I’ve just got back from a fantastic trip to North Wales with Vauxhall. I spent most of Friday driving Vauxhall’s new Adam and it’s made me very eager to go another another road trip.
It’s a great little car that combines a fun drive with amazing fuel economy, two things that don’t always go together, making it a very practical car.
Compared to the standard Adam, you get a higher ride and a more rugged look that could trick you into thinking it’s an off roader – it’s not.
It’s no secret that I love a little turbo engine, I like the noise and the acceleration but the sensible driver in me likes the fuel economy. In this car you have the option of a three-cylinder, 1.0 litre turbo engine, which is what we drove.
This car is also very torquey compared to similar cars. When I was in the Lake District I had to knock the Punto down into second gear to get up some of the steeper hills but Vauxhall are very proud of the fact that you don’t need to do this in the Adam Rocks.
Of course, we had to try this out and on the very hilly Welsh roads the torque definitely does its job, you can easily get up those hills in fourth gear.
As a road trip car (because that’s what matters) the Adam Rocks might not completely live up to its rugged looks but for road driving, it’s great. For hills, narrow roads and tight corners it really performs. It has enough acceleration that you don’t feel like you’re idling around in a small car and you can really get on with your journey, even in higher gears.
Because of that torque, you can stay in the high gears and it’s because of this that the car will do an Impressive 57mpg. A road trip car should be fun but it shouldn’t cost you a fortune in fuel and the Adam Rocks lives up to that.
The looks of the car are really nice. It doesn’t look like anything else out there; it’s cute but the big front bumper and wide wheel arches just makes it look a little more aggressive. There’s a huge range of colours to choose from too (I feel this is important). The car we drove was Let it Blue and there are also interior foils in the same colour on the dashboard and doors – these can be changed for £70 of you ever feel your car needs updating with a new colour scheme.
There are two versions of the Adam Rocks going on sale, a solid roof version and the Adam Rocks Air, which has an electric canvas roof. This is just one big sunroof and it’s good at low speeds but as soon as you pick up any kind of speed the wind buffeting gets a bit much.
As standard, the Adam Rocks comes with LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust and some great connectivity options in the car for listening to music via your phone – this plus Spotify is road tripper’s dream.
There are a huge amount of colour options both inside and out. This makes the car customisable to your tastes, have a play around on the Vauxhall website and customise your perfect car (I may have been doing this for the last hour…).
There are all sorts of optional extras like a touch screen computer that gives you the opportunity to have built-in satnav, great music options and more.
Compared to the Adam city car, there aren’t many differences other than the looks but it’s a great little car that wouldn’t look out of place in the countryside.
On top of all this, the car parks itself. Parallel parking, easy. Want to pull into the narrow space? Adam’s got you covered.
You can see a full review of the trip, as well as a video of me speeding down a zip wire, over on Love Adventure.