The Vauxhall Mokka represents an extremely promising first stab at the compact crossover market. With a choice of three engines, auto and manual transmissions and front or four wheel drive chassis, the Mokka looks to have plenty of bases covered.
It's clearly been designed for the urban environment but that's not to say the ability to be driven off-road has been totally neglected.
To this end, Vauxhall wisely offers both front and four-wheel drive chassis options, with the all-wheel drive mechanicals being fully adaptive.
When the vehicle's being driven on smooth, dry surfaces, all drive is sent to the front wheels for optimum efficiency but when the road surface is slippery, as much as 50 per cent of the drive is automatically diverted to the rear axle.
There's not even that much of a weight penalty for choosing the four wheel drive version as the mechanicals add a mere 65kg, which isn't going to put too big a ding in emissions and economy figures.
Buyers get to choose between three engines – two petrols and a solitary diesel powerplant.
There's a lot of promise about the Vauxhall Mokka.
It looks good, it's well equipped and it offers buyers a number of well thought out options.
Although the company has taken its time, I have a feeling the Mokka might well be one of their more heartening new car stories.