The Opel Adam has done wonders for the Opel brand. It has shown that the company, despite its rocky background is still able to give customers new and exciting vehicles. The Adam is stylish, fun to drive and well-built. Building on that, the Adam Rocks now gives customers a slightly more mucho Adam thanks to its raised ride height, rugged black wheel arches and beefy front and rear bumpers. Add some fancy looking alloy wheels and low profile tyres to the mix and the Rocks is ready to take on the urban jungle. I do like its styling; it certainly stands out and draws attention wherever it goes.
What’s more it is fitted with a large fabric roof which is a great addition when cruising along the gorgeous coastal roads around the Cape. Sure, it’s a tad bit noisy when it’s closed and there is a strong wind outside but it is fabric and perhaps a worthy sacrifice.
The interior is also very pleasing. It’s eye catching and very well equipped. I like the centre touch screen with runs Opel’s MyLink infotainment system. The fabric seats are also clever as they are made from a material that is not only tough but has the ability to dry quite quickly as I discovered when I realised that I forgot my towel after I had a swim in the sea.
As for the back, well there are seats but not much leg room. The boot is also quite small and is easily filled by three shopping bags. Luckily though the rear seats can fold flat to accommodate holiday luggage.
Pocket size fun
Seeing as though I was a tourist, well sort of, I got lost many times. Sometimes it was okay but other times I found myself heading down tight city streets. The strange thing is that even though the streets are narrow, people will still park on them, reducing space even more. Thanks to the Adams small size I was able to navigate through many tight spaces and to make things even easier is the cars ‘City’ mode steering setting. This lightens up the steering making parking in tight spots a one take manoeuvre.
Rocking the mountain passes
Some of our countries best driving roads are found in and around the Cape. I made sure that I drove as many as I could and the Adam Rocks handles them with ease. Under the short stubby little bonnet lies a 3-cylinder turbocharged 1.0 litre engine which develops 85kW/170Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Not once did I feel as if the Adam was underpowered, sure I had to work the gears on the steep bits but other than that the ride is rather spirited. In town and traffic the little Adam skips about just fine making good use of its 170Nm. As for the fuel consumption, well I managed a steady 8.4 litres/100km. It’s not exactly the 5.0 litres/100km claimed by Opel but this was no economy run, I was far too busy enjoying myself.
Overall the Adam Rocks was a great companion during my time in the Cape. It offered everything that I required from it; fun to drive, economical and stylish. It must be said though that it’s not the most spacious of cars and the fabric roof, although very trendy, does make things inside a tad bit noisy. Now as much as I like the Rocks, the standard Opel Adam would have delivered the same sort of experience, that’s probably why I saw so many of them roaming the Cape.
Pricing: R273 400