The Opel Astra Electric is expected in Ireland before the end of 2023

Opel Astra Electric Review

Read Caroline's Opel Astra Electric review for everything you need to know about Opel's new electric hatchback arriving in Ireland later in 2023.

The Opel Astra is one of the perennials of the compact class. It's been around for years and now for the first time ever, the Astra goes fully electric.

In 2022, Opel Ireland launched the new Astra here with petrol and diesel versions, followed by a plug-in hybrid. It went on to win Irish Compact Car of the Year 2023.

The new Opel Astra Electric is expected before the end of the year and is powered by a 54kWh battery with a range of up to 418 kilometres (WLTP).

Caroline travelled to Berlin to drive the new Astra Electric.

The Opel Astra Electric is expected in Ireland before the end of 2023
The Opel Astra Electric is expected in Ireland before the end of 2023

Styling

The Astra Electric shares the same sharp design as the rest of the Astra range. With the striking Opel 'Vizor' face matched to a bright colour, the Astra Electric really stands out as something quite sporty and exciting on the road. It's a high spec car with a black contrast roof as standard and black wing mirror caps. Other distinguishing features include a small 'e' on the boot lid and a unique front bumper design. The Astra Electric also comes with a special set of 18-inch alloy wheels with an aerodynamic design.

Interior

Inside the Astra Electric feels instantly familiar with a cabin design that is identical to petrol/diesel and plug-in hybrid variants of the classic hatchback. There is a sturdy steering wheel and all the controls are logically laid out. The centre console wraps neatly around you for a driver-focused feel, with the drive selector falling easily to hand with a simple rocker switch. There’s a full digital instrument cluster for the driver and a large touchscreen that’s simple to use, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and buttons for the ventilation.

Like the rest of the Astra range, the driver's seat is AGR-certified so it's very comfortable and supportive, with optional Alcantara trim. The quality and build of the car feels nicely solid. Other features include heated steering wheel, heated seats, 360-degree camera, wireless smartphone charging, and a heads-up display - though final specs for Ireland are not available yet.

The cabin of the Astra Electric
The cabin of the Astra Electric

Practicality

Opel planned to put a battery in the Astra along with fuel engines from the start of development, so there's no loss to interior space. The Astra Electric hatchback will seat five and provides adequate accommodation for adults and children. However it doesn't feel quite as open and spacious as some electric hatchbacks in the back, like the ID.3 and MG4 that are built on exclusive EV platforms.

Boot volume in the hatchback is the same as the plug-in hybrid at 352 litres. That's fine, though not quite as large as a Renault Megane E-Tech for example (440 litres). But there's also a larger Astra Electric Sports Tourer expected with 516 litres.

Battery

There's just one battery available and Opel pitches it as 'right-sized' for the car, without adding excessive weight. Opel Astra Electric uses a 54kWh battery with up to 418 kilometres of range (WLTP). A heat pump comes as standard to improve the performance of the battery in cold weather.

The Astra Electric uses a 54kWh battery with a range of up to 418 kilometres (WLTP)
The Astra Electric uses a 54kWh battery with a range of up to 418 kilometres (WLTP)

Charging

DC fast charging is possible up to 100kW giving you an 80% battery charge in 30 minutes. AC charging is possible up to 11kW.

Driving

Opel has made a few tweaks to Astra Electric including a different underbody and rear axle design, increased torsional stiffness by 31%, and measures to make the cabin quieter. There's a new 156hp motor with 270Nm of torque taking the Astra to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds. Performance is fine but it won't really throw you back in your seat! There are driving modes like Sport, Normal and Eco to tweak the car's behaviour somewhat. There's also a 'B' mode to enhance regenerative braking.

It's a pleasant car to drive, with a good driving position and impressive refinement thanks to laminated glass. Being an Opel it's also 'Autobahn-proof' with well-weighted steering that means it's easy to keep in lane on the motorway and a steady, solid feel. And a top speed of 170km/h should you find yourself in Germany!

It's also very efficient with consumption as low as 14.8kWh per 100 kilometres, which is surprisingly easy to replicate in reality.

Boot space in the Astra Electric
Boot space in the Astra Electric

Pricing

The Opel Astra Electric SC is available from €39,597, while the GS model is available from €42,543. Prices inclusive of SEAI grant and VRT relief

Verdict

Opel is on a charge now to 2028, when the brand will be fully electric in Europe.

Following on from the Corsa Electric and the Mokka Electric, new Astra Electric gives the German car brand a presence in the market for compact electric hatchbacks.

It's stiff competition, battles being fought over not just range and technology, but also on price.

Yet there is a familiarity to the Astra Electric that for some buyers will make the switch to electric a whole lot easier.

The Astra Electric stands out for much of the great qualities of the rest of the range - the sharp, sporty styling, the classic cabin and the sweetness of the drive. But builds on it with zero tailpipe emissions and an extra helping of smoothness and refinement.

Pricing will be announced closer to the launch of Astra Electric at the end of 2023

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Astra Electric is a good-looking electric hatchback
The Astra Electric is a good-looking electric hatchback

The Opel Grandland GSe is expected in Ireland in 2023

Opel Grandland GSe Review

The Opel Grandland GSe is a new top of the range, more performance-oriented Grandland plug-in hybrid with 300hp, all wheel drive, sportier styling and improved handling.

Along with the new Opel Astra GSe, it’s one of the first Opels to wear the brand’s new GSe badge, which stands for Grand Sport Electric and blends Opel’s sporty heritage with their electric future.

Caroline travelled to Malaga, Spain, with Opel Ireland to drive the new Grandland GSe ahead of its arrival in Ireland very soon.

The Opel Grandland GSe is expected in Ireland in 2023
The Opel Grandland GSe is expected in Ireland in 2023

Styling

The Grandland GSe gets some sporty distinguishing features that really lift the styling of Opel's family SUV. Diamond cut 19-inch alloy wheels with an Opel Manta GSe inspired design come as standard, a sportier front bumper, unique rear diffuser, as well as the Opel black pack that includes a striking black bonnet and blacked out Opel badges and lettering.

