Impressions of the new Mokka-e: Opel’s future in sight

Impressions of the new Mokka-e: Opel's future in sight-future

He is the car for Opel. Not when it comes to the number of units, because the Corsa is unassailable in the lead. When it comes to image, however, the new Mokka is ahead. As a brand ambassador, so to speak. And of course especially the version that doesn’t just have the lightning bolt in the logo. It has become really chic she became the second generation – and pleasing close to the concept study GT X Experimental. At 4.15 meters, twelve centimeters shorter than the first series – but above all twelve centimeters flatter. In addition, strong shoulders and a sleek roof that seems to be floating. No comparison with the almost as high as wide silhouette of the predecessor, including the sadly hanging rear lights. This mocha almost challenges looks.

First of all with the new face of the brand. As with a helmet, a protective visor – called “Vizor” – lies over the front part, into which the grille, LED lights and brand logo are integrated. This is strongly and deliberately reminiscent of the Opel Manta. A series to be precise. The one with the ray emblem on the fender – fox tail on the antenna only came with B.

The modern lines are continued in the interior. The “Pure Panel” combines two displays into a digital cockpit in widescreen format and yet does not appear overloaded at any point. How nice that Opel has resisted the attached I-cockpit of the French Stellantis Zwillings Peugeot 2008. Also commendable: Important functions can be controlled via control buttons – without annoying descent into various submenus.

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As with the identically based Corsa, two petrol engines (100 and 130 hp), one diesel (110 hp) and the high-voltage variant ensure propulsion. With 136 hp, the Mokka-e is not only a nominal family powerhouse – it is also the most fun. Which is due to the e-typical acceleration, but above all to the carefully rudely tuned chassis. Maybe that’s what Opel boss Michael Lohscheller means when he talks about German virtues. The fact that the Mokka-e, despite the lower center of gravity and the up to 18-inch wheels, can’t be quite as crisp as the Spritis of the series is a gift. After all, almost 350 extra kilos have to be kept on the train. The steering, however, should feel less synthetic around the zero position.

At the front one sits opel-typically highest commod, but in second row, however, the design challenges victims. The space in itself is enough – the entry, however, gets plenty sporty between lifting your knees over high sills and humility in front of the roof edge. At 310 liters, the luggage compartment isn’t all that lavish, but it’s still only 40 liters smaller than in the piston competition. With the chairs folded down, the mocha swallows a good cubic meter.

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The acceptable fade is due to the battery hiding in the depths of the ground. Up to 324 kilometers (WLTP) are possible – and if you don’t succumb to the stimulus of acceleration too often, take inner-city curves and save on heating and air conditioning, its 50 kWh in everyday life come close to the laboratory value. Radius is primarily a matter of equanimity. Of course, the Mokka-e also does a speed of 150, but dynamics cost distance – old battery driver wisdom.

If you do not have so much in the foot, you can take the thing in hand: For switches to “Eco”, the electronics gives sufficient 82 hp free, at “normal” very neat 109 and in “Sport” position the full charge. You’re good at starting at traffic lights – and even combustion engines don’t do it in packs from nine seconds to 100 km/h.

The opposite is more sustainable: taking your foot off the pedal and generating electricity through recuperation. The degree can be selected in two stages, whereby “B” sucks a lot of propulsion, but still manages without a brake light. The Opel engineers did a good job of blending. The art of mixing borrowed from the distilling industry – in this case mechanical and electrical delay. And in such a way that the feeling always remains the same.

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But even with optimized aerodynamics, a smooth underbody and air curtains against turbulent wheels, the Mokka-e eventually runs out of juice. The basic version charges in one phase (7.4 kW), three phases (11 kW) require the “Elegance” equipment or cost 1190 euros extra. After all: 30 minutes on the 100 kW loader, 80 percent capacity in the battery press, on a wallbox you are tapping good five hours, at the home socket three times so long. Smart, but also 730 euros expensive: the universal set. In sports pockets size it offers every conceivable adapter. Samples for the still annoying variety of plug – but also the good feeling, e-mobility fails at least not on the plug.

Already from the factory, the Mochka-E pedestrian recognizes and traffic signs – and in an emergency he throws the anchor. Depending on the equipment, it stops distance, track and tempo, peeks in the dead angle, lights up by LED matrix, parking self-employed – and for eight years (up to 160 000 kilometers), Opel guarantees 70 percent of the battery capacity. That there is no four-wheel drive, it is more likely to come slightly, the rare trailer hitch in e-cars already harder.

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Let’s start at 19 990 euros for the rather Mau equipped base petrol engine, which costs diesel from 23 595 euros – and for the battery mocha Opel calls on 34 110 euros. Less state promotion remain there under the line but just 24 540 euros. With so little difference, the air in the combustion chamber slowly becomes thin. Sebastian also looked at the Mokka-e and looked at it from other points of view. If you are interested, please take a look at this article.

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