric variant with a range of up to 201 miles (WLTP), as well as a range of highly-efficient diesel and petrol engines.

The Mokka-e can also deliver great savings to business customers – low Class 1A NI Contributions and reduced SMR costs being just two examples. And company car drivers will benefit from massively reduced fuel costs and just 1% BiK. 


James Taylor, sales and marketing director, Vauxhall

The Big Test - Vauxhall Mokka-E - 2021 - What They Said - James Taylor, sales and marketing director, Vauxhall

Comparatively speaking

The Big Test - Vauxhall Mokka-E - 2021 - Comparatively Speaking Chart

Need to know

The Big Test - Vauxhall Mokka-E - 2021 - Need to Know Chart

Like/dislike

...and one we don't

The Big Test - Vauxhall Mokka-E - 2021 - And one thing we don't like - Small centre bin doesn’t offer much stowage at all, and the plastics used are pretty hard
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Small centre bin doesn’t offer much stowage at all, and the plastics used are pretty hard

Verdict

Verdict

DRIVE  7/10

The Stellantis electric powertrain used on a wide variety of Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall models isn’t the punchiest on the move. 

 

EFFICIENCY  7/10

Range is only a shade over 200 miles but from a 50kWh battery that’s not too bad.

 

PRACTICALITY  7/10

The boot really isn’t the largest, and interior space is a little on the cramped side, which is unsurprising given the compact footprint of a car with a sibling small crossover within the range – the recently revised Crossland.

 

EQUIPMENT  8/10

Kit levels are good, with the likes of adaptive cruise, various safety systems and rear camera standard on all Mokka-e models, and the top-spec SRi Nav adding a raft of technology and kit. 

 

LOOKS  10/10

Vauxhall has pretty much nailed the looks of the new Mokka, making it stand out in a good way.

COMFORT AND REFINEMENT  9/10

No complaints on the ride or handling front, given this is a modestly powered small crossover. Wind and road noise are low, given these can seem loud in an otherwise-silent EV.

 

CABIN  8/10

There are nice design and colour flashes that lift the cabin, especially in SRi spec. But harder materials are easy to find.

 

INFOTAINMENT  8/10

The double screen angled towards the driver is nice, and the system is sensible and user-friendly.

 

WHOLE-LIFE COSTS  8/10

Slightly behind the best rivals, but all the cost benefits of an EV.

 

CCT OPINION  9/10

Great looks, and a decent all-round proposition.

VERDICT 81%

New Mokka-e’s looks steal the headlines, but behind that is a decent all-rounder with good equipment levels, although it’s smaller than rivals so practicality suffers.

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