Interior

AGR-certified Alcantara-trimmed front sports seats are a new addition to the cabin of the Grandland GSe. They are comfortable and supportive, but it's a shame there are not a few more sportier touches to the cabin. The cabin is quite plain for a top of the range Grandland, though it does come well-equipped with heated steering wheel, heated seats, 10-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 12-inch driver information display, parking sensors, 360-degree camera, side blind spot alert, night vision, lane keeping and change assist, enhanced traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and start, dark tinted privacy rear windows, ambient lighting and AFL Pixel Matrix LED lighting.

Practicality

The Grandland GSe is a mid-size, five seat SUV and feels roomy inside with plenty of space for adult passengers. However, being a hybrid Grandland means that boot volume is reduced from 514 litres in petrol and diesel versions, to 390 litres in the hybrid. That's still more than the Astra GSe's boot and enough to swallow a few suitcases.

The interior of the new Grandland GSe
The interior of the new Grandland GSe

Engine

The old top of the range Grandland plug-in hybrid is replaced with the new Grandland GSe model. The powertrain is the same so it's still a 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid putting out 300hp from an electric motor on the front and rear axle. It has 520Nm of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds, which is actually quicker than the new Astra GSe. The Grandland GSe also gets some technical updates to improve its handling. Blending power with efficiency, the Grandland GSe is capable of up to 63 kilometres of electric driving on a full battery.

Driving

The Opel Grandland GSe has been designed to be more performance-oriented than the rest of the range. The GSe gets unique suspension and steering calibration. Just like the Astra GSe, there are firmer springs and dampers with Frequency Selective Damping technology. The Grandland GSe shows impressive composure in fast cornering but the ride quality does suffer and it feels quite firm over the road surface compared to the Astra GSe - or even more standard versions of the Grandland. Acceleration is brisk with the extra grip from the four wheel drive system making it feel secure across different road types.

Sports seats in the Grandland GSe
Sports seats in the Grandland GSe

Pricing

The new Opel Grandland GSe is available from €59,995 in Ireland. The standard front wheel drive Grandland plug-in hybrid with 225hp is available from €47,995.

Verdict

The GSe badge adds some prestige to Opel's top of the range, four wheel drive Grandland plug-in hybrid. It's a smart-looking SUV, but the cabin feels a bit dull by comparison, with the new sports seats the only nod to the GSe's sporty upgrade.

Under the skin, there's been a bit more work to enhance the Grandland's performance. It's a very composed SUV when you want to quicken the pace but the GSe makeover still fails to fully ignite a sporty character for Opel's family SUV.

As a top of the range, plug-in hybrid SUV with unique style, the Grandland can make a case for itself - though the price tag will keep the Grandland GSe a niche buy in Ireland.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The new Opel Grandland GSe is on sale now
The new Opel Grandland GSe is on sale now

The Opel Astra GSe is expected in Ireland in 2023

Opel Astra GSe Review

The Opel Astra GSe is a new top of the range, more performance-oriented Astra plug-in hybrid with 225hp, sportier styling and improved handling.

It's also one of the first Opels to wear the brand's new GSe badge, alongside the new Opel Grandland GSe.

GSe stands for Grand Sport Electric and blends Opel's sporty heritage with their electric future.

Caroline travelled to Malaga, Spain, with Opel Ireland to drive the new Astra GSe, which will be available as a hatchback and as an estate.

It's expected in Ireland in the next few months. It will sit at the top of the newly launched Astra range - Irish Compact Car of the Year 2023 - and is on sale priced from €52,695.

The Opel Astra GSe is expected in Ireland in 2023
The Opel Astra GSe is expected in Ireland in 2023

Styling

The new Opel Astra is already one of the most dynamic looking cars in its class with sharp styling and compact dimensions. The Astra GSe builds on the sporty look of the Opel Astra SRI with 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels with a unique design inspired by the Opel Manta GSe Elektromod concept, a sportier front bumper with larger glossy black intake, and the new GSe badge on the boot lid. The new Astra GSe is a good-looking car with lots of presence, especially finished in white, and has as much kerb appeal as a Cupra Leon e-Hybrid.

There's also a stylish Astra Sports Tourer GSe available with the same sporty design features.

Interior

Inside the Astra GSe gets new GSe-branded, Alcantara and leather-effect sports seats. Like the rest of the Astra range, the seats are AGR certified so they are very comfortable and supportive. Alcantara also features in the door panels. Though overall the cabin doesn't feel as posh as a Volkswagen Golf GTE. The Astra GSe does get lots of standard equipment like heated steering wheel and seats, parking sensors, 360-degree camera, wireless smartphone charging, as well as lots of safety features. There's also a full digital instrument cluster for the driver and a large touchscreen that's simple to use, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The interior of the Opel Astra GSe
The interior of the Opel Astra GSe

Practicality

The Astra GSe hatchback will seat five and provides adequate accommodation for adults and children. However, if you opt for the Astra GSe, boot volume is reduced from 422 litres in petrol and diesel Astras, to 352 litres in the hybrid. Though that's still more than in a Cupra Leon e-Hybrid or Volkswagen Golf GTE.

The Astra GSe Sports Tourer is the best for practicality with a longer wheelbase giving a feeling of more space in the rear seat, a bigger boot and larger rear door openings.

Engine

The Opel Astra GSe uses a 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain with a range-topping 225hp and power goes to the front wheels. It has 360Nm of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds. That's just marginally quicker than the Astra plug-in hybrid with 180hp already on sale, but it's the technical updates that make the Astra GSe more special.

Up to 64 kilometres of electric driving is possible on a full battery, and it takes less than 2 hours to charge the battery from a 22kW charger.

The Astra GSe is a more performance oriented plug-in hybrid
The Astra GSe is a more performance-oriented plug-in hybrid

Driving

The Opel Astra GSe has been designed to be more performance-oriented so Opel engineers have made adjustments to the chassis, suspension and steering to achieve better handling characteristics. There are three driving modes - Electric, Hybrid and Sport. Pop it into Sport mode and there's also an enhanced GSe sound.

The handling is improved over a standard Astra plug-in hybrid and feels faster and more secure over the tarmac. Opel Astra GSe models have a dedicated chassis that has been lowered by 10 millimetres for greater stability in the corners. The steering also gets a sportier calibration and is faster and more responsive. The front and rear suspension have unique springs and oil-filled dampers with Frequency Selective Damping, which makes the Astra feel remarkably comfortable, yet controlled in the corners. The ESP settings are also exclusive to GSe models, allowing more slip before intervening. The Astra GSe is certainly a top handling car, though it feels more like a swift and capable hybrid than a hot hatchback.

