Vauxhall-Adam-651

The new Vauxhall ADAM is like no other car. With a style to compete with MINI and A1, ADAM hits the market astonishing speed. Over the past few years the car has become highly competitive. Although it's not the ideal compact, affordable and cheap to run, the ride scores A+ about its options for personalisation as well as 30,000 different style combinations and in-car tech.

With its own personal style the car has two ways to go on the styling front.  It either tries to look modern or retro. However the ADAM is taking the modern approach. Like other members of the ADAM family, ROCKS AIR seems to be taller, wider and tougher in appearance. The buyers are given the opportunity to put their own personal touch in the car being able to choose between bright colors and option of painting the roof in a different shade.

As far as for the interior, Vauxhall manages to offer a decent level of spec, comfortable seats and other trim elements – all unique to ROCKS, as well as cup holders, glove box and many more. Prices are reasonable as well, for instance the infotainment screen right next to the leather steering wheel, which is a must, comes with a price of £275.

As for getting comfortable, there are plenty of adjustments in the seats Being the ideal city car, with its really light steering you are able to handle traffic jams a lot easier.The recently launched 1.0-litres three-cylinder turbo petrol engine provides a more fitting driving experience, its 113 bhp and 170 Nm of torque will see you hit 0-62 mph in 9.9 seconds and on to a 121 mph top speed.

This inevitably brings me to the part where I have to talk about the car's downsides. By taking you out of the city you will find the ride a bit firm.The car is a bit bouncy on bumpy road surfaces.The engine itself does not have much power accompanied by very little feedback on how the front wheels are behaving. Fuel economy is not exactly mind blowing. The trunk lacks a lot of space; it's not exactly fitted for a family holiday.The backseats provide very little space as well. I would not necessarily call them spacious.

Overall a great car for those under 35 and pre-family, although the car really fits in the position of a second family car. Suited for city life this car is best not taken out in the country side, you would enjoy one sweet ride.

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More detailed range, pricing and equipment can be read right below:

  • Remote Central Door Locking with ROCKS design flap key
  • CD 3.0 BT
  • Speakers  (6+1 speakers)
  • DMB
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel w/ Deco Elements, CCtrl & IRC
  • ROCKS AIR interior visual content
  • Cloth/Morrocana Seats
  • ROCKS AIR exterior visual content: cladding, bumpers etc
  • 17" alloys - Swissblade design
  • Deeply tinted glass - "black" - rear of B-Pillar incl. tailgate
  • Electric folding canvas roof
  • LED DRL Signature Lamps
  • LED Tail lamps
  • 15 mm raised chassis
  • Chrome DLO
  • Vauxhall sill plates

The following options are also available:

  • IntelliLink
  • Park Assist rear
  • Floor Mats (standard w/ ROCKS AIR unique Brandy interior)
  • Car Alarm
  • Infinity Sound System
  • Leather trim
  • Interior decors – painted / foil
  • Backlighted foil decor
  • Start / Stop
  • 17" & 18 Alloy Wheels
  • Exterior mirror caps
  • Interior mirror caps
  • Coloured logo bar

Additional technical data

Six-speed manual gearbox:

Standard on 1.0-litre ECOTEC 12v Direct Injection Turbo (115PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop

Five speed manual gearbox:

Standard on all models except 1.0-litre ECOTEC

Economy

Max Speed 0-62 mph Urban Extra Urban Combined CO2 First Year Second
1.2 16v VVT (70PS) (17/18) 103 14.9 39.2 65.7 53.3 125 £0 £110
1.4i 16v VVT (87PS) (17/18) 109 12.5 40.9 64.2 52.3 126 £0 £110
1.0 12v Direct Injection Turbo ecoFLEX Start/Stop (17/18) 121 9.9 44.8 64.2 55.4 119 £0 £30

Brakes

Anti-lock Braking System

Electronic brake force distribution

Emergency brake assist

Cornering brake control

Straight line stability control

Dual circuit, diagonally split braking system

Fuel tank capacity

38 litres (8.4 gallons)

Steering

Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering

Suspension

Front: Independent. MacPherson struts with gas-pressure dampers and coil springs. Anti-roll bar.

Rear: Compound crank with coil springs and gas-pressure dampers.

Engines

Petrol

1.2I 16v VVT ECOTEC -4

Capacity 1229cc
Maximum power 70PS @ 5600rpm
Maximum torque 115Nm (85 lb.ft.) @ 4000rpm
Configuration 4 cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts
Fuel/induction system Naturally aspirated. Variable Valve Timing (VVT). Multi-point sequential fuel injection
Emission compliance Euro 5
Service interval 20,000 miles or 1 year (whichever occurs sooner)
Benefit in kind company car taxation rates – 2014/15 tax year
Without Start/Stop 18%

1.4i 16v VVT ECOTEC-4

Capacity 1398cc
Maximum power 87PS @ 6000rpm
Maximum torque 130Nm (96 lb.ft.) @ 4000rpm
Configuration 4 cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts
Fuel/induction system Naturally aspirated. Variable Valve Timing (VVT). Multi-point sequential fuel injection
Emission compliance Euro 5
Service interval 20,000 miles or 1 year (whichever occurs sooner)
Benefit in kind company car taxation rates – 2014/15 tax year – 18%

1.4i 16v VVT Turbo ECOTEC-4

Capacity 998cc
Maximum power 115PS @ 5200rpm
Maximum torque 170Nm (125lb.ft.) @ 1800-4500rpm
Configuration 3 cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts
Fuel/induction system Water-cooled turbocharger with intercooler, Variable Valve Timing (VVT), Central direct injection
Emission compliance Euro 6
Service interval 20,000 miles or 1 year (whichever occurs sooner)
Benefit in kind company car taxation rates – 2014/15 tax year – 16%

Source: Vauxhall