Opel Mokka-e (2021) in the test: more appearance than reality?

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The look is great. But what about the practical qualities?

Opel Mokka-e (2021) in the test: more appearance than reality?-2021

How expensive is it to choose green? Well, the future traffic light coalition in Germany will show that. At Opel it's exactly 595 euros. This is how much the "Matcha Green Metallic" color you see in the photos costs.

But that's not the only thing that makes the new Opel Mokka-e stand out out of the crowd. There is also a unique design including certain retro elements (Hello, Manta A!).

Can the content keep up with the packaging? To this end, we put the Mokka-e through its paces for around 1,200 kilometers. How does the electric SUV fare in everyday life? One thing is certain: the electric mocha is definitely an eye-catcher. But a relatively close eye-catcher, because the platform of the Corsa serves as the basis.

What is that?

Let's take a look at the dimensions of the Mokka-e in detail: a length of 4.15 meters reveals the proximity to the small car, but the width of 1.79 meters ensures a good sense of space in the front seats. At the rear, on the other hand, it becomes noticeably narrower around the legs despite the 2.56 meter wheelbase, and there are also narrow windows. Side effect: a rear view camera is strongly advisable. At least the trunk is manageable, its 310 to 1,060 liters are a healthy average, unfortunately a high loading sill bothers.

But back to the cockpit: Two 7-inch displays are standard here, only when "Multimedia Navi Pro" (1,435 euros) is selected, the touchscreen in the middle increases to 10 inches, and the driver then sees 12 inches. Either way, the workplace is clearly structured, a kind of "peaked cap" keeps the sun away from the driver's display. Operation is easy, also because Opel still donates classic rotary controls for air conditioning and volume.

How does he drive?

Speaking of volume: the electric motor with 100 kW / 136 hp and 260 Newton meters of maximum torque ensures a powerful, whisper-quiet drive from a standing start; With the 50 kWh battery, according to WLTP, up to 324 kilometers are possible without a charging stop. The driver can choose between the three driving levels Normal, Eco and Sport.

The 324 kilometers mentioned are a realistic figure. The display reported a range of 308 kilometers in Eco mode with a 92 percent charge, 280 in Sport mode and 296 in normal mode at 93 percent. In Eco mode, performance and thermal comfort are limited, a top speed of 150 km / h is then not possible. In city traffic, however, "Eco" helps to chase away fear of range.

What did we notice about the time in Mokka-e? My opinion: A very harmonious car, only the large wheels (18 inches for 400 euros extra) reduce the comfort. The standard 17-inch GS-Line is sufficient here, even if it loses the look a little.

My colleague saw it a little differently: He complained about the very soft suspension (the wife sometimes felt bad on faster country roads). At higher speeds you hardly have a feeling for the road holding, because you perceive the speed more slowly because of the lack of engine noise – but the steering is "too wobbly". I would put it more diplomatically: it doesn't provide much feedback.

The level of recuperation cannot be set, only "D" and "B" are on offer: When you "take your foot off the gas", it feels like a second passes before the Mocha-e begins to recuperate – that's what other e-vehicles are like used to be different. In this respect, this second has to be added for one-pedal driving in the head. But then the mocha-e recuperates significantly. That too is a matter of taste, not everyone likes a hard loss of speed when they take off the accelerator.

Opel Mokka-e (2021) in the test: more appearance than reality?-test

Consumption and Price

What about consumption and charging? Opel mentions 15.8 to 16.2 kWh per 100 km, we moved around 17 kWh on average. A still decent value, as well as the 30 minutes that the Mokka-e needs at a DC charging station with 100 kW to 80 percent.

The prices of the Opel Mokka-e start at 34,110 euros, the GS Line costs 38,580 euros and the extensive top equipment "Ultimate" even costs 41,220 euros. Even if 9,570 euros can be deducted: For almost 42,000 euros, you can get the basic Hyundai Ioniq 5 model (58 kWh) and the Tesla Model 3 (also 58 kWh).

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Conclusion:

The Opel Mokka-e looks chic and drives well, although not overly sporty. Comfort is his domain. In terms of space, the small car platform shines through, unfortunately, despite all the bonuses, the pricing is not at all small-car-like and measured in terms of the range quite lush.

Photo gallery: Opel Mokka-e (2021) in the test

Opel Mokka-e (2021) in the test: more appearance than reality?-mokka-e

Picture by: Fabian Grass

Opel Mokka-e (2021)

power 100 kW (136 PS), 57 kW (77 PS) (30-minute power)

Max. Torque 260 Nm

battery 50 kWh

Acceleration 0-100 km / h 9.2 sec.

Top speed 150 km / h (electronically limited)

length 4,151 mm

broad 1,791 mm

height 1,534 mm

Trunk volume 310 – 1,060 liters

Empty weight 1,598 kg

Payload 417 kg

Electric range up to 324 km (WLTP)

consumption 15.8 – 16.2 kWh / 100 km (WLTP)

Charging time 5:15 h (three-phase AC at 11 kW), approx. 30 min. (80 percent at approx. 100 kW DC)

Base price 34,110 euros

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