ECO mode on this car is only really for those times you are on a longer journey and you are getting a bit anxious about reaching the next charger. The amount of energy it saves you is minuscule. You’ve spent close to £30k and you want to save a couple of pence? When in ECO the motor response is subdued so you get less acceleration which could be critical if you suddenly need it although I believe you can kick down to override that.Hi. I’ve owned a Mokka E since April. I was the first one to buy one from the dealership and as an aside, I have yet to see another on the road.
I think they look and drive really good. I got the blue colour. I had an issue a week in when the car wouldn’t charge. It was back in the garage for two weeks while they sourced a replacement charging unit. Since then, I have had no issues. Having owned a Mokka and Mokka X previously, I have to say the driving position is much lower in the E. I agree with the earlier comment that it feels like a reverse tardis. As I’m usually on my own in the car or with my wife, the space isn’t an issue. I have got used to the space and driving position pretty quickly.
Although not unique to this car, the adaptive cruise control is my favourite feature. It’s like magic. Lol. I can do a motorway journey without using any pedals if the traffic is flowing well.
As to range, I have yet to do a long journey but my regular commute is around 35 miles each way with around 65% being motorway. The motorway eats up energy. If you travel at 70 mph or more, you will consume more energy miles than the corresponding physical miles. My 70 mile commute can sometimes take 90 miles out of the battery. On the other hand, driving on local roads to the shops say, the opposite is true. Less energy miles than the physical distance. I can visit my local supermarket in ECO mode with brake regen on and travel 8 miles but the energy taken can be as low as 3 or 4 miles.
Switching between modes adds or subtracts 10 miles to the range available. The advertised range is 201 but on a full charge in the morning, switching to ECO from the default NORMAL shows a range of 210 miles.
The boot space is smaller too but I have adapted to it quickly. Using the false floor, I store both cables (type 2 plus 3pin granny cable) as well as other typical car boot stuff under the floor leaving the space above clear for shopping bags. I like it.
I rarely use NORMAL driving mode and SPORT is only for showing someone how fast EVs are. ECO all the way for me and it still has very surprising acceleration in that mode.
I’ve waffled on enough. Happy to respond to specific questions.
The other amusing thing about people driving around in ECO, especially in mid winter or sweltering summer is the fact that ECO mode also reduces the air conditioning so you’ll see some people driving their £30k car whilst wearing thick coats, woolly hats and thick gloves with the inside of the car getting all condensed up from the steamy breath as they drive around saving 0.001p per mile. Same in mid summer when the temp goes into the 30s, they drive with windows open, sweltering in the heat not realising the the 0.001p per mile they’re saving is offset by around 5-10 times that because the aerodynamics are less efficient with the windows open.
ECO is for emergency use. However, if you’re happy knowing you may be saving an extra 1p every 10 miles in your £30k car… go right ahead.