Op-Ed: Opel Mokka E Looks And Drives Great, Lacks Je Ne Sais Quoi

Opel has been part of the Stellantis group since March 2017, so it’s now controlled by what used to be called PSA or Peugeot-Citroen. It is no longer a GM brand, but the company’s latest EV, the Mokka E (also sold as a Vauxhall), feels like a transitional vehicle, with some GM elements as well as ones from PSA and not really a personality of its own.

Its platform is PSA’s CMP (the electric vehicle version of the EMP1 architecture), which will be rebranded as STLA Small in the future, but this basically means the Mokka E is identical mechanically to the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008, as well as the Opel Corsa E and the DS3 Crossback E-Tense. 

The Mokka E is the electric version of the subcompact Mokka ICE crossover, the higher-riding alternative to the electric Corsa. It looks completely different to the Corsa and its design is closer to that of the new Astra in style and the switchgear is a mix of PSA and GM.

Power comes from a 100 kW (136 horsepower) electric motor that drives the front wheels, giving the Mokka E a 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) acceleration time of just under  9 seconds; top speed is 150 km/h (93.2 mph). The battery is also the same as in all other vehicles built on this platform, a 50 kWh pack with 45 kWh usable capacity and a claimed range of 322 km (200 miles) WLTP – real world range should be around the 250 km (155 miles) mark if you drive the vehicle sensibly and not at highway speeds.

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