Vauxhall Adam review

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Designed to prove a worthy rival against the likes of the Fiat 500 and the Mini hatchback, the Vauxhall Adam starts pricing from £11,255, with higher range models climbing all the way up to £14,000.

Comparatively this makes the Adam one of the more expensive city cars to enter the current market. The starting price is nearly £1,300 more than a basic Fiat 500 model for instance, plus it’s over £2,000 more than base models for other current city cars including the Ford Ka, Kia Picanto and the Chevrolet Spark.

Styling and equipment

However, to make up the heavier pricing, one of the more unique appeals behind the Vauxhall Adam is its extensive choice of trim and colour options for both the exterior and interior.

It allows the customer to adjust the Adam city car to very specific styling tastes, and there are also some sophisticated gadgets available to give the model a real premium quality.

The Vauxhall Adam is also one of the most frugal cars available from 2013 with petrol engines offering road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions thanks to fuel-saving technology such as stop-start.

The stop-start system switches off the car’s engine while the vehicle is sitting idle and in neutral amongst traffic or whilst waiting at a set of traffic lights. The engine will be quickly started again when the driver engages back into first gear and lifts up the clutch pedal to the car’s ‘biting point’.

The specification line-up for the Vauxhall Adam includes three trim levels, all with short, similar and flamboyant names. The range begins with Jam and is followed by Glam at mid-range and Slam for the highest-priced Adam models.

Once customers have picked their trim level they have a large choice of paint colours to choose for the bodyshell. The names of these paint choices add heavy pop-culture references, with selections including ‘Purple Fiction’ ‘Papa don’t Peach’ and ‘Buzz Lightgreen’.

Alternatively when choosing exterior colour and styling, customers can pick from a selection of optional ‘pre-set’ styling packages. There are three colouring packs available on all specifications, including the two-tone ‘Black or White Pack’, and more eccentric options including the ‘Twisted Pack’ and the ‘Extreme Pack’.

There are also three optional decal packages for the Vauxhall Adam; one each is applied to the three trim levels. They include the ‘Splat’ decal package for the Jam trim, ‘Fly’ for the Glam trim and ‘Stripes’ for the Slam trim. All decal packages are available to order from the Adam’s launch.

Four base colours are available for the Adam’s interior including Black, Cocoa, Purple and White. These sit alongside 15 different seat trims, which are again offered in a wide range of colours and different materials.

Buyers also get 20 different wheel designs and colours for their Adam, ranging for 16″ to 18″ wheels sizes.

All of these choices just reflect how outstandingly customisable the Vauxhall Adam is to motorists, allowing access to a greater level of creative freedom usually restricted on many other current car models including even the most trendy-looking city car rivals.

The interior

The customisable cabin of the Adam itself has four seats, though as you likely expect with a city car cabin space is restricted in the back. On the plus side though the front row of seats should offer passengers more than enough space, and those inside can enjoy the expansive equipment list standard.

As standard the Vauxhall Adam features a multimedia system with a 7″ touchscreen referred to as IntelliLink. This gadget supports DAB radio, CD player and Bluetooth connectivity. Cruise control and heated mirrors are also provided standard on the Adam.

The boot space meanwhile offers a compact but respectable 170 litres when the rear seats are folded up.

Engines and performance

Driving the Vauxhall Adam along is an engine choice comprising of three petrol units. Buyers can go with a 69bhp 1.2-litre unit, or either 86bhp 1.4-litre unit or a 98bhp 1.4-litre unit. All of these engines are connected to a dependable five-speed manual gearbox.

The 69bhp unit is itself a sprightly enough unit for the Adam, covering the 0-60mph sprint in 14.9 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 102mph.

The 86bhp and 98bhp engine units offer an even more flexible and punchy drive for the little Vauxhall Adam even at low revs, with the latter unit cutting the 0-60mph time down to 11.5 seconds.

For the most efficient driving though the 69bhp engine is the ideal choice, particularly in the specification which combines Vauxhall’s ecoFlex driving technology, as well as the stop-start engine system.

Starting from £11,550, the Vauxhall Adam 1.2 ecoFlex Jam returns 56.5mpg and emits just 118g/km in CO2, only 11g/km less than the highest CO2 producing Adam models.

All-round the Vauxhall Adam offers motorists a smart, stylish and decent powered supermini with an appetising large list of customisation options which offer a genuine opportunity to own a truly unique car.

The Vauxhall Adam is set to go on sale across UK showrooms including Perrys Vauxhall Dealerships starting from early March 2013.