While other car manufacturers are busy building bespoke tiny SUVs, Vauxhall is channelling early-2000s Rover and its Streetwise model with its new pseudo-offroader that's basically its Viva supermini in plastic bumper drag. Not that Vauxhall is trying to hide it. The tough-looking tiny off-roader, called the Viva Rocks, is now available to order, priced from £11,530 on the road (rather than off it).
The usual Viva refinements remain in place – five doors, five seats, wheels, etc. The Viva Rocks also features many design cues typically found on larger SUVs, such as a raised ride height with rugged body cladding, which helps the car handle tougher terrain. It's also got a freshened interior and OnStar and R 4.0 IntelliLink connectivity.
Despite its small size, the Via Rocks is remarkably practical, with a luggage capacity in excess of 1,000 litres once you've knocked the rear seats over.
When it comes to cosmetics, it stands out too, with silver roof rails, rugged front end (including fog lights) and rear bumpers with integrated skid pads and wheel arches, and unique 15-inch bi-colour look alloy wheels.
The R 4.0 IntelliLink system is available as an option, and brings with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while also providing navigation through Apple Maps or Google Maps. Alternatively, Navi 4.0 IntelliLink offers an integrated navigation system. The personal connectivity and service assistant, OnStar, is also available, making it one of best connected cars on the market.
It's not just at home off the beaten track though. The Viva Rocks has a ‘City’ driving mode that reduces steering effort to help with driving in tight town and city traffic and it comes with park assist and cruise control as standard.