Vauxhall Adam Rocks (So Says Vauxhall, Anyway)

This is funky. What is it?

You're looking at the Vauxhall Adam Rocks. The name is a neat double-entendre referring to both the car's pseudo off-roading look and a popular yoof's term for something that's cool. Innit.

What's new?

The plastic bits. We wouldn't deliberately inflict memories of the Rover Streetwise on you, but if you remember that car, as well as the Volkswagen Polo Dune and Citroen C3 XTR then you'll know the deal here: Take a small car and clad it in chunky body addenda to give it a dose of urban attitude.

As well as the body cladding you'll find a 15mm higher ride height, though arguably its true inner-city credentials have been dealt a slight blow by a wider track and the option of stylish but easily-kerbable 17 and 18-inch alloys. There's some new interior trim to glitz up the cabin, with colour-coded seats, door trims and steering wheel to whichever of the "peanut" or "coffee bean" schemes you choose.

Vauxhall Adam Rocks rear

What powers it?

Vauxhall has finally dropped an engine worthy of the Adam's style into the car, in the form of its brand-new turbocharged 1.0 Ecotec.

It develops 113 horsepower and 122 lbs-ft of torque at its most potent, though there's a lower-output 88-horse model also available. Each gets a six-speed shifter rather than the old-tech five-speeder, and Vauxhall promises both efficiency and refinement will take top billing in the new unit - neither of which is a strong point with the existing 1.2 and 1.4 lumps. You'll be able to opt for both in the Rocks, but we'd not bother.

Anything else?

Vauxhall has loaded the Rocks with tech, including Siri Eyes Free voice control, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, a seven-inch high-definition colour touch-screen and seven speakers. The Vauxhall marketing department's assault on the English language continues with a new Rocks-specific paint shade, Goldbusters.

Vauxhall Adam Rocks snow

How much does it cost?

We won't know until the summer, when Vauxhall will begin taking orders. Deliveries will begin after production starts in August.

Any alternatives?

There's always the regular Adam, which is sure to be cheaper than the Rocks and still highly customisable. Though if you're thinking of one of those, do yourself a favour and wait for that new 3-cylinder engine.

Other Adam rivals include the Fiat 500, Citroen DS3 and MINI, but you may also be tempted by the upcoming Peugeot 108 and Renault Twingo, both of which are taking a bit of a step upmarket in their next generations.

Vauxhall Adam Rocks beach

In a line:

Name: Still daft. Car: Gaining appeal all the time.

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