There is no doubt about it, the new Opel Mokka is one hot, good looking car! From the chiselled lines and Opel’s new “vizor” face to the gloss black roof, 17-inch alloy wheels, blacked-out sections on the bumpers, and the Opel’s LED head- and tail-lamps, you can’t help but be wowed by this flashy vehicle.

But does it have what it takes to compete with the other compact crossover SUV’s? We here at Reeds are going to find out for you!

Edgy & Sporty

Although the Mokka is built on the same underpinnings as the Peugeot 2008, it’s does not look like it at all. It’s about the same width, but 150mm shorter and fractionally lower than the 2008 making the Mokka much more sporty-looking than its French cousin. This is even more emphasised by the bonnet with its edgy centre “spine” – a feature taken from the iconic Manta coupé.

Under the bonnet

What’s going on under that bonnet, though? Does the Mokka have the ability and power to match its sporty exterior? We think so! Even though it ‘only’ sports a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine, it delivers 96 kW and a substantial 230 Nm of torque. Power is going to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission which is really well-matched to the small-capacity engine’s power-delivery characteristics.

Beating the competition

The Opel Mokka is lighter than most of its competitors but is able to provide a relaxed, refined cruise on the open road while having an edge on most rivals with regards to fuel efficiency. We were impressed with the wonderful balance of roll-free, sharp dynamics and suppleness that this car delivers, something else you don’t find often in a compact car.

An abundance of features

In terms of features, the Mokka has it all. If you go for the flagship 1.2T GS Line, you’ll be able to enjoy a high-res digital dashboard, as well as a 10-inch infotainment system and built-in navigation. A wireless smartphone charging pad is provided at the front as well.

You can enjoy all of this sitting in ultra-comfortable seats with smart leather upholstery, as well as (fake) carbon-fibre trim and satin-silver finishes in the overall mysteriously dark interior. Dual-zone climate control is standard, as are auto lights and -wipers.

We had high expectations for driving and handling and the Mokka certainly did not disappoint. This beauty rides bumps in a manner that we’d only expect from a bigger, luxury car while at the same time the handling remains precise when the car’s made to corner quickly.

Very Safe

And what about safety? The Mokka is a very safe car. It offers a comprehensive suite of active safety features to help keep you safe, including (but not limited to) speed-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control (with stop and go), active lane-keep assist, forward-collision avoidance and driver-attention alert.

Not just good looks

Our verdict? The Opel Mokka is not just good looks but offers the complete package (and more)!

Can you see yourself behind the wheel of this beauty? Contact your nearest Reeds branch now to book a test drive!