Pricing

The new Opel GSe hatchback is available from €52,695 in Ireland. The standard Astra plug-in hybrid with 180hp is available from €45,995.

The new Opel Astra GSe offers power and efficiency
The new Opel Astra GSe offers power and efficiency

Verdict

Alongside the new Opel Grandland GSe, the Astra GSe is one of the first Opels from their new sub-brand of dynamic, electrified models. The GSe badge taps into Opel's sporty heritage with cars like the Opel Manta and Monza, but it's sporty performance for a new era.

Styling updates are subtle inside and out, though the interior does benefit from those new sports seats. Aside from that, the interior is a little bland - but it does come well-equipped.

This is an expensive Astra yet Opel engineers do deserve credit for the tweaks made to improve the Astra's handling. The GSe does feel more sophisticated on the road than the rest of the range, with a quiet and smooth plug-in hybrid powertrain that offers both efficiency and power.

Is it enough? The Astra GSe will be a niche model in Ireland but it is great to see a revival of Opel's sporty performance badge for a new electrified era.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The new Opel Astra on test for Changing Lanes!

Opel Astra Review

Read Caroline's Opel Astra review for everything you need to know about buying the popular Astra hatchback in Ireland.

The Opel Astra returns in 2022 with a new generation of Opel's perennial hatchback. Since the last version of the Astra was launched, Opel is now part of the Stellantis Group so this is a real fresh start for the Opel Astra. In Ireland, Opel also has a new distributor.

In recent years, SUVs have put the squeeze on cars like the Opel Astra and key rivals like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. But before SUVs and crossovers became fashionable, many kids would have grown up in the back of hatchbacks like this.

These days hatchbacks like the new Opel Astra look like good value beside a similarly sized SUV. In Ireland, the new Opel Astra goes on sale priced from a very attractive €27,995.

There are petrol and diesel engines from launch, but a hybrid is expected soon and a full electric Astra by the end of 2023.

The new Opel Astra on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Opel Astra on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Opel Astra?

Just look at it! The Astra is now one of the best looking hatchbacks you can buy. Since last year's Opel Mokka, Opel seems to have real direction now when it comes to styling. The design language is sharp and sporty, and the new Astra gets the new Opel 'face'. The brand calls it the 'Vizor' face and it's a gamechanger for Opel.

The Astra kind of harks back to some of the great Opels of the past, while being really modern too. A black panel stretches across the front of the car with the Opel blitz blacked out in SRI models like the one on test for Changing Lanes. There is a sharp charismatic crease in the bonnet that brings the front of the car together in a perfect V. The 'gill' effect in the C pillar is a nod to the Kadett, the Astra's predecessor.

LED lighting front and rear completes the great new look for the Opel Astra.

There are three trim levels - SC, SRI and Elite - which all alter the look of the new Astra somewhat. But SRI models (from €31,995) look the best to our eyes and offer a good compromise between price and equipment. They get sporty black 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, black wing mirror caps, and a black contrast roof, as well as that blacked out Opel blitz at the front and rear of the car.

There's also a brand new interior and Opel has tuned the Astra 'to make it an Opel' though it shares much in common with other cars from the Stellantis Group like the recently launched Peugeot 308. Has it worked?

The interior of the new Opel Astra
The interior of the new Opel Astra

Driving the Opel Astra

The most affordable entry into the new Astra range is the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 110hp or 130hp, and a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed gearbox (130hp only).

On test for Changing Lanes was the Opel Astra SRI 1.2 petrol with 130hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox. It's a fabulous option for this new Astra, well-priced and offering lively performance and reasonable economy for a petrol hatchback too. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres.

But the best thing is just how fun this car is to drive. For sure, I don't drive many manuals these days with the rise in electric cars and hybrids. There is something distinctly tactile and engaging about driving this Astra manual. The handling is sharp and composed, and the car grips well through corners.

Being an Opel and a German car, it's also 'Autobahnproof' so stays nice and steady on the motorway too! Refinement has been improved over the previous generation of the car, and the Astra has excellent road manners.

The 1.5-litre diesel with 130hp will offer better economy if you do a lot of high speed motorway driving for example.

We can also expect a new hybrid at some point over the next few months with two different power outputs -180hp and 225hp - and the ability to be plugged in, charged and driven electric for up to 60 kilometres.

The new Astra goes on sale priced from €27,995
The new Astra goes on sale priced from €27,995

Inside the new Astra

The interior of the new Astra has also been transformed into a modern, digital cabin. One of the first things that strikes you is just how good the seats are. They are 'AGR' approved, which means they are some of the best you will find in the compact class.

Cabin quality is about 'middle of the road' we would say. Everything in your direct line of sight looks good but the fit of some of the buttons below the infotainment screen and the exposed hard plastics in the door panels seem at odds with how polished this car is in other areas.

Still, the Astra interior seems to vibe nicely with this car's modern, sporty styling on the outside. There's a new steering wheel and new digital instrument cluster for the driver. Combined with the new 10-inch screen for the infotainment in the centre of the dash and you have a kind of wide screen effect that is very fashionable at the moment.

There's also a wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto connection. Standard equipment is good and other features include climate control, cruise control, leather steering wheel, keyless start, and parking sensors.

SRI models get a sportier cabin ambience with some red detailing as well as alloy pedals, reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, and heated front seats.

So is it practical? The Astra will seat five and though some rivals offer a little more headroom and legroom in the back, you will be able to sit adults back there and children will be fine. There is Isofix on the two outer seats and a USB-C port for connecting devices. The 422-litre boot is one of the biggest in the class and also has a handy two position floor.

Rear seating in the new Astra
Rear seating in the new Astra

Did you like it?

The new Opel Astra is one of the most anticipated new cars of 2022 and it delivers. The Opel brand is really gaining momentum again with new models like the Mokka and now Astra.

The new Astra has got the modern update it needed. It is a car you'd like to be seen in, with a sporty and distinct design that helps it to stand out in the compact class.

Inside it comes well-equipped with all the technology features we expect from a car like this. The finish is a bit disappointing in places but when you consider the price and equipment of each model, it's easy enough to overlook any shortcomings.

For people who enjoy driving, this Astra is simple and engaging to drive. The 1.2-litre petrol might not sound high tech in a world where the next big thing is either hybrid or electric, but for many people it's the most affordable way to drive a new car.

