Twin test: Vauxhall Mokka-e vs Kia e-Niro
Vauxhall's new Mokka-e electric SUV takes on the more established Kia e-Niro in our compact electric SUV twin test
The electric SUV market has exploded in recent years, and has grown to include cars of all shapes and sizes from smaller offerings like the Hyundai Kona Electric and Mercedes EQA, all the way up to the ultra-premium BMW iX and Tesla Model X.
The Vauxhall Mokka-e and Kia e-Niro you see here represent two of the more compact entries in the electric SUV market, taking very different approaches to attract customers. The e-Niro is the more established car in this class, as it has been around for nearly three years now. However, it's still one of the best value electric cars on sale.
Vauxhall’s Mokka-e is very much the new kid on the block, with striking styling inside and out, and bundles of technology to set it apart from the likes of the e-Niro, as well as other electric cars from Stellantis group brands that share its underpinnings.
Pros: Looks, interior, rapid-charging capability
Cons: Limited range, cramped rear seats, e-Niro is more practical
Pros: Longer range, more comfortable, standard equipment
Cons: Styling, finance deals, dated interior
As you can tell from the pros and cons list of both cars, while the e-Niro places more importance on practicality and range, it's possible that the Mokka-e focuses more on styling to attract younger drivers, at the expense of ultimate value for money. Let's take a closer look, to find out whether that impression is justified...
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingVauxhall's new Mokka-e electric SUV takes on the more established Kia e-Niro in our compact electric SUV twin test
- 2Range and chargingThe e-Niro’s exceptional efficiency puts it ahead of the Mokka-e, although both offer 100kW rapid charging
- 3Performance and handlingWhile both cars have the same power output, the Mokka-e is better to drive and feels more refined at higher speeds
- 4Space and practicalityThe e-Niro reigns supreme in this category, with more space for passengers and a far larger boot than the Mokka-e
- 5Interior and infotainmentWith the e-Niro’s interior beginning to show the more established car’s age, the Mokka-e stands out with its fresh design
- 6Running costs and warrantyWhile both cars are relatively cheap to run, the Kia edges ahead thanks to its better efficiency and more comprehensive warranty
- 7Safety and reliabilityBoth cars received a four-star Euro NCAP rating, with more safety features available if you upgrade
- 8Verdict and specificationsWhile styling is typically subjective, the Mokka-e stands out with its fresh design both inside and outside, especially against the aging e-Niro