The market for electric compact SUVs seems to be getting better every day. And Vauxhall isn’t one to stay behind, with the company finally announcing that it’s opening orders for the new Mokka Electric Long-Range.
If the name didn’t allude to it, this version comes with, a longer WLTP range capability thanks to the 54kWh battery (same as the facelifted Peugeot e-208) and is capable of up to 4.1 miles per kWh. The new model sees an upgrade by over 20 per cent to take its range up to 252 miles.
Available to order from March, the updated Mokka Electric is priced from £36,610 for the extended-range car, which uses a larger, 54kWh unit for a 252-mile range.
It will cost £1000 more across each of the three trim levels, making it less expensive than the equivalent Hyundai Kona Electric, which we just reviewed (and liked quite a bit) on ev.tips. However, its range is still 67 miles shorter than the Hyundai’s, which also launched a jazzed-up, sporty version of the Kona, under the name N Line.
There’s also a brand-new 115kW electric motor in store, which Vauxhall says is more efficient and quieter and produces 260Nm of torque. Drivers can choose between three driving modes; Eco, Normal, and Sport, and range can be preserved by activating ‘B’ mode via a button on the gear selector to increase the level of regenerative braking.
The new Mokka Electric is not too bad in the acceleration department either. The British manufacturer says that it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 9 seconds (0.2 seconds faster than the 136PS powertrain) and achieves a top speed of 93mph, which is not the best in its category (it’s beaten by the Kona again), but more or less in the ballpark of what we are usually seen being offered by most carmakers.
The Mokka also is a special car for other reasons. It was the first Vauxhall to be available with a fully electric powertrain from launch. Drivers can now choose between two powertrain options on the Mokka Electric. The existing 136PS powertrain will remain available alongside the new Long Range variant, with its 50kWh battery offering a range of up to 209 miles (WLTP).
The available trim levels are Design, GS, and Ultimate. Design cars get 17-inch alloys, a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, and a 7.0in digital instrument cluster.
GS trim starts at £38,985 and the top-spec Ultimate trim costs a further £2310 more. Both of these get sportier trim elements inside and out, along with diamond-cut 18in alloys and red detailing. The infotainment screen is increased to 10.0in and there’s additional tech such as adaptive cruise control, matrix LED headlights and massaging seats trimmed in Alcantara.