Opel Mokka: can it compete in this fiercely competitive segment?

This is the all new Opel Mokka and it comes in just two flavours. Expensive and more expensive. The ‘base’ unit comes in at R470k (called the Elegance) and the ‘big’ unit at R520k (called the GS). Or is it better value than that?

This is a B segment SUV – and this segment alone is now around 25% of the passenger vehicle market. It’s thus a highly competitive space. So what was Opel thinking when placing the Mokka at this kind of price point?

There has to be a rationale and I think I have found it. The car is spec’d to impress – after all, what other car other than a Mercedes S Class offers you a massaging seat? Yes, that is singular – only the driver’s seat has the massaging function but that’s okay because you will want to be the driver in this delightfully different, all digital daily driver. That’s right, the Mokka’s dashboard is fully digital and allows you to set it up just the way you want it and then click ‘save’. Voila!

Under the bonnet lies a 1.2l turbocharged petrol motor producing 96kw and 230Nm, mated to an 8 speed auto box that is an absolute peach. I could not find the Mokka out of sorts – it was always in the right gear at the right time and as much as I am one who loves manual paddles for changing gears, on the Mokka I think I might be able to live without them. The ride is also peachy – firm but comfortable, grippy yet supple. I loved it – I think Opel have the balance spot on for this car and where it is likely to find itself in its day to day activities.

Then you come to the list of features that start to really justify the price tag. Active lane keep assist, clever headlamps that auto dim to prevent dazzle for oncoming drivers, pre collision alert and active brake intervention (I need some brave pills to try this out) and so the list continues far beyond the price point.

It actually almost gets to the point where I have to ask what is missing? Perhaps a powered tailgate? There is no sunroof. Maybe a bigger wireless charging mat? We’re really beginning to split hairs though. The Mokka is a revelation of a car that to be perfectly honest took me a little by surprise. It was wholly pleasant.

Pricing

Opel Mokka 1.2T Elegance R 469 900

Opel Mokka 1.2T GS Line R 519 900

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