The subcompact SUV segment is getting ever more popular, and Opel got here a formidable contender up its sleeve: its very cute looking Mokka. We drove it with the 1,4 litre petrol engine in its 140 hp turbo version, mated to an excellent automatic gearbox. It came also very well equipped. Read more about the pleasures of getting a taste of all this behind the wheel...
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Good looks and an aura of elegance...
The Mokka looks indeed quite pleasing from any angle, with dynamic upswinging body contours towards the rear, a characteristic Opel grille and rear treatment which is also unmistakably Opel. The proportions of the Mokka are well chosen, and amongst others, the wheel arches and the wheel size are "just right", conveying to the car a ruggedness which however stays in tune with an elegant mundane overall character, and without giving the car a too compact look.
Our test car was painted in a metallic 'Deep Espresso Brown'.
The same dynamic elegance is found in the interior, with excellent choice of materials and finishes. We especially loved the grained dashboard covering, accentuated by a brushed aluminium strip running all over the fascia.
The leather upholstery in the car was called 'Jasmin' with a colour scheme dubbed 'Saddle up/Cocoa'
The instruments are well set in their clusters, with contemporary yet elegant-classic lettering and dials. Well set in the line of vision, both the instruments and the navigation/media display on the centre console.
The display is very easy to read, offering a crisp image which is also very easy to read in broad sunshine, when one has the roof open for example. All the console controls are self explaining and intuitive to use, and the same can be said for the navigation system, which offers also excellent scaleability controls, which is a boon when you want to get a good 'larger picture' idea which part of a country or region you are driving or heading to.
A special word of praise must be said here about the seats. (see photo below) They are truly excellent, and we have not across some of this quality in this segment. They not only offer outstanding seating comfort, they also look very good and have a quality of finish and feel of solidity which make you realise immediately that they will last for years, and will not deteriorate in firmness and comfort. The seats are certified by the German specialists in backbone ergonomy and health, and the seat can be adjusted in not less than eight directions. The headrests can be adjusted in four(!)directions.
Our test car came well equipped with useful extras like adaptive forward lighting, inclusive with Bi-Xenon and led daylight lights.
The 950 Navi radio or media center includes Cd player and 7-inch colour screen, Usb connection and Bluetooth audio streaming, a rear view camera, and even sported steering wheel heating, making life aboard the Mokka an undisturbed pleasure.
The Mokka offers true driving fun. First of all, there is the willing and quite responsive engine. Almost inaudible and idle, it will rev quite freely and without any vibrations, offering lively pulling power also in the lower and mid rev range. In combination with the automatic gearbox, it revels on being driven with verve, where the transmission also chooses the gears very timely to keep the engine in the ideal working range according to the throttle position. Needless to say that the Mokka achieves very creditable performance figures with this 140 hp engine. 0 to 100 is achieved in 10,7 seconds, and top speed is a manufacturer quoted 191 km.
German engineering quality breathes through this Opel when it comes to absence of driveline vibrations, and mechanical refinement at high cruising speeds. This of course makes the Mokka an excellent long distance cruiser indeed.
The suspension is well damped, but not overly firm, and is well set up for good handling and agility, making the Mokka also fun to drive in this respect. Electronic stability control comes as standard equipment in the Mokka, and also are included Traction control TC, and Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control(HDC). The Mokka is available with optional AWD, and more about this when we test the AWD version.
Steering is also sensitive and precise, and driving curvy roads with the Mokka is a dynamic, and even outright sporting pleasure. The steering has electric power assistance, and is therefore speed sensitive.
Of course, good attention is paid to consumption, and this lively engine scores rather well in this respect. The manufacturer quotes an average consumption of 6,8 litre/10 km for the six speed automatic version which we drove. Our average consumption was indeed around the seven litre mark, where we have to admit that we drove the Mokka with verve during our test. Co2emissions are given by the manufacturer as 158 g/km.
As said, our test care came with the Adaptive Light System, and this adapts the light beam according to the type of road, incoming traffic, etc.
The Mokka is an elegant, well finished and pleasantly styled subcompact SUV, with an excellent ride, lively and smooth performance, offering genuine driving pleasure, last but not least thanks to its excellent chassis and lively engine and well adapted and smooth 6 speed automatic.
The car is quite practical, solidly built both inside and out, and offers decent fuel economy. It will continue to win the harts of many, offering last but not least good value for money.
Hans Knol ten Bensel