Just saying the words Mokka makes you think of that much needed warm kiss in the morning from your favourite cup of coffee. That’s how I felt behind the wheel of the newly launched third-generation Opel Mokka.

I recently jetted out of Johannesburg to the Western Cape, to go experience what Opel’s new baby is all about. Suffice to say that I was happy to have made the trip to the fairest Cape. We were given the opportunity to drive her down to Durbanville before indulging in some German sausages as part of the lunch spread. Quite appropriate of course.

Anyway back to the car. Let’s start with the looks. Aesthetically alone, I must say I was thoroughly impressed by the design. The car has a built in spoiler on the boot, which gives it a nice sporty vibe especially the GS Line.

Speaking of which, the Mokka comes in two offerings, namely the entry-level Elegance and the GS Line. I can’t say the differences are all that vast between them and you would be more than happy with either one. But if you can afford to, push for the GS Line because that comes with standard leather seats, stunning black rims, standard LED Matrix headlights, and a black roof. Which sets you apart from everyone else.

I loved the interior. Everything is digital in what Opel calls a “digital detox”. We drove the GS Line that comes with the leather trim. Both versions of the Mokka have heated front seats. As is standard these days, the 25.4cm touch screen infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another nice touch is the ability to charge your latest smartphone via the wireless charging pad. No more clumsy cables. Keyless Start/stop. Keyless entry and exit. So when you walk away from the car, it automatically locks or unlocks as you approach. Which is nice because I hate fiddling for keys in my bag.

My only gripe about the car design on the inside is the placing of the emergency button. Took me and my driving partner some time to locate it because of its positioning on the dashboard.

In terms of the drive, the Mokka handles well, sits firmly on the ground and around corners. I for one have always liked a car that doesn’t feel as though I would struggle to maintain a level of control should I encounter a light gust. So that is a definite thumbs up.

The Mokka is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine producing 96kW and 230Nm. Both models are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, sending it to the front wheels. Petrol only; there’s no diesel offering.

My overall view; it is well worth looking at the Mokka. Pricewise, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It is chic, sporty and has plenty of boot space for all those weekend trips, daily school runs and everything else in between. If you’re in the market for a sub-compact crossover or SUV, head over to Opel for a test drive.

Opel Mokka Prices

Elegance – R469 900

GS Line – R519 900

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