It’s true that this car quietly overdelivers in most of the important ways, but like so many of Luton’s current crop, it falls back on attention-grabbing value for money.
“It’s not bad,” you’ll end up thinking. “Quite good, in fact. For a Vauxhall.” Broadly speaking, perceptions will go unchanged by this proficient but unexceptional small family car. But a great many needs will be met, and many owners will be satisfied.
While the Mokka may not be outstanding to drive, it's a well rounded and neatly styled package that delivers plenty of kit and a decent level of practicality, all without commanding a high price tag.
This car may not stand out, but in a small crossover market that’s yet to reach maturity, it represents something worth having: a pragmatic middle ground between the madcap Nissan Juke, the highly strung Mini Countryman and the worthy Skoda Yeti.
That – and the price – may be enough to deliver some much-needed encouragement for Vauxhall on the forecourt. If you were buying on badge credibility alone, however, the Vauxhall may come third to the likes of the Skoda and Nissan.