The interior layout, fit and finish
The Vauxhall Mokka-e is technically a small SUV, but it's not that much taller than a regular small hatchback. To help give you more of a commanding view of the road, the seats are mounted quite high up and the tall bonnet (which you can see from the driver’s seat) gives you the impression that you’re driving a ‘proper’ sports utility vehicle.
That slightly elevated driving position also means you have decent visibility to the front and the sides, which is handy when negotiating junctions. Taller drivers did find that the pillar between the front and rear doors could get in the way with the seat in their preferred position, though, so those six foot or over should try before they buy.
You’ll find a good range of adjustment to the reach and height of the steering wheel and driver’s seat so you should be able to find a comfortable driving position. That's not something you can say about the closely-related Peugeot e-2008 and its awkward iCockpit set-up and high mounted dials. It's a shame lumbar support is only available on range-topping Launch Edition models as part of a driver’s seat massage function, although a couple of hours behind the wheel of a lesser Mokka-e produced no achy back.
The rest of the dashboard is well laid out and easy to get the hang of, with physical buttons and knobs for the climate control and media volume, unlike the e-2008 and VW ID.3, which both get distracting touch-sensitive controls. The Mokka-e’s 12.0in digital instrument display (fitted to Premium models and up – standard cars get a smaller 7.0in display) has a simple layout that's easy to read at a glance and is far more customisable than the dinky one in the ID.3.
The Mokka-e’s infotainment system is virtually identical to the unit you get in the e-2008, and that's not ideal. With laggy software, a confusing layout and clunky graphics, the 10.0in system we sampled (entry-level SE Nav Premium cars get a smaller 7.0in display) was quite frustrating to use. It’s also worth pointing out that the temperature is displayed either side of the screen so, disappointingly, you never really get all 10.0in dedicated to your current menu.
Both systems at least get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard, allowing you to bypass Vauxhall’s software and use your phone’s interface instead. The physical shortcut buttons below the screen make it far less distracting to use on the move than the touchscreen-only systems in some rivals, including the ID.3.