Can we finally admit the new Opel Mokka is a decent-looking car?
I mean, come on, is it really that bad?
When the new Vauxhall/Opel Mokka was introduced in 2012 I immediately... cringed. It didn't look particularly offensive or ugly or bad, it was just very, very dull. I actually drove one (a rental) every day for a week in the Wirral Peninsula, near Liverpool, in 2014 and the driving experience was pleasant, it was a perfectly usable runabout car, but the 'owning' experience wasn't.
I remember this one time, outside a pub, I was waiting for a friend and leaning on the car when a local man walked out of the pub for a 'bifter' and he said: "is that your car, mate?" "It's a rental" I said somewhat defensively. He said, "Mate. Me ma wouldn't drive that car". Ach.
But I digress. The point is, while the old Mokka was a bit hopeless, the new one looks like it could hold its own.
PSA, the company that currently owns the Opel brand, is doing things right and bringing the Opel brand back from the dead. The problem is car makers have building good cars for a while, but they've been struggling to make them compelling. The average everyday car you can buy today is actually very good in a practical sense, but they're almost always SUVs, it's kinda hard to make SUVs look good, and they're often a bit drab. They just lack character.
With the new Mokka, you do get some of that. Especially in green. Imagine seeing one of these parked right outside your home. You'd probably think "what the heck is that?" and then you'd think "it looks funky". And then you'd say, "I actually don't mind it".
Manufacturers love marketing these days so I guess this can be considered a "call-to-action": make cars interesting again. Thank you.