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PROS

  • Striking looks
  • Efficient petrol engine
  • Personalisation options
  • Fabric roof option

CONS

  • Noisy fabric roof
  • Lacks driving fun
  • Small boot

    Verdict

    This is the all-new Vauxhall Adam Rocks, a chunky version of the funky Vauxhall Adam city car.



    It's taller - thanks to a 15mm raised suspension - wider, and has a more rugged appearance with contrasting protective cladding. The Adam Rocks' protective plastic body styling around the wheel arches and bumpers are designed to make the car look more like an off-roader, though the only great outdoors it is likely to sample is a gravel driveway. It doesn’t feature four-wheel drive (only front-wheel drive), and it rides on large alloys: either 17- or 18-inch.

    Two versions of the Adam Rocks

    The Vauxhall Adam Rocks will go on sale here in the UK with either a solid roof or a standard electric folding fabric roof, which has been christened ‘Adam Rocks Air’ and will be slightly more expensive than the fixed roof version.

    The Adam Rocks Air isn’t a traditional convertible as the rear windscreen is fixed in place, but is more like the Fiat 500C where boot space remains the same whether the roof is up or down. It’s quicker to operate than a usual convertible too with the roof fully opening in just seven seconds while it can be operated up to speeds of 85mph.

    Small efficient engines

    From launch the Vauxhall Adam Rocks will be available with either a 1.0-litre, 1.2-litre or 1.4-litre petrol engine.

    The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine is all-new and features stop/start technology and a turbocharger for a fuel-efficient yet powerful engine. Already Euro6 compliant the 113bhp petrol engine has a top speed of 121mph and a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds while fuel economy is pretty high at 55.4mpg on the official combined cycle with CO2 emission set at 119g/km.

    Both 1.2 and 1.4-litre engines are taken from the existing Adam models. The 1.2-litre has 69bhp, while the 1.4-litre comes with 86bhp.

    Tailored designs

    Just like the Adam there is plenty of opportunity for buyers to personalise their cars. As standard the Adam Rocks features LED daytime running lights, integrated rear spoiler, sliver skid plates and chrome exhaust.

    To help buyers customise their car, Vauxhall is offering new paint colours exclusive to the Adam Rocks including a vibrant yellow ‘Goldbusters’ scheme, while the roof is available in a choice of three colours including traditional black and two shades of brown.

    There will be two interior trim colour schemes exclusive to the Rocks with the main instrument cluster, seat, door and other trim elements in either a peanut or a darker coffee colour. There will be 17 exterior colours to choose from too plus two canvas roof colours - Black or Sweet Coffee.

    Connectivity

    Owners will also be able to connect their smartphones via USB or Bluetooth and access their functionality via the car’s seven inch touchscreen. The optional infotainment system enables audio streaming and the ability to access apps for navigation and online radio too plus you can view photo galleries, slide shows, videos and other stored documents when stationary.

    An upgraded sound system, Park Assist, leather interior and heated steering wheel is also available to add as an option.

    The new Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air is on sale now with first deliveries expected later in the month, while the solid roof version goes on sale later. To find out more, read on for our full Vauxhall Adam Rocks review.

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