REVIEW | Opel’s Mokka is no high-performance car, but this little crossover packs quite a punch

The all-new Opel Mokka is a compact five-seater luxury compact crossover vehicle which can take on the very best in this size class.

Dare I say Continental design and German engineering at its best, bearing in mind it is the sister of the oh-so-svelte French Peugeot 2008.

You know that pleasant, warm early morning coffee shop aroma leading to a satisfying cuppa (mocha) java and a feeling of self-satisfaction? Well, Opel has that buzz going with their new Mokka.

2022 Opel Mokka

2022 Opel Mokka

The Rüsselsheim engineering and design team has packed the Mokka, especially in GS Line guise, with the latest entertainment, comfort, safety, and near-autonomous technology and features.

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These include fully automated Full-LED Matrix headlights, which dip for oncoming traffic and switch on automatically in poor light or visibility. There’s also Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, adaptive cruise control, driver awareness alert, lane control, road sign recognition, rain-sensitive wipers, courtesy door lights (very handy at night), 360° camera view and cable- free phone charging.

2022 Opel Mokka

2022 Opel Mokka

The Mokka is equipped with the latest generation LED lights, ranging from daytime running lights bearing the Opel signature to front fog lights complementing the Opel Vizor design element or look on the face. The rearview mirrors are heated, fold in when the car is switched off and tilt down when in reverse. Very courteous, I thought.

The new dash, or as Opel calls it, the Pure Panel, incorporates two large screens to leave room only for the essential buttons. But, hallelujah, buttons still control the most important functions without having to navigate through menus of the simple controls like the air conditioning and radio.

2022 Opel Mokka

2022 Opel Mokka

The driver’s seat is adjustable on six axes as standard in the GS and has a massage function. Both very comfortable and good-looking front seats have warmers. The displays and controls are all ideally positioned concerning the driver. The base or Elegance model is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen IntelliLink infotainment system; the multimedia radio connectivity allows music playback via USB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The steering wheel controls also allow the driver to access the multimedia system.

The GS Line offers a bigger 10-inch high-definition IntelliLink color touchscreen with the addition of built-in navigation and a highly customisable 12″ instrument cluster. The 310L boot is very average but practically shaped. The legroom at the back is also very Average, and the sills are pretty high, so it is a minor mission for an adult to get in and out of the back.The two front seats and cabin have a charming layout and styling.All very smart.

2022 Opel Mokka

2022 Opel Mokka

The very willing three-pot 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine does 96kW and 230Nm and enjoys an eight-speed automatic gearbox with particularly smooth shifts offering an impressive fuel consumption of 5.3 and 6.1 l/100 km.

You would generally get just above 6.0-litres/100km in general driving but around 5.9-litres/100km on the open road. Ground clearance is 160mm, so it has some pretence to be a real crossover. The speed-sensitive power steering is a joy to use, as is the leather-clad steering wheel with particularly good function controls. I quite liked the ride quality achieved, partly due to the Michelin Primacy 215/60 R17 tires fitted to the test car.

The Mokka is by no means a high-performance driver’s car, but it is a pleasant, luxurious way of getting from A to B and is particularly agile in the city.

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This little crossover from Opel really packs quite a punch with its standard equipment list and price.

The Mokka has a three-year or 120 000km warranty and a four-year or 60 000km service plan.

The base model 1.2T Elegance is R469 900, while the one to get, the GS Line, is R519 900.

Which compact crossovers does it go up against?

The GS Line Mokka needs to be compared to well-equipped luxury small crossovers like the following vehicles:

– Peugeot 2008 GT (R588 900)
– Audi Q2 35 (R553 500)
– Mini Countryman (R611 424)
– Mitsubishi ASX LS (R439 995)
– Volkswagen T-Roc 1.4 (R518 600)
– Mazda CX3 Individual (R482 100)
– Citroen C3 Aircross (R424 900)
– Slightly bigger Mercedes-Benz GLA200 (R772 796)