The Opel Mokka-e at a glance
The Opel Mokka was always popular
The Opel Mokka is in great footsteps, its predecessor was popular and accordingly sold well. In order to raise the bar for their own demands even higher, the Rüsselsheim company also wants to achieve significant E-unit numbers with the successor. Is the newcomer up to the task?
Visually in any case. The design team around Mark Adams has adopted many elements of the GT experimental study and with the new Opel Mokka has put a really nice car on the wheels. The quotes from the past seem relaxed and intelligently transport the spirit of the brand into the present.
Visually clearly a Rüsselsheimer
Perhaps the most important thing: you immediately perceive the Mokka as an Opel. And that wasn’t always a compliment in the past. The focused gaze of the Manta, the black hood of the Rallye-Kadett and a powerful Coke-Bottle body like the GT. In addition, there are mighty wheel dimensions, tight overhangs and a flat crouched crossover roof.
By the way, there are various colors on the roof on request, the decorative elements can also be optioned in high-gloss black and even for the rims there is a lot of customization in the accessories. Here Opel adopts the success strategy that was devised with the Adam.
In the interior, the disadvantages of a small crossover become apparent
The bodywork design fireworks come at a price, however. Because the waisted side line costs valuable space in the interior. In general, reality quickly catches up with you inside. The Opel Mokka-e (combined power consumption: 18.0-17.4 kWh / 100km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km²) looks fully grown from the outside, but remains a small car inside. It tweaks when you get into the first row. The sill is wide and high, and entry is not without a hurdle, especially for older people. It is also difficult to find a proper seating position, although the seating itself is comfortable in typical Opel fashion and suitable for long journeys.
At the back, the problems become more acute. The entry is even narrower and the footwell is really tight. Four adults can only find room in a mutual compromise. Even with a child seat mounted in the back, the little ones scratch the front seat immediately.
Not a space miracle, but at least a driving pleasure?
But it’s not just the children who scrape, the bikes also have a hard time maintaining their composure. Because thanks to the seamlessly adjacent 260 Newton meters of the electric motor, you can always get off to a flying start at the traffic lights. The brisk waving through the city is certainly the parade discipline of the Matcha-green Opel Mokka-e. The 100 kW / 136 hp drive, which, like its French colleagues, is based on the CMP platform, is alive and well and allows the small crossover to hit every gap with precision.
This goes well with the good recuperation performance on gear stage B, which makes the brake pedal almost obsolete and gives you the good feeling of shoveling the kinetic energy back into the battery at all times. In the city, the electric Opel also shines with its low consumption. In the summer average, despite extensive use of the climate, which, by the way, cools remarkably well, we easily achieved values of 15 kWh per 100 kilometers and thus even undercut the factory specification.
Unfortunately, things look different with a more dynamic driving style. And that applies to both fuel consumption and driving behavior. The Opel Mokka-e treats itself to around 25 kilowatt hours on the autobahn, if it goes along the recommended speed. The overland range in summer drops to just 200 kilometers, while in the city you usually get the 300 mark within reach.
The suspension set-up is a bit contrary to the fast driving style
The Opel Mokka-e is therefore actually more at home in the city than in the open countryside. If you throw it too hard around the bend, you will also reap surprising side slopes and a slightly underdamped chassis. This is where the high curb weight of just under 1.6 tonnes shines through, with a large proportion attributable to the 50 kWh gross battery.
While his combustion colleagues easily weigh 300 kilograms less and wag around the radii accordingly, the electric mocha always seems a bit strained. We don’t even refer to the operating forces, because the steering in particular feels well weighted in the various driving modes. However, if you listen into the car, you will quickly notice that the Mokka-e does not really suit the fast country trip and that you run over it quickly.
The Opel Mokka-e is a lifestyle cruiser for everyday life without ambitions for bigger things. If you are looking for a cool car that is supposed to transport friends and family on short trips from time to time, but otherwise mainly used alone, this is the right place for you. He does the daily commuting tasks playfully and very efficiently, so that there is actually no further reason for criticism. If it weren’t for the price in the end. Before the subsidy is deducted from 34,110 euros, the Opel Mokka-e starts in the price list, the Ultimate Edition with a few extras quickly reaches well over 40,000 euros. A proud price for a small car that quickly brings the joy of electromobility to an end. (Text and image: Fabian Mechtel)