The Vauxhall Mokka-e is an all-electric version of the new Mokka, it has more character and it’s better to drive than the previous generation model, and it has a 201 mile electric range.
Vauxhall became part of the PSA Group in 2017, which in January 2021 became Stellantis, formed from the merger of the PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. This means that Vauxhall now has access to the technology of Peugeot and Citroen, including electric powertrains. This has enabled Vauxhall to progress in the electric car market faster than it would have been able to do otherwise. We’ve already had the all-electric Corsa-e, and now we have the Mokka-e. So should you consider it?
The Vauxhall Mokka-e is officially classed as a ‘B-SUV’. Vehicles such as the Range Rover Sport are more typically seen as SUVs, so we’re never quite sure why a front-wheel drive supermini with a slightly raised suspension is also classed as an SUV, but who are we to question such things.
The new Mokka’s styling certainly turns heads more than the old model, and this was helped by the new ‘Mamba Green’ paint colour of our test car. The new design is more aerodynamic than the previous model, which cuts drag by up to 16% at motorway speeds.
Inside there’s a new ‘Pure Panel’ digital instrument display, containing both the digital instrument panel and the central touchscreen. All Mokka models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. It’s also reasonably practical, with a 310-litre boot.
The Mokka-e has a 50kWh lithium-ion battery and a 100kW electric motor, with front-wheel drive.
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The Mokka-e is all-electric, so it’s better to drive than a petrol or diesel car. As with all electric cars, you drive off in silence, with instantly available torque, which delivers responsive and smooth acceleration. There’s no clutch or gears, the steering is sharp – which helps the driving experience, the ride is comfortable, and the handling is fun, helped by the battery sitting low in the car (despite the car sitting higher than a supermini). The Mokka-e is front-wheel drive, so lots of torque plus wet roads may lead to some issues with grip levels, but this wasn’t a problem with our test drive on warm, dry roads.
There are three drive modes: Eco (power and torque are limited to 60kW and 180Nm); Normal (power and torque are limited to 80kW and 220Nm); and Sport (full power and torque – 100kW and 260Nm). Performance in Sport mode is good.
There’s the very small gear selector that is typically found in other latest Vauxhall and Citroen models, with the option of the ‘B’ setting for increased brake regeneration.
The dashboard is relatively simple, but functional; it lacks the high-tech visual feel of the Peugeot e-2008. You also get a normal size steering wheel in the Mokka compared to the small wheel in the e-2008. One good point is the easy ability to switch off the lane departure warning system with a press of a single button near the gear selector.
The satnav system doesn’t have the high quality mapping graphics of some other brands; the map looks like someone has sketched it out in pencil, and it doesn’t display many place names.
When you’re driving you’re conscious of the ridge down the centre of the bonnet – yes, like the old Vauxhall Viva – adding a bit more personality to the car.
The Vauxhall Mokka-e has an official electric driving range of up to 201 miles. We weren’t able to test this on the launch event, but when we got in the car it was displaying a 190 mile range with a battery that was 99% charged.
The Mokka-e supports up to 100kW rapid charging, when an 80% charge could take just 30 minutes. Using a 50kW rapid charger an 80% charge should take 45 minutes.
The car has an on-board 11kW charger. Using a domestic 7kW wallbox, a 0-100% charge should take 7 hours 30 minutes, while a full charge using a 22kW public charger should take just over 5 hours.
The Vauxhall Mokka-e is available in the following trim levels: SE Nav Premium (£30,540), SRi Nav Premium (£32,435), Elite Nav Premium (£32,080) and Launch Edition (£32,495) (prices after the government plug-in car grant). For comparison, the Mokka-e is available with a petrol engine from £20,735 to £29,685.
Running costs of the Mokka-e could be just one-fifth of the costs of a petrol Mokka. And if the Mokka-e is bought as a company car, there’s just 1% Benefit in Kind company car tax for 2021/22.
The lithium-ion battery has an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
The Vauxhall Mokka-e is good to drive – better than petrol or diesel cars. With just one powertrain rather than switching between two, it’s also better to drive than the plug-in hybrid press car that was driven to the Mokka launch event. Critically, it’s much better to drive than the previous generation Mokka.
The new Mokka also has more exterior visual character than the last model (helped by the green colour of our test car). Although there’s nothing wrong with the interior, it does look somewhat basic next to a Peugeot e-2008.
The Mokka-e, along with the Corsa-e, shows that Vauxhall now offers some very good cars (even though the platform is shared with other brands in the Group such as Peugeot) and it gains a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.