Opel Mokka – Review

The Opel Mokka is Opels compact SUV. The styling on the Mokka has always been quite desirable but until now it has been paired to a rather “old fashioned” 1.7 diesel unit. Opel has now fitted its 1.6 CDTi “whisper quiet” diesel so we took ownership of it for the week to put it through its paces. Don’t let its cute looks make you think its not up to the job, the Mokka is a very capable car.

A Few Facts:
Model Tested: Opel Mokka SE
Engine: 1.6 diesel  – 136hp and 320Nm
Transmission: Manual, front wheel drive
Price: The Mokka range starts from €20,995, with the SE starting from €27,745. As tested – €30,561.

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The looks haven’t changed over the previous model. We like the cute, cheerful look of the Mokka. Our test car was finished in Carbon Flash, which was a pain to keep clean! The SE comes standard with 18 inch alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlights and front fogs to spruce up the look of the Mokka.

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On the inside, the interior quality is pretty good. We were impressed with the overall finish. The cheap scratchy plastics, like the ones that covered the cabin of the Corsa OPC we had driven a couple of weeks earlier, are replaced with soft touch, leather effect on top half of the doors and the dashboard.

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Thanks to Mokkas low boot lip, the boot is easily accessible. It is also a decent size at 362 litres with the seats up and 1372l with the seats fully folded away. It has the biggest boot out of its closest competitors, but only just. The Nissan Juke has 352l and the Peugeot 2008 has 360l.

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DSC_0024Up front, the cabin storage is plentiful. With storage for bottles and books in all the doors and two cup holders in the rear arm rest and two cup holders up the front, passengers will struggle not find somewhere for everything. There are even two glove boxes, one small enough for a tablet or phone and one big enough for the usual travel essentials.

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While the Mokka won’t win any awards for its handling or speed, it is certainly no slouch. The 136hp and 320Nm diesel engine does not leave the driver wanting more. Although named a “whisper quiet” diesel, we found this not to be the case. At both low and high speeds, the 1.6 unit is a tad noisy. We weren’t the only ones that thought this either as some passengers we had in the car were quick to point out the noisiness too. Though putting this aside, the Mokka is a nice place to be. The driving position is comfortable and there is good visibility. The Mokka is also a very comfy car for those long motorway journeys. Taking the Mokka down a county lane is not to be dreaded either, it soaked up the pothole riddled roads pretty well.

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The Mokka in SE trim comes fairly well equipped. As standard are Bi-Xenon Headlights, Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, front and rear parking sensors, leather seats, Bluetooth, USBDSC_0025 and iPod connection and Dual-zone Electronic Climate Control, to name but a few features. Optional extras on our test car included Two Coat Metallic Paint (€550), Adaptive Forward Lighting (€1016) and Navi 950 Intellink (€1250). Navi 950 Intellink is the Sat Nav system in the Mokka. It is a very old fashioned system. Controlled by buttons and a dial, rather than a touch screen, trying to spell streets or finding an address can a be a chore. But once you have found it, the system works just fine.

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The running costs on the Mokka are reasonable. Road tax for the year is just €200 thanks to its low CO2 emissions of 114g/km. Throughout the week, we averaged a reasonable 5.8l/100km but saw as low as 4.8l/100km at one stage too. Opel reckons drivers can achieve a combined figure of 4.3l/100km.

Onto the price. The starting price of the Mokka is €20,995. This is compared to €19,290 for the Peugeot 2008 and €19,995 for the Nissan Juke. The SE (our test car) and SRi trim levels start at €27,745. It is available in both front wheel drive and four wheel drive.

Overall, Opel is serious about the Mokka. Since its launch in 2012, the Mokka has sold very well. How do we know? Because they are EVERYWHERE! If you are in the market for a crossover, it will certainly tick lots of boxes and should not be over looked, even if it is that little bit more expensive than its competitors.

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