I’m all for safety kit. Airbags, stability control, tyre pressure monitoring and automatic emergency braking are all undeniably good things.
However, I’m less enamoured with safety kit that impinges on the day-to-day driving experience, which brings me to the Lane-positioning assistant in the Mokka-e. I can fully understand that a system designed to keep the car in its lane if the driver’s attention wanders is helpful, but the problem is that I live a long way from a motorway, along twisty country roads with few markings and lots of gravel.
The Mokka-e’s lane system switches on at the start of every journey, and when I’m driving along it sometimes tugs the steering aggressively to pull the car close to the verge, even if nothing’s coming the other way.
This is especially a problem because I was taught to take as straight a line as possible through corners, as long as you can see far enough ahead, because this is more efficient, economical and places less stress on the car, but as is the case with sibling Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot and DS products, the aggressiveness of the Mokka-e’s lane system actively counters this. Hence the fact that it is now the second button I press (after the start button) every time I get in the car, to disengage the system.
30 June 2021
I’m settling in to electrically powered life with the Vauxhall Mokka-e and I simply could not be happier. I love the way the car drives, with that unrelenting surge of power, and the refinement is staggering.
Better still, it does the humdrum things really well. For example, a recent weekend entailed a trip to Thorpe Park, then on to my better half’s place, where we assessed a DIY job. Then off to Wickes, back to Tracey’s, then off to Toolstation, back to Tracey’s, off to Toolstation again for a forgotten item, and back – you can see how it went.
Job done, we then returned to Thorpe Park, after which we did the 45 miles back to my place. All easily done on a charge, with 56 miles remaining at the end of the day. Range anxiety? Not here.
15 June 2021
The times, they are a changin’! Bob Dylan may have released that back in 1964 but it certainly holds true for the motoring world of today.
With the 2030 ban on new fossil-fuelled cars looming large, the world has got to move on, and at the moment, battery-powered electric vehicles are where the world is going. They certainly work for many people, mainly if you do short journeys and can charge at home or work, but what if you can’t charge at home, have no office to charge up at, and live 50 miles from your significant other?
Has public charging advanced to the extent that you really can live with an EV in such circumstances? Well, that’s what we’re going to find out.
Hence the fact I’m going to be running a new Vauxhall Mokka-e for the next few months.
It’s a car I’ve been looking forward to driving, and the initial impressions are certainly very good. The 100kW (136hp) electric motor certainly gives the car a decent amount of zip out of junctions, and cruising at 60 or 70mph on the motorway is utterly calm. Also, I knew that EVs are quiet, but the Mokka’s sheer refinement has taken me aback. It is fabulously quiet, and allows you to hear real detail from the sound system.
The official WLTP range is 201 miles, but it looks like closer to 160 miles is going to be realistic and comfortable. I’ve used the Zap-Map app to find rapid chargers nearby, and early indications are that they’re quick enough to mean that a charge from, say, 40% to 80% will take around 20 minutes, which is perfectly acceptable. Roll on the next few months!