Vauxhall Mokka-e vs Kia e-Niro: range and charging
The e-Niro’s exceptional efficiency puts it ahead of the Mokka-e, although both offer 100kW rapid charging
We’re now very familiar with the powertrain in the Mokka-e, because it’s the same electric motor, battery and platform that underpins the Corsa-e electric hatchback, as well as the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008, Citroen e-C4, and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. Like all those models, the Mokka-e features a 50kWh battery located under the floor.
For the Mokka-e, that means a range of 201 miles, which is on par with the figures for its French counterparts. However, as the calculator on Vauxhall’s website shows, certain weather conditions and prolonged periods at high speeds can reduce the Mokka-e's actual range to 130 miles.
The Kia, meanwhile, is capable of up to 180 miles on a charge when equipped with the 39kWh battery like our test car. However, if you need more range, the e-Niro is also available with a larger 64kWh unit, which gives the car a maximum range of 282 miles.
But while the Vauxhall has a longer claimed range, we found that the Kia used the energy in its battery more efficiently. The e-Niro achieved an impressive 4.8 miles per kWh when we tested it, which is enough for an estimated range of 187 miles – seven miles more than the official claim.
So while these cars are evenly matched when it comes to range, our figures from driving the Kia demonstrate that the brand's EVs are still some of the most efficient on the market.
Both the e-Niro and the Mokka-e are capable of DC rapid charging at speeds up to 100kW. For the Mokka-e, that means if you can find a fast enough charging point, you can recharge the 50kWh battery from 10-80% in just over 30 minutes. However, it'll take around 40 minutes to recharge the e-Niro from 10-80% at the same speed.
Most of the time you’re likely to be charging at home using a wallbox, probably operating at closer to 7kW. That will take around seven hours to recharge the Vauxhall, while the Kia, with its smaller battery, can be recharged from 0-100% in around six-and-a-half hours.
In This Review
- 1IntroVauxhall's new Mokka-e electric SUV takes on the more established Kia e-Niro in our compact electric SUV twin test
- 2Range and charging - currently readingThe 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