Opel launched the Mokka crossover in South Africa, albeit isn’t that new-with sales having begun in 2012. Ok, we’re still a developing State, if I may.
During our pleasant test drive it had already made it presence felt abroad, but as things stand you enjoyed staring at it, yes YOU!
It will be seen if it will compete in the same segment as Nissan Juke Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage and Mazda CX, but its torque should stand shoulders ahead of the mentioned competitors. Its torque is 200Nm between 1 850rpm and 4 900rpm.
The Mokka is tasteful and conventional, with the obligatory sprinkling of ruggedness we expect on a crossover.
Being a huge fan of the steering wheel that General Motors uses in several of its products, which fits perfectly in one’s palms. And the elevated driving position affirms why crossovers and SUVs are so alluring. It offers a greater sense of command than what you would get in a conventional hatchback.
The cabin is refined but a little tight, the drivetrain is unspectacular but competent.
Based on General Motors’ generic Gamma II platform (shared with the Chevrolet Aveo) it is high – all-important – substantial in feel, well-built and moderately capable on dirt, sporting as it does a set of effectively rugged 205/60 R 17 tyres.
There is no diesel or 4×4 variant offered.
Two specifications levels are offered, Enjoy and Cosmo and both are well kitted out. Both also share the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which does the job adequately.
On the road the 1.4 turbo, with an automatic gearbox, lacked the finesse or the grunt of the the bravery of the Renault.
The ride quality is acceptably compliant, with the accent on comfort, but economy suffers as a result of the constant shifting to get the best out of the 1.4-litre engine.
The 2015 Opel Mokka is fitted with engine 1 398cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged and power 103kW between 4 900rpm and 6 000rpm.
It clogs 0-100km/h 9.8 seconds with top speed of 191km/h.
Because we tested the automatic, it was seamless on gravel and nature came to the party- when it began raining. It stood its ground, stru!
Last year, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that more than half a billion euros would be ploughed into Opel. And we’re seeing the fruits of this investment already.
Retail price: R298 500 (Enjoy automatic).
Performance- 1-10 (5)
Petrol: 1-10 (6)