For its second electric car after the Corsa-e, Opel is opting this time for an SUV format which is on the rise. We were able to test this new Opel Mokka e in the Paris region. Balance sheet.
Like others, Opel continues its transformation to electric. The German manufacturer, which was acquired by Groupe PSA in 2017, announces no less than nine electrified models by the end of 2021. B-segment models with theOpel Corsa-e and theOpel Mokka-e which interests us today, but also the successor of the Astra, the Combo-e Life, without forgetting the Grandland X plug-in hybrid and Zafira-e Life side SUV C and MPV D. Models to which we must also add the utility range which should include three vehicles in the coming months: the Combo-e, the Vivaro-e and the successor of Movano. Finally, Opel announces that all its ranges will be either 100% electric or hybrid by 2024.
An Opel Mokka-e that looks like a concept car
Spring therefore parks the launch of the marketing of the new version of one of the brand’s bestsellers, theOpel Mokka. Launched in 2012, the one that was the very first imported SUV at the time has sold more than a million copies. A fine performance that the 2020 model will endeavor to reproduce. To do this, it inaugurates its share of novelties, whether it is its very successful design, or its engines.
Simplification is now the key word, not without borrowing many design elements from the futuristic concept GT X Experimental.
The Opel Mokka-e is thus adorned with a ribbed hood, or the new look that we will now find on the other models of the brand. Inspired by the Opel Manta, the Opel Vizor grille forms a characteristic visual element with a chrome ring which integrates the two Full LED light units, and the logo which is entitled to a new treatment. The whole gives a very contemporary look to the car which also benefits from very successful colors, in particular in its black color embellished with a black bonnet. Opel is also fully playing the card of personalization, whether it’s the bonnet in the color of your choice, or the selection of rims which also feature a few touches of color.
A cleaner interior
The interior of the Opel Mokka-e also gets the same treatment, with a design that is again as clean as possible. What the brand at the Blitz describes as Visual Detox. This revolves around the Pure Panel which is made up of two screens which, when turned off, seem to form one and the same block.
Facing the driver, the Opel Mokka-e’s infotainment screen takes the form of a standard ten inch diagonal slab with the highest-end Ultimate finish, and seven inches where applicable. The instrumentation is grouped together in a screen located behind the steering wheel with a generous 12 inch diagonal. We are therefore far from the tiny screen displayed by other yet larger electric SUVs, such as the Volkswagen ID.4 or the Skoda Enyaq iV for example. Without even talking about the future Tesla Model Y which is satisfied with a single central 15-inch screen.
Full, the Opel Mokka-e instrument cluster displays different screens depending on the driver’s needs. Speed, remaining range in percentage, power, number of kilometers traveled, current speed limit, chosen driving mode or even navigation and driving aids, everything is available at a glance. And all the more so since the interface has also followed the concept of Visual Detox so as not to distract the driver with a plethora of information.
The infotainment screen is no exception, even if it can give the impression of being a little poor. While the Volkswagen Group has opted for an extremely rich interface, even if it means completely losing the user in the maze of functions, Opel plays the card of extreme simplification. Anyway, nothing is missing, and the manufacturer has even thought of offering a point of support under the screen to put the wrist.
Good point in the interior of the Opel Mokka-e, the buttons have not completely disappeared either, with a few handy direct access keys located under the wrist rest. They allow one-click access to vehicle audio, telephony functions, energy management, applications, or even navigation.
The latter, however, is not at the level of a vehicle that wants to be as modern as the Opel Mokka-e. A bit as if the German manufacturer had forgotten this element which is nevertheless essential nowadays. Indeed, the card that is displayed on the infotainment screen appears to be dated, and far from current standards. Which is all the more strange as the navigation reminder at the level of the instrumentation is much more aesthetically successful. Anyway, rest assured, Opel also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But only in wired version for the moment. To do this, a USB type A port is integrated in the storage compartment of the central console, as is a Qi standard wireless charging stand.
