But you're unlikely to be looking at a car in this segment for driving thrills. This 1.4-litre engine is fairly peppy and will be quick enough for most. It’s strong enough to cope with B-road overtakes and motorway journeys, and the power is delivered pretty smoothly across the rev band.
It does feel a little flat at low revs but it’s quieter than the 1.6-litre diesel. That said, it will still let you know when you’re working it too hard above 3500rpm, which you have to do in order to make quick progress. This engine is available with an automatic transmission, but the six-speed gearbox with which our test car came was accurate and had a positive throw.
It’s not outstandingly efficient, though, this petrol. Claimed fuel economy of 47.1mpg is less than its rivals (although they are slower), and high CO2 emissions of 140g/km will keep fleet buyers away. Still, we’d point private buyers towards this engine for the best blend of performance, economy and value. There will also be some tempting finance deals around for those that like to haggle.
All-wheel drive is available for an additional £1700, so you’re better off keeping with the standard front-wheel drive layout if it’s not a necessity.
The steering is light, quick and accurate but doesn’t offer much feedback. There’s plenty of grip even in front-wheel-drive models and it’s fairly agile, keeping body roll surprisingly well in check through the corners for a car of its build, but the ride is quite crashy over most surfaces.
Refinement isn't great either, with plenty of wind and road noise audible at motorway speeds, making longer journeys a bit more uncomfortable.
Many have already stumped up for a Mokka, and many more will doubtless do so for the new Mokka X now it has a better interior. Its strong finance deals will almost certainly continue to attract buyers, too. Ultimately, the Mokka X does now offer a more rounded package.
But it is still only average in most departments, and it’s a bit more expensive than before for private buyers. Plus, for similar money you could have a Skoda Yeti or a Renault Captur, which are both better cars in terms of space and dynamics.