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Vauxhall Mokka 1.2 Turbo Hybrid 136 Griffin 5dr e-DCT6

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 57.6 mpg
  • 5 door suv
  • 109 g/km CO2
  • 109 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 57.6 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 8.4 secs 0 to 60 mph
  • 136 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

If you're undecided between old tech combustion power or a full-EV powertrain for your Vauxhall Mokka, this 48V Hybrid version could be an ideal compromise. It's more usable and much cheaper than the electric version, but still electrified enough for the current zeitgeist.

Background

As EV orders stall, there's an increasing impetus on mainstream brands to step up their availability of Hybrid technology; proper self-charging Hybrid technology where the battery can actually occasionally power the car on its own, rather than the more ineffectual mild hybrid sort. Given that market outlook, the Stellantis Group conglomerate must be grateful it has its 48V Hybrid powertrain: it would actually be easier to list the models this isn't now fitted to across the group. Here's another, Vauxhall's Mokka Hybrid. You can't plug it in, but if all you need the car for is suburban journeys, it'll still use its battery for up to half the time. Do you really need to switch to an EV just yet? Cars like this really pose that question.

Driving Experience

Two versions of this 48V Hybrid powertrain are in use across the Vauxhall range; this Mokka uses the more powerful 136hp variant of this 1.2-litre three cylinder turbocharged petrol unit. It produces peak power of 136hp at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 230Nm is available at 1,750rpm. The engine is coupled to an electrified six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission (e-DCT6) designed specifically for use in Hybrid powertrains. A permanent magnet synchronous electric motor is integrated into the gearbox and produces peak power of 21kW (28hp) and maximum torque of 55Nm. In everyday driving over a mixture of city streets, country roads and motorways, the petrol engine and electric motor operate together or separately to optimise energy consumption and performance. This powertrain is particularly effective in city traffic - the electric motor allowing the Mokka Hybrid to be driven short distances (up to just under a mile) on electric power alone under low torque requirements (for instance when manoeuvring or at under 18mph in urban traffic). The e-motor also assists the petrol engine by delivering extra torque under acceleration, such as when launching from a standstill. This benefits driving dynamics and CO2 savings and contributes to a 0-62mph time of 9.1 seconds - 0.1 seconds faster than the equivalent petrol model. During deceleration, the petrol engine stops and the e-motor acts as a generator to recharge the hybrid system's 48V battery. The battery also stores the energy recuperated by the regenerative braking system. The more affordable 100PS variant of this Hybrid unit that Vauxhall offers in the Corsa supermini isn't available in this SUV.

Design and Build

Apart from the badging, there aren't any significant visual differences with this Hybrid Mokka. Like all versions of this model, the front end features the so-called 'Vauxhall Vizor' look made up of bold nose treatment featuring ultra-slim LED daytime running lights and prominent badgework. Behind the wheel, there are no conventional gauges: just a choice of twin screen layouts. The base model has a Multimedia Pure Panel system with a 7-inch colour touchscreen and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster. The two top variants replace this with a Multimedia Pure Panel Navigation system, which gives you a 10-inch colour touchscreen and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Both layouts use that 'Pure Panel' design to make the two screens look like one long display. Everything else is quite sophisticated too, particularly in terms of switchgear and trimming - the shiny piano black lower centre console finishing for instance and the smart white double stitching on the doors. Plus despite the sporty exterior looks, there a proper, slightly raised SUV seating position, giving the more commanding feel that crossover customers like. Plus there's reasonable cabin storage space and most of the connectivity features you'll want. Space in the back isn't particularly generous - though it's much better of course, than you'd get in a Corsa. The 350-litre boot is 40-litres bigger than you'd get in the Mokka Electric.

