First Drive Opel Mokka

First Drive Opel Mokka

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Opel has just launched its all-new sub-compact SUV, the Mokka, due to arrive in Ireland this coming December. When it arrives, customers can choose from a choice of two petrol and one diesel engine to power their car, across three trim specifications.

The petrol offerings are an entry-level 1.6-litre petrol unit, which produces 115hp with a relatively little 155Nm of torque, it’s priced from €19,995. Our preference for the petrol engines is the 1.4-litre turbocharged unit, it offers 140hp and 200Nm of torque, priced from €23,995. It’s only available as an all-wheel drive model, for those that may venture off-road, or more than likely have to tackle some wintry conditions along country roads. This 1.4-litre engine has been tried and trusted across other Opel models, notably the Astra and Insignia, it’s a relatively hushed motor that provides ample power for city driving, on the motorway it’s put under some pressure for mid-range acceleration.

 

Our choice pick is the 1.7-litre CDTi diesel variant, offering 130hp and 300Nm of torque. In two-wheel drive format, combined with a six-speed manual transmission this model will more than likely account for the majority of sales, it’s priced from €23,995. This diesel Mokka provides adequate power for city driving and is comfortable on motorways too, although there is a fair amount of engine noise translated into the cabin.

The Mokka is available across three trim levels, S, SC, and SE. The entry-level S model comes appropriately equipped with items such as air conditioning, cruise control, cd/mp3 player, multi-function steering wheel, electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, ESP, daytime running lights, hill start assist and descent control system all included. Also available for the Mokka is Opel’s AFL+ (Adaptive Forward Lighting) which adapts its light intensity and range of lighting in urban and country roads and on motorways. It also adjusts the high beams automatically to prevent dazzling oncoming traffic. Opel also offer some potentially life-saving technology with the second generation Opel Eye front camera, Forward Collision Alert (FCA), Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

 

Opel’s main competitors will come in the form of Nissan’s Juke and Skoda’s Yeti, both accomplished vehicles. The Mokka is more stylish looking in our opinion but the Yeti’s engines offer a more involved driving experience, whilst the Juke is better suited to city driving. We look forward to testing the Mokka on Irish roads when it arrives this December.