Opel Mokka - the nippy little SUV

2017-08-23 06:00
The Opel Mokka has benefits of a little car and the comfort of an SUV.Photo: quickpic

The Opel Mokka has benefits of a little car and the comfort of an SUV.Photo: quickpic

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BEING a lover of “nippy” cars that are convenient to zoom around cities in, I was surprised that I loved everything about the Opel Mokka Cosmo.

This car is perfect for a singleton or a family. I am not sure how Opel pulled it off, but it is the perfect blend of an SUV and a compact car.

The compact SUV has ample space to seat a family of five while you will not have to drive around in circles looking for the perfect parking space – it fits into just about most parking bays. It is a perfect fit for me. The good news is the boot space has not been compromised.

I drove the Mokka 1.4T Cosmo 6MT and the only thing I had to get used to was changing gears to six. I felt at home the minute I got into the driver’s seat.

The interior has a “spaceship”-type feel to it with its new infotainment system and driver displays. At first glance, there is a lot going on, but the system display for the driver is easy to figure out with the controls being on the steering and indicator arm.

However, a negative for me was the big screen and other settings. I felt I needed a manual to understand how to use the system efficiently. I am not sure if I was able to figure out everything at the end of the week. I did find it a tad bit distracting at times.

A lot of attention has been paid to safety in this vehicle. While at first, I felt a bit overwhelmed with the constant beeping every time I indicated or attempted to reverse, but the car is sensitive to everything around it, including pedestrians and pets. It would be very difficult to make a mistake driving this car.

The car also has some bonus luxuries, including heated seats. This is not a feature that is required in Durban often, but you can use the heated seat function when the leather interior gets a bit cold.

My absolute favourite feature is the fuel economy. It felt like a full tank of fuel could get me to the moon and back. The economy on average for city running around was 6.5L/100km, while the average of the long distance, travelling on the N2 and N3, was much lower. Also most times, I travelled with family, which is four adults, and occasionally, luggage.

If you’re looking for versatility, safety and convenience, then test drive the Opel Mokka, you will have to look no further.

The Opel Mokka 1.4L Cosmo 6MT is available from R357 400.

 

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