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Opel Mokka is practical and spacious

25.01.2016

The Mokka is yet another compact SUV, crossover thingy. This time from Opel. It's the German manufacturer's first foray into this segment - and it's an important one given the rapid growth of the SUV market which is currently dominated by the Ford Ecosport.

To give some perspective to the Mokka; it fits between the Nissan Qashqai and Juke in terms of size, is only available with a 1.4-litre turbo and has no four-wheel drive option. You can get an auto and choose from two trim levels though.



On the outside

Well its unmistakeably an Opel; best described as a chunkier Corsa on stilts with some black bumper trim thrown in for good measure. It looks nice enough and has the prerequisite amount of go-anywhere appeal even though it can't. 



On the inside

While it might not be, or look like, the biggest compact SUV the Mokka does in fact have a very spacious cabin. There's decent head and legroom in the back for even full-sized humans. That's good news for buyers who expect extra practicality from cars of this type, which the sector doesn't always deliver.

Overall the interior is very similar to the Astra; solid and functional, but beyond the dash it's hardly ambitious for a car marketing itself as funky lifestyle accessory. There is a decent array of big-car extras, especially in the top spec 'Cosmo'.

Behind the wheel

The 1.4-litre turbo unit is familiar to the Opel family. It's peppy enough with its 103kW and 200 torques, even through the six-speed auto 'box. It's not thrilling though; the suspension isn't particularly well sorted and wobbles about a bit, while clunking over bumpy roads.



Pricing

The range starts at R307,000 and ends at near R360,000 for the top auto model. And that's the Opel's biggest problem. Even the top spec Renault Captur is less than R300,000 - as is the Ford Ecosport. 

Verdict

No matter how good the Mokka might or might not be, it's unfortunately priced itself out of the argument. On that basis I'd have to recommend you look elsewhere.

Article written by Miles Downard
25.01.2016
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