2021 Vauxhall Mokka e - The new all-electric boasts 134bhp and a 201-mile range | MiniAuto

Starting price: £32.495

The new Vauxhall Mokka -e is 12.5cm shorter than the old Mokka X, so you'd expect it to be more cramped inside. Not so, because Vauxhall's actually made the new model 10mm wider and pushed its front and rear wheels 2mm apart, so there's actually more passenger space inside than before.

The Mokka-e looks almost identical to the standard car, but it has the petrol Mokka in almost every area - besides the price…

The new Vauxhall Mokka -e is a judgmental creation that may well tempt a few more frequent Mokka customers to electric cars, thanks to its respectable range, reasonable prices and driving experience that feel completely normal. Perhaps we'd like a bit more interior space, but as a style-focused product with this battery size and at this price point, it's definitely worth considering.

Vauxhall estimates that about 16% of new Mokka sales will go to the all-electric version: the Mokka-e. We thought it was a good deal for the money in left-hand drive when we tried it out earlier in the year.

Now it's time to find out if it still lines up in right-hand drive and in UK specs, but also faces increased competition following price tweaks. haste caused by recent changes in plug-in vehicle funding.

The Mokka-e has a single front-mounted electric motor that produces 134hp and 260Nm of torque – enough, Vauxhall claims, for a 0-62mph time of 8.7 seconds. There is only a single battery size, 50kWh, which falls between the two offered by Kia and Hyundai with the e-Niro and Kona Electric.

The Mokka-e comes in a range of trim levels that are a bit simpler than the regular run, starting with the SE Nav Premium for £30,540 behind the PiCG and topping out with the full Launch version. Its price, £32,495 after funding, reflects an adjustment by Vauxhall to keep it just below the £35k threshold.

The good news to report is that the switch to RHD doesn't affect the Mokka's base driving dynamics. It's a pretty inert creation, true, and not really interesting. But it's comfortable around town on 17-inch wheels and only gets uncomfortable at higher speeds when you hit a really pitted stretch of road. It's no better or worse than many zero-emissions competitors at this price point, then, though the MINI Electric (if you're not bothered by its limited range) certainly has more emphasis on the front.

The Mokka is also one of the most casual-feeling EVs we've ever experienced. Throttle tuning is incredibly smooth, to the point where more seasoned electric scooter users may find it a bit off-putting compared to the sudden instant punch so common in this genre. All others - especially those graduating from conventionally powered cars - may also find the Vauxhall easier to adapt, making it difficult to calibrate.

Of course, Vauxhall didn't feel sluggish at all. 8.7 seconds to 62mph isn't bad, but some rivals, such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, are certainly a bit more profitable.

If you want to experience the electric Mokka's full performance potential, you'll need to experiment with its drive modes, which are accessed via a small button on the center console. In Normal mode, the car actually produces 107hp and 220Nm, while in Eco mode you're limited to 81hp and 180hp. This efficiency-focused setting actually feels pretty daunting, but it's easy enough to keep up with regular-mode traffic.

Sport, of course, unleashes a full 134hp and 260Nm, but since the car has the same inert steering as the regular Mokka, it's hard to imagine many scenarios where you'd see a lot of benefit in acceleration. We'll likely steer clear of the button altogether and just enjoy the extra range that comes with 107bhp; on our (admittedly warm) test day, it looked well capable of the claimed 201 miles.

The rest of the pack is reflective like that of the regular Mokkas - so the cabin is done well enough, with enough in-car tech, but the rear cabin is pretty cramped for full-grown adults. The trunk also shrinks on the Mokka-e, to 310 liters - but still enough for a couple of suitcases or a big weekly shopping trip, and comfort is clear about what's on offer in hatchbacks like the Honda e or MINI Electric.

★★★★★Vauxhall Mokka-e range and charger★★★★★

The Vauxhall Mokka-e comes with a 50kWh battery and a 136hp electric motor driving the front wheels. It will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 8.7 seconds, which is fast enough for a small family crossover.

The Mokka-e has a claimed range of 201 miles. That's a short number compared to the Kia e-Niro's claimed 282-mile range but broadly in line with the Peugeot e-2008's claimed 206-mile range.

You shouldn't have too much trouble matching this claimed range if you're driving around town a lot, but highway cruising will drain the Mokka-e's battery faster.

The fastest way to recharge the Vauxhall Mokka-e is to use a 100kW public fast charger. Find one of these and you can increase its battery from empty to 80% full in about half an hour.

A slower 50kW public charger will take about 50 minutes to charge your battery from 0% to 80%, while a household outlet will take more than 20 hours to fully charge your Mokka-e when it runs out of battery.

2021 Vauxhall Mokka e - The new all-electric boasts 134bhp and a 201-mile range | MiniAuto 2021 Vauxhall Mokka e  - The new all-electric boasts 134bhp and a 201-mile range | MiniAuto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on July 22, 2021 Rating: 5

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