All of these systems proved to be perfectly responsive during our test.. Only regret, Apple CarPlay does not take advantage of the full width of the Opel Mokka-e infotainment screen. It should therefore display rather thick black edges. On this point, Skoda and Volkswagen are clearly doing better with the Enyaq iV and ID.4 respectively.
During our journey of nearly two hours, we found nothing to fault with the Opel Mokka-e’s seating which is as comfortable as it is visually appealing. Roominess is decent in the front seats, but the rear seats are worse off as can be seen in the photo below. Provided the front seat is not set back too far, the rear passenger will have adequate knee room. On the other hand, the cutout of the doors limits visibility, even if the headroom is correct.
On the other hand, compact SUV requires, the boot of the Opel Mokka-e is really very fair with its 310 liters (expandable up to 1200 liters). Conversely, the glove box is so deep that you can actually put your legs in it. The proof in photo once again.
A known platform
Unsurprisingly, Opel opted for the CMP (Common Modular Platform) to develop its Mokka-e. The same one on which the Peugeot e-2008 and other DS 3 Crossback E-Tense from Groupe PSA are based. And why the car is also available in electric, petrol or diesel to choose from.
Produced in Poissy in the Yvelines, the Opel Mokka-e is equipped with a synchronous electric motor with a power of 100 kW, i.e. approximately 136 hp. It delivers 260 Nm with a 0 to 100 km / h in 9.1 seconds. In addition, Opel announces a maximum speed of 150 km / h and a range of 324 km following the WLTP cycle. Even more depending on the conditions and driving style. The range calculator which is available on the Opel website thus displays 187 km in the worst case, and 379 km at best.
To do this, the Opel Mokka-e takes a battery with a capacity of 50 kWh, with a useful capacity of 46 kWh. Our test took place in the Chevreuse valley, with two people on board, without any luggage and with an ambient temperature of 15 ° C. We found a reasonable consumption of 15.3 kWh per 100 km approximately. But it should be noted that our route consisted mainly of secondary roads negotiated at very moderate speed, with some rare sections of motorway.
We made little use of the heating, which in the process is provided by a heat pump to save energy. A longer test will allow us to go further in all senses of the word, in particular to assess the impact of faster driving on the motorway. The Achilles heel of most electric cars, especially SUVs. Even if the manufacturer announces an air penetration rate (Cx) of 0.32 against 0.35 on the previous generation thermal model. What offer 16% less resistance to penetration into the air at a speed of 130 km / h. A word also on the insulation against rolling noise of the car which is relatively effective..
Three driving modes for the Opel Mokka-e
Fun to drive and offering sufficient power without being a thunderbolt, the Opel Mokka-e has three driving modes like the Opel Corsa-e: Eco, Normal and Sport. These are easily accessible using a dedicated button which is located on the center console. Each mode will modify the power of the engine, the torque, the reaction to the pedal which will be more or less sensitive, and finally the direction which will be more or less firm.
The Eco mode delivers 60 kW with a torque of 180 Nm. The Normal mode changes to 80 kW and 220 Nm. Finally, the Sport mode makes it possible to have 100 kW of the electric motor, with the maximum torque of 260 Nm. trial, we favored the Eco mode which was perfectly suited to urban driving. Note that the Opel Mokka-e also benefits from a braking energy recovery system, which allows one-pedal driving, without coming to a complete stop.
100 km of range recovered in 12 minutes of charging
The Opel Mokka-e is fitted as standard with a 7.4 kW single-phase on-board charger. Sufficient to recharge at home using a mains socket, a reinforced socket or a 7.4 kW Wallbox. A three-phase 11 kW charger is also available as an option on certain versions. It allows you to recover 100 km of autonomy in 90 minutes of charging.
