• Opel Adam Rocks the city car world

    by  • March 11, 2015 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

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    2014 Opel Adam Rocks exterior front right static

    The Opel Adam Rocks stands out from the crowd

    Opel was perhaps sticking its neck out naming a car Adam Rocks, but it paid off, for the Opel Adam Rocks does indeed ‘rock’.

    The Adam Rocks is the second variant in Opel’s first city car range and we at atTheLights think we might like it even more than the original.

    The chunkier Adam Rocks is a cute little bullet car, with beautiful lines and a fold back ‘Swing-Top’ canvas roof.

    As well as having a more rugged exterior, it stands slightly higher off the ground than the regular Adam.

    2014 Opel Adam Rocks interior cockpit

    The cabin in the Opel Adam Rocks is bright

    Inside is spacious and airy and our test car had heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, manual air conditioning and cruise control.

    I liked the (optional) IntelliLink touch screen infotainment unit to which you hook up your smartphone, and the quirky looking instrument panel. The sound system in this car was very good.

    Leg and headroom is great in the front and the seats are very comfortable. However, while space is fine in the back of this four seater for someone of my height (5ft 5in), my 5ft 11in passenger found it a bit too squished for comfort.

    Smallies should be quite happy though, and with two sets of Isofix points, two child seats can be fitted.

    Like most city cars, the boot in the Opel Adam Rocks is narrow but deep. The rear seats easily fold, but they don’t lie flat.

    Badly designed door bins are a bugbear of mine, but there were none in evidence in the Adam Rocks. The door bins are very big and moulded, so bottles fit fine.

    2014 Opel Adam Rocks interior boot

    The boot in the Opel Adam Rocks is deep rather than wide

    Like its Adam counterpart, there are also loads of personalisation options in the Opel Adam Rocks, so the car can be as individual as you like.

    Our test car was a 1.0litre 115ps six-speed petrol with manual hand brake. Our route saw us mainly in the city, with motorway and country jaunts as well.

    The Adam Rocks is lovely to drive. Nippy in the city, it doesn’t feel like it’s a fast car, but put your foot down on the motorway and it fairly takes off.

    Because of its small size, the Adam Rocks is also very easy to park, whether on the street or in a multi-storey.

    Overall, I really liked the Opel Adam Rocks. It’s a happiness inducing little car that really turns heads.

    The Opel Adam Rocks is available now, with prices starting from €19,695. Prices for the model I was driving start from €21,695.

    Tech Spec
    Engine: 1.0litre 115ps Direct Injection Turbo Start/Stop EcoFLEX
    Maximum Speed: 195kph
    Acceleration: 0-100kph in 9.9seconds
    CO2 emissions: 119g/km
    Combined fuel economy: 5.1l/100km
    Annual road tax: €200

    Visit the Opel Ireland website or its Facebook page for further details.

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