Vauxhall’s full of beans: As RAY MASSEY enjoys a chocolate-infused Easter, car giant adds a new coffee-sounding Mokka to its line-up
As we enjoy a chocolate-infused Easter weekend, Britain’s Vauxhall has just added a new coffee-sounding Mokka to its line-up.
But unlike bamboozling coffee menus, there’s a simple choice of three Easter bonnets: petrol, diesel or pure electric, with prices from £20,735.
They all feature Vauxhall’s sharp new V-shaped ‘vizor’ face — and the aerodynamic design cuts drag at motorway speeds by 16 per cent.
Feisty: The energising Vauxhall Mokka is available as petrol, diesel or electric
This week I’ve been driving smartly appointed petrol and electric variants around urban Coventry and leafy Warwickshire.
I first tried out the new Mokka SRi Nav Premium petrol version, costing £27,450 (£27,770 with extra White Jade paint).
Powered by a feisty turbo-charged 1.2-litre 3-cylinder 130 hp petrol engine linked to an agile eight-speed automatic gear-box, it feels taut and nippy around town and cruises nicely on motorways, accelerating from rest to 60mph in 9.2 seconds up to a top speed of 124mph.
For extra engagement, you can play up and down on the manual paddles. It has frugal fuel efficiency, with an average up to 47.9mph and CO2 emissions of 137g/km.
There’s also a 100hp version, and both are available with a six-speed manual.
But I got my real energising caffeine hit from the pure electric 136hp Vauxhall e-Mokka in a bright, statement-making shade called Mamba Green, complemented by a black roof.
Powered by a 100kW electric motor and a 50 kW lithium-ion battery, it flies along and feels very agile, accelerating to 60mph in 8.7 seconds up to a top speed of 93mph and with zero emissions.
You can choose between Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes — I was mainly in the most engaging Sport. It has a claimed range of 201 miles.
You’ll pay an electric premium with my car, in Elite Nav Premium trim, costing £32,730 (including the £2,500 plug-in car grant), of which £650 was for metallic paint.
There are seven trim levels for the Mokka, starting at £20,735 and four for the electric e-Mokka, costing from £30,840.
Apart from the silent running, and having to charge-up rather than fill-up, the driving experience from behind the wheel of the electric version is pretty much the same.
No new buttons and knobs to master or intimidate. Digital touch screens are easy to navigate.
Pulling on a simple rocker switch moves you from park to drive or reverse.
Hitting the B-button increases braking resistance, helps generate more charge as you slow down, and means you can drive ‘one-footed’- barely having to touch the brakes.
It has a bit less space in the back because of the batteries and cabling, which reduces the petrol version’s 350 by 40 litre to 310 litres.
With the rear seats pulled down, that increases to 1060 litres (1105 litres for petrol).
The new car is 124mm shorter, 10mm wider and with a slightly longer (2mm) wheelbase, giving it a sportier and more dynamic stance. It’s also 120kg lighter.
A full charge on a domestic 7kW wall-box takes 7 hours and 35 minutes or 5 hours and 5 minutes on a public 22kW charger.
However, an 80 per cent boost takes 45 minutes on a 50kW rapid-charger (30 minutes on a 100kW charger).
There’s still a place for diesel with a 1.5 litre 110 horse-power engine linked to a six-speed manual gear-box offering up to 65.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 114g/km.
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