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The Vauxhall Mokka-e reminds us that, as electric cars become increasingly popular, we'll one day drop the word 'electric' from conversations about them altogether – and simply call them 'cars'.
If Vauxhall has anything to do with it, that moment could come sooner than we all think. Instead of going down the route of designing a bespoke electric SUV (as Skoda and Volkswagen did with the Enyaq iV and ID 4), it's effectively offering electric power as just another engine option for the Mokka small SUV.
The electric SUV class is increasingly competitive, though. To truly succeed, the Mokka-e will also have to see off other strong rivals, including the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia Niro EV and the Volkswagen ID 3, plus electric cars that cost a bit less, such as the great-value MG ZS EV and the Mazda MX-30.
Over the next few pages of this review, we'll let you know how the Vauxhall Mokka-e squares up against those rivals. We'll also tell you what it's like to drive, whether the interior is comfortable, how much it will cost to run and more.
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We don’t have reliability data for the Mokka-e, but Vauxhall as a brand didn’t do all that well in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. It claimed joint 22nd position out of 30 manufacturers, drawing with Mercedes and Peugeot. The Mokka-e comes with a thee-year/60,000-mile warranty, plus main battery cover for eight years/100,000 miles. Most rivals give you similar cover, but Hyundai, Kia and MG offer more. Read more here
Officially, the Vauxhall Mokka-e can cover 201 miles before the battery reaches 0%, but you probably won’t see that range in the real world. On a hot day and a mixture of roads, we managed to cover 151 miles, which was slightly less than the Hyundai Kona Electric managed. Read more here
Our chosen version of the Vauxhall Mokka-e is the Ultimate trim (there’s only one battery and motor option). It’s the top trim level, but it’s only slightly more expensive than GS Line below it, and gets you more equipment, including matric LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors and Alcantara seat trim. Read more here
The Mokka-e’s top-of-the-range Ultimate trim costs slightly more than GS Line, and has extra equipment. GS Line is more focused on sporty looks than kit, meaning that it comes as standard with the ‘Black pack’ and red detailing on the wheels. Ultimate has better matrix LED headlights, advanced parking assist, front parking sensors and more. Read more here
When Euro NCAP tested the Vauxhall Mokka-e for safety, it awarded the model four stars out of five, which is disappointing. The Mokka-e was found to offer poor neck protection for a 10-year-old sat in the rear and did not do a very good job of preventing an adult occupant in the front from moving sideways across the car during a side impact. Read more here
If you need a big boot, the Vauxhall Mokka-e might disappoint. It has 310 litres of space, which is enough for a weekly shop or luggage for a short family holiday, but no match for the Kia Niro EV and Volkswagen ID 3 capacities. The Mokka-e does at least come with a height-adjustable boot floor, and space for charging cables below it. Read more here
|RRP price range||£22,865 - £34,995|
|Number of trims (see all)||3|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||electric, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||47.9 - 51.4|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£65 / £1,861|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£131 / £3,722|