IF you charge the Opel Mokka-e at a 50 kW fast charging station, the manufacturer announces 100 km recovered in 19 minutes, and even only 12 minutes on a 100 kW charger. However, as we did not need to recharge during our test, we were unable to carry out our own measurements. Here again, a test on a longer course will allow us to know more.
Driving aids galore
In terms of driving aids, Opel has chosen to offer everything that is currently available in the segment. The Opel Mokka-e is notably equipped with the adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, and some recognition of road signs. However, these two systems do not work together: in the event of a gear change, the value is displayed on the instrumentation, but the vehicle does not automatically adapt its speed accordingly.
Other ADAS (driving aids) are offered such as the intelligent speed limiter, the driver’s vigilance detector, the collision warning which is capable of detecting vehicles, but also pedestrians. The list goes on with parking assistance systems such as the 180 ° panoramic reversing camera, as well as lane correction and lane keeping assistance.
What is the price of the Opel Mokka-e?
Marketed from 36,100 euros, the Opel Mokka-e is therefore eligible for the maximum ecological bonus. As a reminder, this will drop from 7,000 to 6,000 euros on July 1, 2021, except for orders placed before that date, and if the vehicle is delivered before September 30, 2021.
This call price corresponds to the Basic Edition version, the best-equipped Ultimate version being offered from 42,050 euros. It will still be necessary to keep a light hand on the options that can change the situation in relation to the ecological bonus: leather upholstery at 1,600 euros, metallic paint at 550 euros, or even the so practical three-phase onboard charger of 11 kW are sufficient. to exceed the ceiling of 45,000 euros.
What finishes and what options for the Opel Mokka-e?
Like the thermal versions, the Opel Mokka-e range is available in five trim levels : Edition, Elegance, Elegance Business, GS Line and Ultimate. Basic, the Opel Mokka-e Edition Features include the Opel Vizor grille with chrome surround, 16-inch alloy rims, LED front and rear headlights, mono-zone automatic air conditioning, keyless start, improved panel recognition, lane keeping and hill start assist, as well as the seven-inch touch screen.
For 1,650 euros more, Elegance finish swap the 16-inch rims for 17-inch two-tone silver and black. It adds, among other things, the front fog lights, Alcantara mixed upholstery, the 180 ° panoramic reversing camera with rear parking aids, six speakers instead of four and support for Apple CarPlay and Android. Auto.
Elegance Business will cost you 1,300 euros more than the Elegance finish, so you can benefit from keyless entry and start, connected navigation, and the Opel Connect module.
It is also possible to switch directly from the Basic Edition finish to the GS Line, for 3,050 euros. The Opel Mokka-e then puts on 18-inch tricolor rims and adopts a mixed black and red sports upholstery. Another change, the rear windows are darkened and several driving aids are integrated such as the 180 ° panoramic reversing camera, the anti-collision system with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as adaptive cruise control until stationary .
Finally, the Opel Mokka-e Ultimate is the most complete version, but requires an extension of 3000 euros compared to the Elegance Business version. The car then benefits from the Matrix LED headlights which allow driving in full headlight without dazzling the vehicles in front of you. The upholstery is entirely adorned with Alcantara, while the front seats and steering wheel are heated. A very practical option on an electric vehicle, especially when the battery level is low and the aim is to save energy by turning off the heating. All the driving aids that are offered in the lower trim levels are of course integrated, with the addition of front and rear parking assistance. For its part, the Opel Pure Panel offers a 12-inch color screen for instrumentation, and a 10-inch touch screen.
There are other options available to customize your Opel Mokka-e. Signal green paint is offered otherwise count 550 euros for a black, gray, red or blue metallic paint. Leather upholstery is priced at 1,600 euros, while several packs are available to take advantage of assistance such as the reversing camera or parking assistance, on lower trim levels. Finally, note that the three-phase 11 kW on-board charger is offered for 900 euros. An option that can be very useful if you plan to charge your Opel Mokka-e in a good public without wasting too much time.