So if you're looking for a simple hatchback that drives well, looks good and is well-equipped, you really need to check out this new Astra.

The new Astra will soon be available for the first time as a plug-in hybrid
The new Astra will soon be available for the first time as a plug-in hybrid

Model tested: Opel Astra SRI 1.2
Price: 
€31,995
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 130hp
Torque: 230Nm
Top speed: 210km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.7 seconds
Motor Tax: €200 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The Opel Grandland on test for Changing Lanes!

Opel Grandland Review (2022)

Read Caroline's Opel Grandland review for everything you need to know about buying Opel's updated mid-size SUV in Ireland.

A few years ago it was clear that SUVs were the motor industry's next big thing. Any car brand worth knowing was producing them at pace to deal with consumer demand.

Opel has long been the purveyor of family cars like the Astra and the Insignia. Now SUVs have become a key part of the brand's range too.

2021 saw the successful debut of the  new Opel Mokka small SUV featuring Opel's distinct new design language.

The updated Opel Grandland is this year's follow-up. It gives the German brand a shot again at the popular mid-size SUV segment with a new look and a new interior.

The Opel Grandland on test for Changing Lanes!
The Opel Grandland on test for Changing Lanes!

What's new for the Opel Grandland?

The most welcome news for the Grandland is the bold new look at the front bestowed by Opel's 'Vizor' face. It gives the Grandland a much more distinct and modern presence in line with the new Astra and the Mokka.

Paint yours in a striking colour like Vertigo Blue and glam it up in SRI or Elite trim and you have one of the most handsome SUVs in the segment.

SRI models come with a Black Pack featuring a high gloss Opel logo and badging, contrast black roof and mirror caps, high gloss black roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.

Inside the interior has also been revised with a new digital instrument cluster on all but the entry model giving a more modern finish to the cabin. All but the entry model also get a wireless smartphone charger and 10-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto (7-inch screen on SC models).

Segment first adaptive IntelliLux LED® Pixel Lights with high beam assist now feature as standard across the range.

The new Opel Grandland goes on sale in Ireland priced from €37,395 and is available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The Grandland goes on sale from €37,395 in Ireland
The Grandland goes on sale from €37,395 in Ireland

Inside the Grandland

The Opel Grandland has a straightforward cabin that's easy to navigate and feels solidly built too. It might lack some of the glamour of the interior of the Peugeot 3008 for example. But some might actually prefer this more traditional layout.

It's a car that grows on you, the more time you spend in it. There's lot of standard equipment including a rear view camera, cruise control, active lane keep assist, side blind spot alert, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, and automatic dual-zone air conditioning.

The SRI models (from €40,195) get an AGR driver’s seat for more comfort and support, electrically adjustable driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, adjustable driver seat cushion extension, half leather-effect seat trim, and alloy sporty pedals on automatic versions.

Elite models (from €41,995) come as standard with keyless entry and start, heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels and handsfree electric tailgate.

The Grandland has a spacious interior for this class of vehicle and will seat three in the rear, with the footwells offering plenty of legroom for adults. The boot offers just over 500 litres of space, which is good for the class too.

The interior of the 2022 Opel Grandland
The interior of the 2022 Opel Grandland

What's it like to drive?

There are three flavours for the Grandland: petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid. Buyers can choose from a 1.2-litre petrol with 130hp and the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic. There’s also a 1.5-litre diesel engine available with 130hp and an 8-speed automatic (from €41,695).

There are plug-in hybrid versions of the Grandland available but they are the most expensive of the range, starting from €48,295 for a front wheel drive version with 225hp.

But the Grandland 1.2 petrol on test for Changing Lanes with a 6-speed manual gearbox is nice to drive and offers adequate performance for a family SUV, while not costing the earth to run either. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.5 litres per 100km.

The Grandland moves effortlessly over the tarmac. It offers all you could need in terms of comfort and refinement, while the controls are light making it nice to drive around town too. It's not designed to be sporty, but the handling is fine with plenty of grip from those front tyres.

The Grandland is available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines
The Grandland is available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines

Did you like it?

The compact SUV class has seen a number of new entrants since the Grandland debuted for the first time in 2017, like the latest Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga.

The latest update gives the Opel Grandland more character. In the right colour, it's an eye-catching combination.

Inside, the cabin is not the most adventurous by design, but it's solidly built and calmly appointed to create a cocoon of comfort and safety that's a must for a family car like this. It's also well-equipped with plenty of comfort and safety features as standard.

Like all these SUVs, the Grandland has gone up in price. But buyers have shown that they are willing to pay more for a lofty driving position behind the wheel and chunky SUV looks. The Grandland feels spacious and practical, that's for sure and it's easy to see its appeal.

The Opel Grandland is a car that grows on you - now just more stylish and more digital than before!

The 2022 Opel Grandland is more stylish and digital than before
The 2022 Opel Grandland is more stylish and digital than before

Model tested: Opel Grandland 1.2 Elite
Price: 
€41,995
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 130hp
Torque: 230Nm
Top speed: 188km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.4 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€270 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The new Opel Grandland is arriving in Ireland this April

Opel Grandland Pricing For Ireland (2022)

The new Opel Grandland is arriving in Ireland this April
The new Opel Grandland is arriving in Ireland this April

Opel has announced pricing and equipment for the new Opel Grandland range in Ireland, ahead of its arrival in dealers this April.

The Opel Grandland has been updated for 2022 and will go on sale priced from €35,495, plus delivery related charges.

What's new for the Opel Grandland?

At the front, the Grandland now has the new Opel 'Vizor' brand face. While inside the interior has been significantly updated to include the brand's 'Pure Panel' cockpit.

Segment first adaptive IntelliLux LED® Pixel Lights with high beam assist now feature as standard across the range for Opel's flagship family SUV for improved safety and visibility.

Designed and produced in Germany, the latest Grandland is available with petrol and diesel engines from launch. A plug-in hybrid will join in early summer.

The Grandland petrol is a 1.2-litre with 130 hp and the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic. There's also a 1.5-litre diesel engine available with 130hp and an 8-speed automatic. Front wheel drive versions of Opel's Grandland plug-in hybrid will arrive in the summer with 225hp. While all wheel drive versions will follow later in 2022.

