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Vauxhall Mokka Electric review

The head-turning Vauxhall Mokka Electric won’t shock you out on the road, but it’s high price might

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Stylish looks
  • Good standard equipment
  • Decent range and charging speeds

Cons

  • Not the most fun
  • Slightly cramped rear seats
  • Some rivals are more practical
Car typeElectric rangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Electric209 miles7hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)31mins (10-80%, 100kW)

Vauxhall Mokka Electric verdict

The Vauxhall Mokka Electric is one of the UK’s best-selling EVs and while it certainly looks the part, there are much better – and cheaper – options out there. Around town, the Mokka offers a relaxed and comfortable ride, but rivals like the Smart #1 and Renault Megane E-Tech are not only more fun to drive on a twisty B-road, they can go further on a charge, too. Regardless, if you’re already looking at the best-selling Corsa Electric and need a little extra space, the Mokka shouldn’t disappoint too much – especially on a competitive finance deal.

Range details, specs and alternatives

You can think of the Vauxhall Mokka Electric as a jacked-up version of the top-selling Vauxhall Corsa Electric supermini. Like its smaller sibling, the electric Mokka shares its underpinnings with other brand’s small SUVs, such as the Peugeot e-2008, Citroen e-C4 and the Jeep Avenger. It also acts as a rival for the likes of the Kia Niro EV, Smart #1 and Renault Megane E-Tech.

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Visually, there’s not much to distinguish the electric Mokka between its petrol counterpart, aside from a discreet ‘e’ badge on the bootlid. Underneath, there are bigger changes as instead of a traditional internal combustion engine, the plug-in Mokka is powered by a 50kWh battery, mated to a 134bhp electric motor. From a standstill, the Mokka Electric will reach 62 mph in 8.5 seconds, while Vauxhall claims it’ll do up to 209 miles on a single charge – almost 100 miles less than the equivalent Hyundai Kona Electric.

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Thankfully, Vauxhall announced earlier in 2023 that the Mokka Electric is to receive an upgrade to bring it in-line with the aforementioned Jeep Avenger. This will introduce a larger 54kWh battery pack to bring range up to a maximum of 252 miles, while a more powerful 154bhp electric motor should counterbalance the extra weight added. The British brand said the updated Mokka was to go on sale in March, but as of the time of writing, the online configurator still only displays the old model.

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Regardless of whether you’re looking at the old or new Mokka Electric, both come as standard with 100kW rapid charging capabilities; Vauxhall says it’s possible to charge the car from 10-80% in around half-an-hour when connected to a compatible public rapid charger.

Like the larger Vauxhall Astra Electric, the zero-emissions Mokka is rather expensive and only available in relatively high specifications. There are two to choose from: GS and Ultimate. We think the ‘entry-level’ – we use that word loosely as a circa-£40k electric SUV is far from ‘entry-level’ – has all the standard equipment most drivers could need.

All cars get LED exterior lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, single-zone climate controls, heated front seats, lane-keep assist and a reversing camera. Vauxhall’s ‘Pure Panel’ infotainment setup is also standard which comprises a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, alongside a 10-inch central touchscreen; these are arranged to look like the Mokka’s ‘Vizor’ front grille and come preloaded with sat-nav, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

If you can bring yourself to step up to the £41,000 Mokka Electric Ultimate, you’ll be compensated with extra goodies like Matrix LED headlights, leather and Alcantara suede seats, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. We don’t think it’s worth the extra cash, though.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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