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Opel Mokka in the driving report: Lightning SUV with a pleasant aroma

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Opel Mokka in the driving report
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E s must have slowly hurt your ears , the cash register ringing at the competition. If their small SUVs were literally over the counter, the surfaces would have been rubbed clean. Because if anything is booming, it's SUVs - especially the affordable ones for Mini Countryman, Nissan Juke, Skoda Yeti and VW Tiguan. And Opel? Delivers with the clone of the Chevrolet Captiva called Antara a model with a - well - comparatively modest box office success. But the future smells of success, it smells of mocha, Opel Mokka.

Opel Mokka between lifestyle king and best seller

It is 4.28 meters long and so it is pretty well sorted between the lifestyle king Mini Countryman and the bestseller VW Tiguan. Only when it comes to price does it park as a basic version at 18,990 euros below the Mini, which is not available for less than 20,200 euros. The Nissan Juke comes home from 15,690 euros, but then has to do without useful things such as air conditioning. This is just as obligatory for the Opel Mokka as a stereo system, adjustable steering column, start-stop system and cruise control.

Under the hood of the Opel Mokka, at least a 115 hp 1.6-liter draws in without turbo aid, more peppy It is the 1.4-liter turbo with 140 hp, but still without direct injection. This is currently only available for the 130 hp 1.7 liter turbodiesel. The charged gasoline engine pushes off evenly, but becomes noticeably grumpy at the top. Whoever orders it automatically receives all-wheel drive. And automatic is the keyword for the Opel Mokka 4x4, whose power is distributed without the driver having to do anything. The electronically controlled clutch sits in front of the rear axle and distributes a maximum of 50 percent of the engine torque to it if slip occurs. Normally the 1.5 tonne Opel Mokka drives fuel-efficiently with pure front-wheel drive.

Adult style in the cockpit

While the 4x4 system was newly developed, the Korean-made compact SUV is otherwise based on the Group's own so-called Sub-B platform. Parts of Astra, Meriva, Zafira and Insignia are mixed here. However, anyone who speaks of a high-set Corsa in front of Opel people should take cover straight away - and rightly so: The Opel Mokka is much more than that. Speaking of axles: one works at the rear, as is usual in the Opel compact classTwist-beam axle, individually tailored for front and all-wheel drive models. Opel shows a fine hand with the airy interior. The front seats - depending on the version with the AGR seal of approval - offer a wide adjustment range and comfortable contour, the cockpit a grown-up style.

The Opel Mokka steers smoothly and very precisely, but somewhat synthetic, and springs properly , can only be used on transverse joints. Exemplary on the other hand: bright optional light and assistance options for lane keeping, distance control and collision warning. So there is a good chance that the earache will subside.


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