The interior of the 2022 Opel Grandland
The interior of the 2022 Opel Grandland

Pricing and equipment for new Grandland

Available in three trims in Ireland, the Grandland SC trim retails from €35,495 plus delivery. Standard equipment includes LED Pixel Lighting, active emergency braking, cruise control with speed limiter, active lane keep assist, side blind spot alert, enhanced traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, hill start assist with electronic parking brake, and electronically controlled dual zone air conditioning. There's also DAB radio, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 7” touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, front console USB, 230V plug in 2nd row, 17” alloy wheels, auto headlamps, front fogs, rain sensitive windscreen, front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera.

The sporty SRI trim retails form €37,495 plus delivery. Standard equipment includes AGR driver’s seat, electrically adjustable driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, adjustable driver seat cushion extension, half leather-effect seat trim, and alloy sporty pedals (auto versions). There's also a 10” touchscreen with satellite navigation, 12” multi-colour driver information cluster, USB connection in the 2nd row, wireless charger, Black Pack (high gloss Opel logo and badging), two tone black roof and black mirror caps, high gloss black roof rails, 18” alloy wheels and privacy tinted windows.

The top-of-the-range Elite trim retails from €39,495. It comes as standard with keyless entry and start, heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, 19” alloy wheels and handsfree electric tailgate.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland, said:

“The striking new Grandland sports a fresh new exterior look, a high-tech interior, a range of highly efficient powertrains and incredible levels of standard safety and comfort equipment. It is sure to appeal to our existing and new conquest customers alike. We look forward to market growth in 2022 in the all-important C-SUV segment.”

The new Opel Grandland is available this April at Opel Dealer showrooms to test drive.

This summer will also see the launch of the new Opel Astra, with the Astra Sports Tourer to follow.

Grandland is available as a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid
Grandland is available as a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid

The new Opel Astra will arrive in Ireland in June

Opel Astra Review (2022)

Read Caroline’s Opel Astra review for everything you need to know about the new Astra ahead of its arrival in Ireland in June of 2022.

The Opel Astra is one of Opel's core models, with over 9,000 Astras registered in Ireland in the last 7 years. It's been around since the early 1990s and before that it was the Kadett. Together both cars give Opel 86 years of experience in the compact class.

Opel is enjoying a revival at the moment, which started with the launch of the new generation Opel Corsa in 2019 but really accelerated with the arrival of the new Opel Mokka and Mokka-e in Ireland in 2021.

The new Opel Astra continues the trend with on-point electrified powertrains, new design and the latest interior technology features. I travelled to Lisbon in Portugal with Opel Ireland to discover more about the new Astra and drive it for the first time ahead of its arrival in Ireland.

The new Opel Astra goes on sale for the first time as a plug-in hybrid, with petrol and diesel options also available. An all-new electric Opel Astra-e will debut in 2023. Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

The new Opel Astra will arrive in Ireland in June
The new Opel Astra will arrive in Ireland in June

Styling

Designed, developed and manufactured at Opel's headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new Opel Astra impresses on approach. The Astra's all-new look is characterised by the striking new Opel family face at the front - the Opel Vizor. The blacked out grille area with vents looks ultra modern but surely retro inspired, while there is homage to the Kadett in the black 'gills' in the C pillar to the rear of the car. An optional two-tone paint finish adds even more character. At the rear, the centrally mounted Opel 'Blitz', the vertically aligned high-mounted brake lamp and the slim horizontal LED tail lamps further showcase the new Opel Compass design language. The surfacing of the car looks sheer and taut, shown off expertly in the exciting new Cult Yellow. Each trim level will distinguish the car a little more. SRI will be the sportiest in Ireland, but full specifications are yet to be confirmed for the Irish market.

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Interior

Inside, the Astra has an all-new interior built around Opel's new 'Pure Panel' design philosophy. Two 10" screens come as standard creating a full digital, widescreen experience - a digital instrument panel for the driver and a second screen for the infotainment system. Smartphones can be charged and connected with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly. Key settings such as climate control can still be operated via physical switches and buttons.

There's also a new steering wheel with a chrome third 'spoke' that adds some distinction to this new Astra. The centre console is quite high, adding a sporty wraparound feel from the driver's seat.

The perceived quality of the cabin is good with soft touch plastic in the important places like on the top of the dashboard and the top of each door. More prominent hard plastic appears in the door panels but it is offset against some more plusher fabrics and trim.

Comfort has been a priority and the Astra’s front seats, developed in-house, are AGR (“Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.” / “Campaign for Healthy Backs”) certified, for optimum comfort and support. They are available optionally in Alcantara or leather.

The interior of the new Opel Astra
The interior of the new Opel Astra

Practicality

The Opel Astra has seating for five. Measuring 4,374 mm long and 1,860 mm wide, it is only 4 mm longer than the previous model, yet the wheelbase has increased by 13 mm to 2,675 mm. The car is roomy up front but rear legroom is not the most generous of the compact class. The new Astra boot has an adjustable floor and offers 422 litres of capacity in petrol and diesel models. However, boot volume is reduced to 350 litres in the Astra plug-in hybrid, though that's still acceptable for the compact class.

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer will arrive in Ireland by the end of the summer and will offer more practicality, while a longer wheelbase should offer rear passengers more legroom. There will be over 600 litres of boot space.

Engines

The new Opel Astra will be available from launch in Ireland with the choice of petrol and diesel engines, and a new Astra Hybrid. A full electric Astra-e will arrive in 2023 with more details expected later in 2022.

The latest generation of the Astra debuts for the first time as a plug-in hybrid with two performance levels (180 hp at launch, 225 hp to join before the end of the year). Both models use a 1.6-litre, four cylinder turbo petrol engine, 12.4 kWh battery and electric motor. The new Astra Hybrid can be charged and driven electric for up to 60 km. Versions with petrol and diesel engines are available with six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions. The petrol line-up is comprised of the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 110 hp or 130 hp. There's also a 1.5-litre diesel with 130 hp.

The petrol manual was a blast to drive on the tight, twisty roads along the coast above Lisbon and through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. The diesel automatic offered great refinement and economy, averaging 4.8 litres per 100 km on my test drive.

The plug-in hybrid with 180 hp is currently the most powerful of the range and feels it on the road. There is a silky delivery of robust power, it's super responsive to the throttle and very quiet on the road. On first glance, very efficient to run too, even in hybrid mode.

