Now part of the Stellantis Group, Vauxhall are benefitting from the shared resources that the company has poured into their electric vehicles. The Corsa-e was the brands first electric car & it was recently joined by the larger Mokka-e, which CC&V spent some time in recently.
Launched alongside the petrol version of the Mokka, the electric version is offered with a choice of three models; SE Nav Premium, Elite Nav Premium & SRI Nav Premium. All are powered by the same 50kWh battery, with 136PS of power on tap & 220Nm.
The cheapest way into an electric Mokka, is with the SE Nav Premium which costs £33,040. As an entry level model, it comes well equipped & features a 7″ colour touchscreen with SatNav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 16″ silver alloys, electronic climate control, 7″ colour instrument panel, ECO LED headlights & cruise control with intelligent speed limiter. Next up is mid-range Elite Nav Premium, costing from £34,580. This model adds the larger 10″ colour touchscreen, 17″ bi-colour alloys, panoramic rear view camera, front & rear parking sensors & heated front seats. Range topper is the SRI Nav Premium, which costs from £34,935 & adds 18″ bi-colour alloy wheels with red accents.
There are three to choose from. Unleash the cars full 136hp in Sport mode, which increases speed & excitement but reduces battery range. Normal mode, comes with 107hp & is best for everyday driving, or Eco mode, which reduces the power to just 81hp, turns off the air-con, thereby conserving battery range & in our experience is great for the motorway. In Sport mode, the Mokka-e takes 8.7 seconds to reach 62mph.
Taking its cue from the Corsa-e, Vauxhall have kept the dashboard traditional, with a largish steering wheel & physical climate buttons, rather than the fiddly on screen offering you’ll find inside the interiors of the Peugeot e-208 & e-2008.
The cabin itself is nicely laid out & it’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. The touchscreen is simple to use & easy to understand & you can also access the phone & various modes via switches on the steering wheel. Underneath the screen, sits the heating & ventilation controls, beneath these are a USB input & 12v socket. Quality is pretty decent with some soft touch plastics on the front & top of the dash.
There’s a starter button to the left of the steering wheel, so you can leave your keys in the small cubby in front of the automatic gear switch. Talking of which, the gear switch is where you can activate the regeneration function. You can select from Drive, Neutral, Reverse or B. When you’re in Drive, you push the B button & hey presto, create more brake regeneration. As a function, the regen is not at all intrusive & is well worth using as it adds extra battery charge when you brake or slow down.
Zero to full on a 7kWh home charger, takes 7.5 hours. We have a Rolec 7kWh charger at the office http://www.rolecserv.com/home-charging & it really takes the hassle out of owning an electric vehicle. Drive, return, plug-in, repeat. And, you’ll soon get the hang of where to charge publicly & some of these are actually free, Podpoint at Tesco for example.
We recently signed up to Octopus Go, which reduces the cost of charging to just 5p a kWh between 12.30 am & 04.30 am. Typical daytime rates are 13p a kWh, or on many public charge points, over 20p a kWh is not uncommon, so spend some time researching & looking for a specialist electricity provider, as this is great way to keep fuel cost’s down.
It’s well worth noting that you can pre-programme the Mokka-e via your Smart Phone to charge in the night. You can also do this via the touchscreen EV menu inside the car & the timer button inside the fuel cap. At 5p a kWh it costs just £2.50 to get the Mokka-e fully charged & with a range of 180 miles in our real world test, that is an absolute bargain & up to 80% less than the cost to drive 180 miles in a petrol Mokka.
Up front, there’s plenty of room for driver & front seat passenger. Rear headroom is fine, but rear leg room is tight & there’s really only enough room in the back for two adults. Cabin storage is decent & includes four door pockets, a sizeable glove box, under armrest space & a central twin drinks holder.
All of the batteries are located under the floor, so passenger room compared to a petrol Mokka, is unaffected. The boot is the same size above the carpet, as the petrol Mokka, with the batteries hidden in the spare wheel space. Consequently, luggage capacity is slightly down at 310 litres. There’s no designated space for your charging cable, just a cable bag.
The Mokka-e is probably the most normal electric car we’ve ever driven, which sounds like damning with faint praise. It isn’t. We spent a week in it’s company, utilising the free Tesco Podpoint chargers where we could & plugging in at home.
Where Vauxhall claim a range of 201 miles, we would say that in our experience, driving in town & under 40 mph elsewhere, utilising the Eco mode & the B regeneration, 180 miles is definitely possible. Hit the motorway & drive at 70mph in Eco mode & that will fall to around 140 miles. The regeneration of battery power, which is easier when driving around town, really does make a difference & the city is where the Mokka-e perform’s best.
The weight of the battery, will generally make your electric car or van heavier than a petrol or diesel version. The Mokka-e handles smooth road surfaces with aplomb & is pretty good to drive on winding B roads. However, when we encountered any road that wasn’t well maintained, the vibrations through the 17″ alloy wheels were much in evidence, just as they were when we drove the Corsa-e & Peugeot e-208. It’s plainly an issue caused by the battery location, which is the same across all of the PSA electric model range.
For fleet managers & company car driver’s alike, there’s a lot to like about the Mokka. It looks modern, features the most up to date safety & tech & all models are priced at under £35,000.
The really good news is the huge discounts you’ll make, if you commit to the Mokka-e.. The Mokka-e comes with a BIK of 1% & you’ll pay virtually nothing for your company car in tax year 2021/22. If you’re opting out of your company’s car scheme, you also get the government grant, currently £2,500, off the car’s asking price, as the Mokka-e qualifies in Category One for the subsidy.
Rear passenger space, is a little bit smaller than you’d expect. And the ride over uneven roads surfaces, is noticeably jerky. It’s a conservative car to drive. That is about it.
We really enjoyed our week in the Mokka-e & we think that it’s the best looking small EV currently out there. On the down side, it’s not the most exciting electric car to drive, the rear seat space is tight & the ride isn’t brilliant. Price wise, all three models qualify for the £2,500 PiCG. In our opinion, taken as a company car with the related savings you can make on tax & fuel, fleet managers & end users should definitely take a look.
Vauxhall Mokka-e Elite Nav Premium
Price: £32,080 after PiCG
Engine/battery: Single electric motor, 50kWh battery
0-60mph: 8.7 seconds
Top speed: 93mph
Range: 201 miles
BIK 2021/22: 1%