New Vauxhall Mokka-e and Hyundai Kona Electric vs Volkswagen ID.3: practicality

Can Vauxhall’s striking new Mokka-e SUV beat the freshly facelifted Kona and class-leading ID.3 in this small electric car shootout?...

Vauxhall Mokka-e 2021 rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Even lanky folk will find that there’s plenty of space in the front of these cars, although it’s the ID.3 that feels the airiest and has the most leg room. It also offers the most storage space, while the Mokka is the stingiest.

There’s no contest when it comes to rear seat space. The ID.3 wipes the floor with the other two for leg room and has plenty of head room as well, so it’s the best for a couple of six-footers. Anyone that big will struggle in the back of the other two, because they’re quite confined, although the Kona has a smidgen more leg room than the Mokka.

Hyundai Kona Electric 2021 rear seats

Being so small, the Kona and Mokka aren’t much cop if you try to cram three in the back, so the fact that the Kona has a flat floor isn’t as beneficial as it is in the ID.3. The Mokka has the narrowest rear bench and a big hump in the centre of the floor, so it’s the least suitable for a middle passenger.

The ID.3 has the biggest boot, which can swallow five carry-on suitcases below its parcel shelf with room to spare. The Kona and Mokka can each hold one case less. Disappointingly, a variable-height boot floor isn’t included with Life trim in the ID.3; you have to spend extra on a pricier trim to get one. Without it, there’s a higher loading lip to negotiate than in the other two, as well as a step in the floor when you fold down the rear seats.

Volkswagen ID.3 2021 rear seats

A variable-height boot floor is standard on the Mokka. This can be raised to reduce the load lip and even out the step in the extended boot floor when the rear seatbacks are folded. The Kona’s fixed floor is high enough to begin with, so its load lip is tiny and you end up with a flat load bay with its rear seats down. All three have conventional 60/40 seat splits.

Boot space

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e 2021 boot

Boot 310-1060 litres Suitcases 4

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric 2021 boot

Boot 332-1114 litres Suitcases 4

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3 2021 boot

Boot 385-1267 litres Suitcases 5