The new Astra is available for the first time as a plug-in hybrid
The new Astra is available for the first time as a plug-in hybrid

On the road

The new Astra is based on the third generation of the Stellantis Group's EMP2 multi-energy architecture. But Opel engineers have tweaked it to make the Astra feel like an Opel. Some of the team's goals during development were to create a car with handling that is composed as well as dynamic, and “Autobahnproof”, with high-speed capability a primary development objective.

The steering and lateral stiffness of the chassis – McPherson strut suspension at the front, torsion bar at the rear – are designed for high yaw control (damping of the movement around the horizontal axis). Under braking, the new model delivers strong stopping power and remains highly stable in curves as well as in a straight line. The torsional rigidity of the new Astra is 14 per cent higher than that of the previous model.

The team wanted to create a car with sporty driving dynamics to match the Astra's cool new look. And the Astra certainly delivers with fabulous body control through tight, fast corners for a front wheel drive family hatchback. The steering is quick and nicely weighted, firming up at speed for a precise and defined feel that makes motorway driving a breeze. The refinement and acoustic comfort behind the wheel is a big step up for the latest Astra. All cars get laminated glass in the windscreen and the high spec models on test had it in the front passenger windows too. It creates a delightful cocoon inside the cabin.

The Astra has been tuned for composure and dynamism
The Astra has been tuned for composure and dynamism

Equipment

While specifications and trim levels for the Irish market are yet to be confirmed, we do know that the new Opel Astra will have two 10-inch widescreen displays as standard, as well as wireless smartphone charging.

Other top fetaures will vary depending on trim level but they include the latest version of Opel’s adaptive Intelli-Lux LED® Pixel Light for even greater visibility in night driving, already available on Opel’s Grandland SUV and Insignia flagships. Featuring a segment-leading total of 168 LED elements, 84 in each ultra-slim headlamp, the main beam adjusts seamlessly in milliseconds, without glare for other road users. Approaching or preceding traffic is “cut out” precisely.

Assistance systems include front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and drowsiness detection, all of which are standard equipment in every version. A large head-up display, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and Intelli-Vision, a camera and radar-based system for easier parking, are also available.

Summary

The launch of the 2022 Opel Astra is a fresh start for the perennial Opel compact car. The new Astra has flourished into a sporty, desirable and distinct hatchback for the compact class.

The Astra's stand-out design and new Vizor face give it real character now among competitors and make it instantly recognisable as a new generation Opel.

Inside, Opel is finding its feet with the new Pure Panel interior design concept. It's the best cabin yet of the new generation Opel cars with a well defined digital set up characterised by the two 10" widescreen displays as standard. With wireless smartphone charging as standard and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, the Astra is geared up for the digital generation.

The Astra will offer a tremendous spread of choice for the compact class when it comes to powertrain. With diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid available from launch, and the electric Astra-e from 2023, this car has a lot to offer. From the simplicity of a petrol manual to the power and flexibility of the plug-in hybrid, Astra is breaking new ground for Opel.

While the popularity of hatchbacks has been dwindling as SUV sales soar, the new Opel Astra offers a sporty, fun to drive alternative that looks great with plenty of options for individualisation. Now we just have to wait for the pricing!

The new Astra is expected in Ireland in June
The new Astra is expected in Ireland in June

Caroline Kidd


The new Opel Mokka SRi on test for Changing Lanes!

Opel Mokka Review (2022)

The new Opel Mokka SRi on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Opel Mokka SRi on test for Changing Lanes!

Read Caroline's Opel Mokka review for everything you need to know about buying Opel's cool new crossover in Ireland.

The Opel Mokka has returned to Ireland in 2021, a rejuventated offering for the popular compact SUV segment in Ireland. Available in electric for the first time, along with petrol and diesel variants, the Mokka’s new face is one that changes everything for the Opel brand.

Priced from €23,295 for a petrol, from €25,095 for a diesel, and from €33,038 for the all-electric Opel Mokka-e, the Mokka is shaping up as a very compelling and competitive offering.

Of course, Mokka has some history in Ireland, launched back in Ireland as a new compact SUV contender in 2012 and revamped in 2016. This car still has good visibility on Irish roads, but Mokka owners will be astounded by the step forward this new version has taken.

What's so hot about the new Opel Mokka?

It’s the design that gets you first. The 2021 Opel Mokka is lighter and sleeker looking, with a genuine sporty bent to it. Opel has found new direction indeed, tapping into their history in motorsport and classic Opels like the Manta and GSi models to add some zest to a new generation of cars.

You cannot miss the striking new grille area. Opel call it the ‘Vizor’ face. It looks like nothing else on the road. This new family look is bestowed upon other models like the Crossland and Grandland SUVs, as well as the upcoming new Astra hatchback.

The Opel Mokka goes on sale in Ireland as petrol, diesel or electric
The Opel Mokka goes on sale in Ireland as petrol, diesel or electric

For style conscious buyers this one hits the mark! SRi models (from €24,795) like the Mokka on test really stand out with 17” black alloy wheels, red exterior detailing and a contrasting black roof! Other trim levels include the SC and Elite.

Standard equipment levels are good including traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, collision avoidance sensor with brake assist, pedestrian detection alert, electronic cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, air conditioning, 7” colour touchscreen, 7” colour driver instrument cluster, DAB radio and 16” alloy wheels.

Inside the Opel Mokka SRi

Inside there is an all-new dashboard design that follows the Opel new ‘Pure Panel’ philosophy. Take it as code for simplified, modern and minimalistic, and you will come close to the experience behind the wheel of the new Mokka.

Opel has worked hard to give this car a new personality and the red trim of the SRi model certainly spices things up. There is a full digital experience for the driver with a digital instrument cluster as standard and 7” colour touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. A multimedia system with 10” touchscreen and navigation is also available.

The interior of the 2021 Opel Mokka SRi
The interior of the 2021 Opel Mokka SRi

This is a compact vehicle but in terms of interior accommodation, it’s competitive for this class of vehicle with a decent show of legroom and headroom in the rear. The boot is also smartly sized at 350 litres. The new Mokka is a little bit wider than the car it replaces so there’s plenty of elbow room upfront. Rear seats split fold and there is also a false floor in the boot for added practicality.

What are my options?

