Our upper-mid-trim-level petrol auto test car looks a little expensive next to plenty of its rivals, and it’s outpointed by several on power and performance, and by a few others on CO2 and fuel economy.

It has been positioned as the more desirable downsized hatchback SUV option of two in Vauxhall showrooms (the cheaper and more practical being the Crossland) – and in line with that, it comes with a fairly generous equipment level that includes digital instruments, LED headlights and a full suite of active safety systems, even on bottom-rung models.

E-Call – the ‘connected service’ by which a car alerts the emergency services automatically, and apprises them of your location, if you have an accident – is complemented by ‘b-Call’ on the Mokka: a kind of digital concierge service to help in the event of a breakdown.

Euro NCAP has yet to release its safety test results on the car, but that comprehensive list of safety kit promises a good one. Vauxhall includes Isofix child seat points on the front passenger seat, which is a useful added bonus on practicality.

What Car? New car buyer marketplace - Vauxhall Mokka

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