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Review: Vauxhall's Adam Rocks

CAR OF THE WEEK: Vauxhall Adam Rocks (price range: £15,495 - £19,725)

THERE ARE so many city cars available that you can take your time and make a considered decision.

One vehicle that may well come across your radar is the quirky-looking Vauxhall Adam Rocks.

There are four trim levels. The standard Adam Rocks comes with a 69bhp 1.2-litre engine or a turbo- charged 1.0-litre engine, the Adam Rocks Unlimited offers (as the name suggests) near-limitless personalisation options, while the Adam Rocks Air adds a full-length sliding fabric roof.

The Adam Rocks S has a turbo- charged 1.4-litre engine that boosts performance slightly, but raises the price significantly. If you want a diesel option, you’ll have to look elsewhere - like the standard Adam, the Adam Rocks is petrol only.

Residents in Essex may well be keen on the Adam – it's different and will sit proudly outside.

Flashes of body-coloured plastic add youthful appeal, while the grab handle next to the gearstick is unique.

Where the Adam scores well is with a range of customisation options that make it entirely possible that you'll never see two identical models.

In terms of practicality, it scores zero marks. Room in the back of the Adam is tight, due to the car’s sloping roofline. The boot may force you to put some of your shopping on the back seats.

There’s a decent amount of standard equipment, including alloy wheels and air-conditioning – but the Adam is all about personalisation, so there's an exceptionally-long options list to choose from.

To drive, the Vauxhall Adam Rocks feels much like the standard Adam. It’s good fun to scoot around quick corners.

Raising the ride height means the Rocks’ body leans in bends more than the normal Adam and the huge 18-inch wheels are unlikely to run out of grip unless you turn into corners too fast.

This urban crossover featuring plastic bumpers and wheel arches, is fun but very little else.

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