You Speak Mokka: Opel crosses over with its new Mokka


In the not-to-distant past, the term SUV (Sports-Utility-Vehicle) would most definitely have conjured up an image of a massive, high-riding behemoth that drank fuel faster than it leaked out of a sinking tanker.

Fast forward to 2015, the SUV has undergone a dramatic change as more and more manufactures are downsizing towards the smaller more frugal crossover; the latest addition to the compact niche being the new Opel Mokka.

Launched in Europe three years ago, the Mokka uses the same platform as the Chevrolet Sonic and has proved to be a massive success with global sales having peaked at 240 000 units so far.

Aesthetically, the combination of strong lines, smart 18-inch alloy wheels, satin silver roof rails and skidplates, chromed grille and black plastic cladding not only affords it a youthful appearance, but a touch of sportiness and the impression that it doesn’t mind venturing (not to far) off the black stuff.

Inside, the Mokka’s cab continues to impress with soft touch plastics dominating the dashboard, while the addition of brushed aluminium inserts on the doors, steering wheel, at the base of the centre console and gear lever, reflects its premium status.

As is often the case, our range topping Cosmo tester came fitted with just about every feature warranted such as dual-zone climate control, six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth audio streaming as well as USB and Aux input, reverse camera with front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, auto on/off lights, electric windows, rain sense wipers, Hill Start Assist, heated steering wheel, six airbags as well as ABS, EBD and ESP.

Up front, the Mokka makes use of Opel’s proven 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol that develops 103 kW and 200 N.m of torque. Although my previous experience with this engine in the Chevrolet Cruze and Opel Astra turned out to be pleasant, the fitment of a six-speed automatic gearbox in the Mokka was to be a first.

Geared towards comfort rather than performance, the box does good at harnessing the engine’s power and allows the Mokka to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 10.7 sec and on to 191 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 L/100 km.

In truth, my time with the Opel Mokka was enjoyable.

Given my reservations towards auto boxes, I soon fell for the Mokka’s charm and can vouch that it has done the impossible.

To book a test drive, visit Williams Hunt William Moffett, corner of Knight Street and William Moffett Expressway, or contact them on 041 396 4600.