Available across all three trims, petrol and diesel engines offer power outputs ranging from 100 hp to 130 hp. The petrol model is a 1.2-litre affair with 100 or 130 hp, and the option of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox.

At Changing Lanes we tested the petrol automatic with 130 hp. It performs well with a good show of power and clever automatic that rarely misses a beat.

Buyers will also find a 1.5-litre diesel in the line-up with 110 hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox.

There’s also the exciting new all-electric Opel Mokka-e powered by an 50 kWh battery with 136 hp and a range of up to 324 km.

The very stylish all electric Opel Mokka-e
The very stylish all electric Opel Mokka-e

Driving the new Opel Mokka!

The Opel Mokka is the second model in the Opel range to use the CMP platform from parent company Stellantis, after the launch of the all-new Corsa in 2020. It’s lighter by up to 120 kg on some of the models in the range, while rigidity is up by 15%. It’s clear to see that the new Mokka is a far more efficient design, more aerodynamic with a lower centre of gravity. Opel engineers have worked hard to reduce squeaks and rattles and improve the acoustic quality, with an acoustic pack fitted as standard to further reduce road noise.

On the road, the Opel Mokka has a light and modern feel that makes it easy to handle and steer through any driving situation. It's a much improved car to drive now. Refined and comfortable by class standards, with just the odd bump over ramps and the like on our test car’s 17” ‘shoes’! These cars are built to be autobahn-proof and the Mokka can surely hold its own on the motorway, staying in lane simply and confidently.

Did you like it?

Opel is definitely back in the game with the new Opel Mokka. There are more exciting models on the way. Changing Lanes loves a comeback kid. The new Opel Mokka has put its best game face on.

Choice is a key feature of the new Mokka range. Opel is to be commended for bringing such a selection to the compact crossover range. The petrol model on test offers a very good value entry into the Mokka range; the Mokka-e is a compelling option for buyers ready to make the switch to electric.

Mokka has taken a huge step forward. In design and technology, it can really now hold its own. It will stand out and adds a youth and vibrancy back to the Opel brand that was sorely missed.

The new Opel Mokka on sale now from €23,295
The new Opel Mokka on sale now from €23,295

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Mokka 1.2 SRi Automatic
Price: 
€26,295
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 130 hp
Torque: 230 Nm
Top speed: 200 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.2 seconds
CO2 emissions: 
133-135 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year


The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!

Opel Crossland Review

The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the Opel Crossland!

Someone got a new face! The Opel Crossland returns to Ireland to start a new life in the blossoming Opel range of crossovers and SUVs. A snazzy facelift for the Crossland in the shape of Opel’s new ‘Vizor’ face gives Crossland a more contemporary look, with no compromise to its spacious and practical cabin.

On sale from €22,795, the Crossland range speaks simplicity with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. It sits alongside the new Opel Mokka in Opel’s range, but offers a different vibe with more focus on practicality and some good value pricing in a simple range with three trim levels – SC, SRI and Elite.

What's new for the Opel Crossland?

You may recall the Opel Crossland X debuted in Ireland back in 2017. Now it’s dropped the ‘X’ from its name and the latest version arrives in Ireland at a time of rejuvenation in the Opel house. The new Opel Mokka, which we reviewed earlier this year for Changing Lanes, is the true style-setter and renaissance car for the brand. But the Crossland will carry the baton for a more traditional customer who values simplicity, practicality and ‘bang for your buck’.

The new Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,795 in Ireland
The new Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,795 in Ireland

The Crossland range kicks off with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83 bhp and a five speed manual gearbox. There is also a 1.5-litre diesel with 110 bhp and a petrol automatic with 130 bhp.

The Vizor face is striking and will only grow in recognition as this new generation of Opels hit the road over the coming months. There are some rugged crossover-style features like a silver skid plate and cladding around the wheel arches. The new Crossland also promises extra comfort, technology equipment and features an improved chassis.

What's it like inside?

The cabin is straightforward but features a touchscreen as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. There is an elevated driving position behind the wheel, with large windows and windscreen making it bright and welcoming. A high roof line gives a real feeling of space and buyers will find a generous passenger compartment considering the price point of this car. The rear footwells are a good size for a compact. The boot also offers depth and a handy hatchback-style opening with capacity of 410 litres.

Standard equipment includes hill start assist, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning, enhanced traffic sign recognition, 6 airbags, leather steering wheel, manual air conditioning, rain sensing windscreen, automatic lights, 7” touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, DAB radio, USB connectivity and 12-volt socket.

Inside the new Opel Crossland
Inside the new Opel Crossland

The SRi model has park assist front and rear, rear view camera, AGR driver’s seat, 8-way driver seat adjustment with driver seat cushion extension and lumbar support, ambient white LED cabin lighting, driver’s armrest, half-leather effect upholstery trim, a painted two-tone roof, tinted rear privacy windows, silver skid plates, 16” alloy wheels and LED front fog lamps.

The range-topping Elite trim includes leather upholstery, AGR driver’s seat and passenger seat, 8-way passenger seat adjustment with seat cushion extension and lumbar support, heated front seats, heated leather steering wheel, electronic dual zone climate control, an upgraded central console with lidded storage, sliding split folding rear seats with armrest, a 3.52 colour driver instrument display, a rear 12-volt socket and 16” alloy wheel upgrade.

Driving the Crossland

My test car was powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83 bhp. It’s a basic engine but it does return competitive economy for a small petrol crossover. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.1 litres per 100 km, while motor tax for this model is €210 per year.

It gets by on performance, with 0 to 100 km/h a leisurely 14 seconds in this entry level petrol model.

This car can amble along fine but if you do more motorway driving, the diesel will keep the revs down at cruising speeds. Certainly, keener drivers will favour the sharper and more fun to drive Opel Mokka.

The new Crossland offers buyers a simple and practical compact crossover
The new Crossland offers buyers a simple and practical compact crossover

Did you like it?

The Opel Crossland gets a little more than we usually expect when it comes to a revamp. The new Vizor face gives the car a more contemporary presence, but with no compromise to that practical interior.

The Crossland offers a simple range powered by petrol or diesel, but there is certainly value to be found here. With a good level of standard equipment, even entry models offer the essentials.

With a focus on space and practicality, the Crossland’s roots are more mini-MPV than SUV. This means the car’s design offers buyers a more spacious and practical vehicle.

