Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
If your main priority is performance, the Vauxhall Mokka-e doesn't exactly stand out from the crowd. As we mentioned earlier, its electric motor puts out just 134bhp, which results in an unexceptional 0-60mph time of 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 93mph. We managed 8.6sec during tests of the car quite easily, though.
Even in Sport driving mode, you don’t get the instant shove you would expect from an electric vehicle (EV). While that’s not a problem around town, it does mean that overtaking at speeds above 40mph requires more planning than it would in, say, a Kia e-Niro Long Range or VW ID.3 Performance.
If you try to press on in the Mokka-e, you’ll soon find that it’s not a car that’s happy to be hustled. Although the steering is more naturally weighted and linear in its responses than on the Peugeot e-2008, you’ll feel bumps kicking back through the wheel’s rim if you’re cornering quickly. There’s a lot more body lean than you’d find in rivals such as the Kona Electric and the poised ID.3, and it doesn’t feel particularly keen to change direction in a hurry.
Grip levels are decent enough, if not as high as those rivals, and you certainly won’t find any nasty vices, but its roly-poly nature and general lack of composure mean you’ll soon slow down to focus on conserving the battery instead.
The soft springs translate to a comfortable motorway ride, though, with only the odd expansion joint sending a thud through the car. The Mokka-e doesn’t deal with potholes and broken surfaces at lower speeds as adroitly as the ID.3 but it’s certainly more comfortable than the overly firm Kona Electric and doesn’t buck about on undulating roads like the bouncy DS3 Crossback E-Tense does.
The brakes are rather inconsistent, though – it can be difficult to judge how much pressure to apply to the pedal to slow down smoothly and that can take a while to get used to. Better, though, is that the Mokka-e is very refined by class standards, with minimal wind, road and suspension noise. In fact, it’s significantly quieter than the ID.3.