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Vauxhall Mokka 100kW Griffin 50kWh 5dr Auto

  • Automatic
  • Electric
  • 5 door suv
  • 9.2 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 136 bhp Engine power
  • 209 mi Combined range
  • 50 kWh Battery capacity
  • 8 yrs Battery warranty

Ten Second Review

In theory, Vauxhall's Mokka Electric ticks a lot of boxes. Small, fashionable SUVs are the market's primary growth area at present. And of course, everyone's talking about EVs. This one gets trendy looks, proven underpinnings and a drivetrain claiming up to 252 miles of range. It's the sort of electric model that ought to find a ready audience.

Background

Unlike some volume rivals who are tinkering around the edges of electrification with mild hybrid technology, Vauxhall is fully committed to the electric revolution. And we mean the full-electric revolution. We've already had the Corsa Electric supermini and EV versions of the Vauxhall Combo and Vivaro Life People Carriers. Here, we look at the Mokka Electric small SUV, which ought to be the brand's most important EV crossover yet. The looks and the cabin architecture (both a big step forward from previous Mokka models) are of course bespoke to Vauxhall but, at first glance at least, just about everything else here we've seen before. In the Corsa Electric and in the two Stellantis Group small crossover models that share this one's engineering, the Peugeot e-2008 and the DS 3 E-TENSE. The Griffin brand though, claims to have subtly evolved its version of this fashionable recipe. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

This car doesn't feel quite as urgent away from rest as its Corsa Electric showroom stablemate, but it's not slow; 62mph from rest takes 9.2s. It does share all the same mechanicals you'll find in that EV supermini though, including a choice of batteries. The standard Mokka Electric gets a 50kWh battery matched to a 136PS powertrain and offers a range of 209 miles. The alternative is a Long Range version equipped with the latest Stellantis 54kWh battery and a more efficient (and quieter) 156PS motor producing 260Nm of torque. This larger battery extends the range figure to 252 miles. Both variants feature the usual single-speed auto transmission you get with EVs. Like all Electric Vehicles, this one has a bit of a weight problem - that drivetrain adds over 300kgs of bulk, but that arguably helps the Mokka Electric when it comes to ride quality; you'll feel things like speed humps keenly but at speed on the open road, it handles tarmac tears a little better than its combustion cousins. You'll only get near the claimed range figures if you engage a rather restrictive 'Eco' drive setting that drops power output right down to 83PS. You certainly won't achieve anything like that kind of range if you get anywhere near this EV's quoted 93mph top speed. Or if you habitually drive your Mokka Electric in the 'Sport' setting that'll be necessary to release to full power outputs just mentioned. There's very light steering (which you'll need to get used to). And a button to increase brake regeneration (which will charge the battery as you brake or cruise and eke out that all-important driving range).

Design and Build

There aren't any significant visual changes marking this Mokka Electric apart from its fossil-fuelled showroom stablemates, so unless your neighbours spot the charging flap, the lack of an exhaust pipe or the special badging, you're going to be able to complete your switch into EV motoring without attracting any undue attention. This MK2 Mokka design certainly has more assertive front end treatment, highlighted by the so-called 'Vauxhall Visor' look, made up of bold nose treatment featuring ultra-slim LED daytime running lights. 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 Electric. The 310-litre boot is 40-litres smaller than you'd get in a petrol Mokka.

Market and Model

This car costs around £30,000 in base 'Griffin' trim, around £39,000 in sportier 'GS' spec or from just over £41,000 in 'Ultimate' (plush trim) form. For reference, you're looking at needing to find a premium of around £4,000 for one of these over an equivalently specified 1.2-litre Hybrid automatic petrol model. The Long Range EV version costs around £1,000 more across the 'GS' and 'Ultimate' trim levels. All Mokka Electric variants get 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with high beam assist, LED tail lights and auto headlamps and wipers. Inside, through the flat bottomed leather-covered steering wheel, you view a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, plus there's an automatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror and electronic climate control. You also get rear parking distance sensors, a Panoramic rear-view camera and an ultrasonic security alarm system. Infotainment is taken care of by a Multimedia Navi system with a 10-inch screen incorporating satellite navigation, a 6-speaker DAB audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. There's also a contrast-coloured roof, climate control and heat for the steering wheel and seats. Safety kit fitted as standard across the range includes Forward collision alert, Automatic emergency city braking, Driver drowsiness alert, Speed sign recognition and Lane departure warning with lane keep assist. There's also cruise control with speed limiter.

Cost of Ownership

We mentioned earlier that the Mokka Electric will cover a 209 mile WLTP-rated range with the base 50kWh battery - or up to 252 miles with the Long Range 54kWh battery. Both powertrains can support most domestic charging standards, as well as most commercially offered DC rapid charging systems. This car has support for up to 3-phase 11kW charging in AC mode for home use: and 100kW DC capability is standard, allowing the car to be replenished at a public charging point to over 80% capacity in under half an hour. Most owners though, will stick with the standard 7.4kW package and use a 7kW wallbox installed in their garage to complete a full charge from empty in seven and-a-half hours. Unlike some other brands, Vauxhall doesn't throw in that wallbox free with purchase, but the company does offer customers a subsidised 7kW home charging unit from PodPoint. What else? Well, Vauxhall being a mainstream brand, residual values aren't as strong as, for example, you'd get from a rival BMW i3, but the Mokka claws the advantage back with modest cost of options and very affordable servicing you can budget for with a range of pre-paid servicing plans. There's an unremarkable, but potentially extendable, three year 60,000 mile warranty.

Summary

It's hard to recognise this generation Mokka from the Korean MK1 design launched back in 2012 that trundled around on an old fashioned chassis and used thirsty petrol engines. These days, the Mokka is a thoroughly modern product - and this Mokka Electric demonstrates just how modern. The competition in this segment though is tough and if you've cast your net about in this class, you'll know that it can't go quite as far on a single charge as its Korean rivals, nor is it quite as engaging to drive as the Japanese Mazda MX-30. And of course it doesn't really offer anything fundamentally very different from its Stellantis Group cousins, the Peugeot e-2008 and the DS 3 E-TENSE. For all that though, we can see plenty of browsing Vauxhall showroom customers being quite seduced by what's on offer here. There's just enough driving range to be practical, just enough style to fit in at the gym and just enough value to make the switch to an EV possible on monthly finance. Just enough of everything then, for Vauxhall to get a toe-hold in this important sector.

  • 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
  • Keyless Start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 50
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins): 1305
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change: 0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins): 450
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change: 0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW: 7
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins): 300
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change: 0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW: 11
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins): 30
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change: 0-80
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW: 100
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location: Left Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type: CCS Type 2
  • Maximum Charging Rate - kW: 100
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Usable Battery Capacity: 47
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 11.4
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 16.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 15.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High: 21.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High: 14.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low: 10.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium: 11.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 5.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 3.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 3.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High: 2.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High: 4.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low: 5.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium: 5.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 464
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 336
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - High: 336
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 288
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 209
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - High: 209
  • CO: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • HC: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • CC: 1
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • Engine Code: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Based On ID: 103604
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: Griffin
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22D
  • 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: 24
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.2
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3673
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 300
  • Top Speed: 93
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A
  • 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): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2015
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1060
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 310
  • Max. Loading Weight: 492
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1523
  • No. of Seats: 5