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Vauxhall's reinvented the Mokka SUV as a stylish electric car

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New price £33,840 - £37,970
Lease from new From £416 p/m View lease deals
Used price £24,490 - £30,965
Used monthly cost From £611 per month
Fuel Economy 3.5 - 3.6 miles/kWh
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PROS

  • Great looks inside and out
  • Competitive 200-plus mile range
  • A wide range of models to choose from

CONS

  • It's too early to say
  • We need to wait until 2021 to drive it

Vauxhall Mokka-e SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

It’s fair to say the outgoing Vauxhall Mokka X was far from our favourite mid-sized SUV, but the long-awaited 2021 model arrives to form a stylish two-pronged approach that reboots the franchise and offers buyers a genuine choice. The new Vauxhall pairing will the petrol/diesel version (note, it's not a Mokka X anymore) and for the first time, this all-electric version, called the Mokka-e.

For those in the market for an EV, the new Mokka-e is a fresh-looking new offering that joins the closely-related Peugeot e-2008, the MG ZS EV and the upcoming Volkswagen ID.4 in a surprisingly small line-up for compact electric SUVs. That situation is bound to change soon.

The Mokka-e is based on the Peugeot e-2008, but is entirely Vauxhall in design inside and out. It's an all-new look that, which takes a huge leap forward in terms of style and tech. Fear not, though, Mokka fans, because it also appears that the new car has retained (and in fact enhanced) the easy-to-use charm of the previous model. It’s also worth getting a good look at that front end and interior design – you can expect to see those replicated on subsequent Vauxhall models in time.

What's under the skin?

The Mokka-e is powered by a 136hp electric motor fed by a 50kWh battery pack, and boasts 260Nm of torque, It's the most powerful Mokka you can buy at present. Vauxhall says that total range is 201 miles, which is in the the pace of similarly-powered EV rivals. Top speed is limited to 93mph, although acceleration figures are yet to be announced – a time of around eight seconds is likely.

An 11kW on-board charger allows for both home wallbox and rapid charging. The batter pack can be recharged from zero to 80% in 30 minutes via the standard 100kW DC fast-charger.

Tweaked dimensions, boosted practicality

The new Mokka is based on PSA's Common Modular Platform, which is a bit of a mouthful and largely irrelevant to you as you won’t ever really see or touch it. What you will benefit from though is a lighter body than the old Mokka-X, as well as additional stiffness for a more agile drive.

Inside the car is bigger thanks to more millimetres between the axles (actually, only two of them) but overall the car is shorter for easier urban manoeuvres. Thankfully that’s not resulted in a (major) shrinking of the luggage space – at 310 litres the Mokka-e’s boot reflects the loss of the underfloor space, but it's not enough to warrant buying smaller suitcases.

Big tech enhancements

Vauxhall Mokka-e (2021) interior

Dominating the dashboard is Vauxhall’s clean-looking Pure Panel – made up of two widescreen displays (the driver’s measuring 10.0- or 12.0-inches) designed to show everything you need to see and nothing more. That decluttered look is mirrored in the centre console where an electronic parking brake and gear lever save space over their mechanical predecessors, and while physical controls remain for the air conditioning, it’s light on clutter inside.

Other breakthrough tech additions include adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist that work down to a stop, and LED matrix headlights that allow you to keep the high beams on without dazzling oncoming traffic. Wireless charging is supported and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature integrated voice control, plus VauxhallConnect with real-time traffic sat-nav is available built in.

What does the model range look like?

The Mokka-e available in four trim levels: SE Nav Premium, SRi Nav Premium, Elite Nav Premium and Launch Edition. They're all well equipped – with luxuries such as LED headlamps and the Pure Panel as standard. The Mokka-e range includes navigation across the board to make it easy to locate charging locations.

SE Nav Premium models come with 16-inch alloys, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, sat-nav and LED headlights as standard. SRi Nav Premium adds spory-lookingblack exterior detailing, plus a larger 10.0-inch touchscreen and 12.0-inch driver's display, along with rear parking sensors and camera.

Range-topping Elite Nav Premium add adaptive cruise control, heated seats and 17-inch alloys, while the Launch Edition model gets a leather interior and advanced parking assistance thrown in as well.

Read on to see whether we think the Vauxhall Mokka-e will be worth waiting for.

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