By Malusi Msomi
When Opel announced the new Mokka, I was quite impressed with the looks. When it landed on my door step to review, I was even more impressed because it looked better in the metal. The new Opel Mokka GS Line is quite the package as the engineers packaged it quite neatly in terms of design, tech, and safety.
The Mokka is a quirky-styled crossover SUV. It spots Opel’s latest design language and as standard you get LED headlights, L-shaped DRLs as well as taillights, 17-inch wheels, and a contrasting roof for this range (GS Line).
The inside of the Mokka is as quirky as the outside. The interior of the is also stunning with the driver getting a 12-inch digital cluster whilst the infotainment is a 10-inch touch screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As standard you wireless charging, as well as heated and massage leather seats. In terms of practicality, the seats are comfy with the driver benefiting from heated and massage seats. There’s also adequate cabin which is matched by a decently sized boot.
Powering the Mokka GS Line is a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol which produces 96kW/230Nm and is paired to an 8-speed automatic. The engine is punchy but is slightly let down by the transmission as it tends to hold gears far too long at low speeds. With that being said, on the highway it performs pretty well with smooth shifts. The ride is commendable on most road surfaces and is pretty fun to drive on twisties. Opel claims 6.1 l/100 km but we managed a reasonable 6.9 l/100 km.
In terms of safety, the Mokka GS Line is specced pretty well. You get LED Matrix Headlights, radar guided cruise control, forward collision warning, and 180-degree rear-view camera.
The Opole Mokka is a solid offering in terms of design, tech and driving characteristics. The GS Line starts from R539 900 and at that price point faces competition from the likes of the VW T-Cross, Peugeot 2008 GT and Citroen C3 Aircross.
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