Market and Model

Prices for this Hybrid e-DCT6 model start at just under £25,500 for base 'Griffin' trim. You'll need around £31,000 for the mid-range 'GS' version and around £34,000 for the top 'Ultimate' variant. If you're comparing against an equivalent conventional 1.2-litre 130PS auto variant, there's a price premium of just £700 or so to get the Hybrid. And this Hybrid will save you around £4,000 over the Mokka Electric model. All versions come pretty well equipped. Even base 'Griffin' trim comes with 17-inch silver alloy wheels, a black roof, dark tinted rear windows, rear parking sensors, a panoramic rear view camera, LED headlights and taillights and high beam assist. Inside there are 7-inch screens for the infotainment and the instruments courtesy of the Multimedia Pure Panel system. Plus air conditioning, an automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror, cruise control with an intelligent speed limiter, heated front seats and a movable boot floor. Safety kit includes Lane departure warning with Lane keep assist, extended traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness alert, forward collision alert at low speeds and enhanced automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Mid-range 'GS' trim upgrade your screens to 10-inches for the infotainment and 12-inches for the instruments, plus adds satellite navigation, an alarm, electronic climate control, a red upper window moulding and rain-sensitive wipers. Top 'Ultimate' spec gets into 'IntelliLux' LED matrix headlights, alcantara upholstery, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control and a driver's seat massage function.

Cost of Ownership

Are the efficiency improvements promised by this petrol/electric derivative large enough to justify its price premium? Well the technology sounds quite promising, incorporating a variable geometry turbocharger, variable valve timing and a belt-driven starter that combines with the e-motor to start the petrol engine from cold - and also restarts the engine quickly and seamlessly while driving. So what's the end result? Well the Mokka Hybrid manages up to 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 109g/km of CO2 - a useful improvement over the conventional engine, very close to the stats of the class-leading Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid and virtually the same as the figures delivered by the Vauxhall Corsa Hybrid supermini we reviewed recently. For some reason though, those figures are 5mpg and 7g/km down on a rival Peugeot 2008 with exactly the same engine. These improved returns are enough to allow the 2008 Hybrid 136 e-DSC6 model to usefully reduce the normal version's BiK tax rating down to 26% - the ordinary 1.2 Turbo models are usually rated at between 30-31% depending on variant. But of course that's nothing like as good a tax return as you'd get from the Mokka Electric model Vauxhall really wants to sell you, which like all EVs, is BiK-rated at just 2% - until 2025 anyway. Insurance groups for this Hybrid vary from 22E to 23E.

Summary

Choosing a fashionable little SUV is a very personal thing, but if you happen to be sold on the look and feel of a Mokka, then we'd recommend you try that car in this Hybrid form first. There's a vast price saving over the EV version and you do without all that full-battery model's hassles of range and charging. While still being able to conduct much of your urban journeying in electrified silence. We can't help thinking though, that if you're set on a Vauxhall of this size, an Astra Sports Tourer or Frontera with exactly the same engine might be a more a versatile solution for your needs. But if a Mokka it has to be, then this one makes a lot of sense.

  • Emergency services call system
  • Start/stop system
  • 6 speakers
  • AM/FM stereo radio with 36 station presets
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Flexible Roof Mounted Radio Aerial
  • Front USB connection
  • Mobile phone portal - bluetooth connect, vehicle microphone, handsfree calls, SMS read out and reply, phone book access
  • Multimedia with 7" touchscreen
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Black roof
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Body colour skid plates
  • Body coloured front and rear bumper inserts
  • Chrome effect Griffin logo and black vizor frame
  • Chrome effect upper window moulding
  • Integrated black tailgate spoiler
  • Rear side wing doors
  • 12V Accessory socket
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed leather effect steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
  • Centre console with two cup holders at front and one in rear
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Door pockets with two litre capacity
  • Four load restraint lashing eyes
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Grey headliner
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Interior tailgate handle
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Movable boot floor
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Steering wheel mounted paddle shift
  • Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
  • 2x Isofix child seat fitting on outer rear seats
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Child proof locks on rear doors
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • Driver and front passenger airbags, front seat side impact airbags, full size curtain airbags
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • Engine deadlock immobiliser
  • Freewheeling door locks
  • Key left in ignition audible warning
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 109
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1199
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 57.6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Based On ID: 105774
  • Coin Description: Turbo Hybrid 136
  • Coin Series: Griffin
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23D
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 73
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 58
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 64
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 72
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 62500
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): 8.4
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Height: 1531
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4151
  • Wheelbase: 2561
  • Width: 1791
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1750
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1105
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • Max. Loading Weight: 463
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 620
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1287
  • No. of Seats: 5