It may not have the outright star appeal and uber-modern design of the Mokka, but Opel is confident that there is still a place for the Crossland in the showroom.

The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now
The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Crossland 1.2 Elite 
Price: 
€25,795
Engine: 
1.2-litre petrol
Power: 
83 hp
Torque: 
118 Nm
0-100km/h: 
14 seconds
Top speed: 
170 km/h
Fuel economy: 4.6-4.7 l/100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 
135 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year


The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Opel Mokka-e Review

The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes
The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Read Caroline's Opel Mokka-e review for everything you need to know about Opel's new small electric SUV in Ireland.

What's so special about the Opel Mokka-e?

The Opel Mokka-e is Opel's new all-electric crossover. It will go on sale in Ireland in April, with petrol and diesel versions also available. Caroline tested the 2021 Opel Mokka-e around Dublin and Wicklow to find out more about this exciting new model for the Opel brand in Ireland! Opel has marketed the Opel Mokka in Ireland since 2012. At Changing Lanes, we've been lucky to follow the Mokka's journey since the beginning.

Styling

The Opel Mokka has radical new styling that is a new direction for the German brand. The car has a lighter, sportier and slimmer appearance; in fact it's now more of a crossover than an SUV, with a hatchback-style. But there's been a heavy addition of attitude: plastic cladding around the wheel arches, angular blacked out grille, two tone roof and optional black bonnet. The Mokka was lacking distinction in the popular B-SUV segment. Not any more!

Interior

The theme of renewal continues inside with an all-new interior for the 2021 Opel Mokka. It will be recognisable as an Opel to any previous Mokka owners who sit in. But it's had a detox in line with a bright new future. A full digital instrument panel keeps the driver updated with relevant information like speed and battery range. There is also a new touchscreen angled towards the driver, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior is well-built with our test car sporting some stylish grey panelling and fabric inserts on the doors. Everything works and functions correctly with spot on material quality. We would just love to see a little more character inside the car in line with that exterior fizz.

The interior of the new Opel Mokka-e
The interior of the new Opel Mokka-e

Is it practical?

The Opel Mokka is a five seat crossover that has been built upon a bespoke multi-energy platform that can accommodate petrol, diesel or electric powertrain. This is important because it means there is no compromise to passenger space and boot volume inside the car, regardless which model you go for. The Mokka-e is a compact vehicle. But as an average sized female adult, I felt comfortable in the back. Taller passengers may feel more squeezed for legroom and headroom. The new Mokka is a little bit wider than the car it replaces so there's plenty of elbow room upfront. Rear seats split fold and there is also a false floor in the boot for added practicality. The volume is 350 litres - not huge but practical enough for day to day needs.

Battery, Range & Performance

The new Opel Mokka-e uses a 50 kWh battery with a system output of 136 hp. There are a number of driving modes to alter performance and efficiency - Sport, Normal and Eco. The WLTP range is 324 km. But bear in mind how many kilometres you can get from the car will depend upon things like the ambient temperature, driving style and the speed. Opel offers an eight-year/160,000km warranty for the battery.

Charging

If stopping to use the public charging points, the Mokka-e's battery can be fully charged to 80% in about 25 minutes with a 100 kW charger. Or 80 minutes with a 50 kW charger. Charging at home is most efficient using a wallbox. It can charge the car in about 7 hours using the 7 kW onboard charger. Or try 22 hours with a three point plug!

The new Opel Mokka-e has an estimated range of 324 km on electric power
The new Opel Mokka-e has an estimated range of 324 km on electric power

Other engines

The new Mokka is also available with petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is available with 110 hp or 130 hp. The 1.5-litre diesel is available with 110 hp. 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic gearboxes are available. The diesel is the best for economy with fuel consumption of 4.5l/100km and CO2 emissions of 118g/km.

Driving the new Mokka-e

The Opel Mokka is the second model in the Opel range to use the CMP platform from parent company PSA, after the launch of the all-new Corsa in 2020. It's lighter by up to 120 kg on some of the models in the range, while rigidity is up by 15%. It's clear to see that the new Mokka is a far more efficient design, more aerodynamic with a lower centre of gravity. Opel engineers have worked hard to reduce squeaks and rattles and improve the acoustic quality, with an acoustic pack fitted as standard to further reduce road noise. Being German it's Autobhan proof too! This translates on the road to a steady secure feeling from the steering that keeps the car in lane easily. Compared to the previous Mokka, this car is a revelation thanks to its new platform and 'weight loss'. It feels fun and agile on the road, while the Mokka-e goes about its business silently, with smooth responses from the controls.

Equipment

According to Opel Ireland, standard equipment will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED lamps at the front and rear, an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition. More information on trim levels and equipment will be announced closer to the launch. Dependant on trim, other available features will include six-way ergonomic seats, heated leather seats, massage function, a 180-degree panorama rear-view camera, navigation, Advanced Cruise Control, Active Lane Positioning, wireless smartphone charging, and glare-free, IntelliLux LED® matrix lights, unique to the segment.

100 kW high speed charging is possible with the new Mokka-e
100 kW rapid charging is possible with the new Mokka-e

Anything else?

Official pricing has not been released yet but indicated pricing is from €23,500 for the 1.2-litre petrol (110 hp) manual. The Mokka-e is available from €33,000 (including VRT relief and SEAI grant) for the Mokka-e all-electric version. It will be sold exclusively in the high spec SRi trim.

Rivals

The new Opel Mokka and Opel Mokka-e will take on some established competition like the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008/e-2008, Nissan Juke, and Hyundai Kona/ Kona Electric.

 

Did you like it?

The new Opel Mokka and Opel Mokka-e will be an exciting new addition to the Opel range, in the popular B-SUV segment. The Mokka will build on the success of the Opel Corsa in 2020. But this could arguably be Opel's year to go stellar.

The Mokka is now a car transformed with character and presence that will command attention on the road. The new interior is smart and well-appointed, with the addition of a new digital instrument cluster and touchscreen giving an on-trend, widescreen effect.

Opel is leading the renewal of their brand in Ireland with a clever multi-energy platform that sees buyers presented with more choice than ever before - petrol, diesel or electric. We expect the Mokka-e to be one to watch, combining the striking looks with an exciting new EV powertrain and range of up to 324 km.

Welcome back Mokka!

The new Mokka will put Opel on the map again
The new Mokka will put Opel on the map again

Caroline Kidd