We decided to hand the keys to the all-new Opel Mokka over to our online manager, Charmaine French so as to get a different perspective on the car.
The Mokka is Opel’s first-ever sub-compact SUV, which made its South African début a few months ago. It’s the third of the ‘new Germans’ from Opel to be launched in South Africa so far this year.
Unfortunately for Opel, by introducing this new car it’s opened itself up to direct attack from Nissan with its funky-looking Juke as well as Suzuki with its updated SX4.
Could the new Opel Mokka be the perfect blend between hatchback sportiness and SUV practicality? Well, Charmaine thinks so. "The Opel Mokka is compact and really great to drive. The car is easy to manoeuvre due to its small size, but is high enough for some light off-roading," she said.
Inside the Mokka, one will notice that the dashboard layout is very familiar and is similar to that found in the Corsa and the Astra. What we did notice though is that the material quality is a drastic improvement over older Opel cars. "The seats are extraordinarily comfortable," said Charmaine.
We were handed the entry level Enjoy model, which happens to be very well equipped for the ‘base’ spec model. You can expect things like cruise control with a speed limiter, speed-sensitive power steering, a multi-function steering wheel, a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth as well as AUX and USB input.
The Mokka’s boxy proportions mean there’s plenty of head and leg room in the front and rear and there are all sorts of convenient little compartments. With the rear seats up, the boot can swallow 356-litres of luggage. What’s more, the rear seats feature a 60:40 split and fold flat, which means that a total of 1 371 litres of cargo can be loaded, which adds to the practicality factor.
When it comes to the engine, Opel has made use of its impressive 1.4-litre turbo motor, which is good for 103kW and 200Nm of torque. The car comes with the optional automatic gear box and makes use of six gears; however Charmaine did have some issues with it. She explained, "One downside is the vehicle tended to over-rev when I put my foot down, but overall it’s a great “little” car. Big enough on the inside; small enough on the outside,” she enthused.
Despite this issue, we here at Autodealer, do see the practical advantages of the Opel Mokka and after her short time with the car, Charmaine agrees.