Vauxhall Adam

Vauxhall Adam Motability car (side view)The Vauxhall Adam is an uber cool three door super-mini, a market that has been rejuvenated by the success of the Fiat 500, the Alfa Mito and the Audi A1. The Vauxhall Adam is pitching to a tough buyer, one who not only wants an excellent car but demands the car comes with its own image, it has to impresses all when pulling over to pick up a skinny latte. This has been a stumbling block for major manufactures stepping into this fashion conscious market, the Vauxhall badge on the front of your car has never been seen as cool so instead of having a personality of its own the Adam is able to be an extension of its owners as it is customisable in a mesmerising number of ways, basically you buy a base model then have the choice of a number of packs to add to the car in order to make it your own, for example the ‘extreme’ pack to an Adam Jam adds a white roof and white alloy wheels or the ‘Twisted red and roof’ pack adds a white roof and black alloys. In the words of the Vauxhall press office – One car. A million possibilities.

 

Vauxhall Adam Motability car (dashboard)

The Vauxhall Adam comes in three base versions, the Jam, the Glam and the Slam, all have Parking sensors, Alloy wheels, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Cruise Control and air conditioning, which is a great start, the mid spec Glam adds climate control, LED running lights, fixed glass sunroof and a USB and aux input for the stereo with two extra speakers. The range topping Slam comes with OnStar for three years a two tone roof, 17″ alloy wheels and sports suspension. The reasonably priced (£275) ‘IntelliLink’ 7″ touchscreen panel adds full smartphone interaction, which can be used as a sat nav with a £50 purchase of the BringGo App for your phone, it can also stream music, photos and videos direct from your smartphone. 

 

Vauxhall Adam Motability car (rear view)

There is no diesel engine, but the engine choice is still very confusing, two four cylinder petrol engines are available: a 1.2 litre with 70 brake horse power and a 1.4 litre with either 87 or 100 bhp. As all three engines are the same price to mobility customers our advice is to opt for the most powerful unit which perks up the Adam considerably, 0-60 can be reached in 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 115 miles per hour, the economy of 51.4 miles per gallon is only 2 miles per gallon more than the sluggish 1.2 litre engine. The new 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol engine offering 113 bhp has been added to the top trims but the prices are unrealistic. The sole automatic option is the 1.4 with 87 bhp, the gearbox is an automated manual, so while it’s good for economy, it’s not as intuitive or smooth as a torque converter or dual-clutch auto.

The Vauxhall Adam makes for a good value yet confusing choice, space in the two front seats is excellent but the boot and rear are cramped, driving the Adam around town is a joy due to the light steering and comfortable driving position but on the open road the Adam becomes a little less fun as the ride is firm and driver joy is limited.  The competition offer greener, more powerful and economic engines too but the Adam is all about style and most will be choosing it because of how it looks and we do agree it looks great.

 Autumn Best Buy – Vauxhall Slam (plus tech Pack) 1.4 petrol Manual (100 bhp) with OnStar  –  £49 Advance Payment (£59.74 wpms)

 

Adam Rocks Air Motability carAdam Rocks / Air

Vauxhall have extended the range of Adam’s to include the Adam Rocks, a quite curious creation, if the PR puff is to be believed it’s a fusion of crossover, convertible and city car. It rides 15mm higher than a normal Adam and has re-tuned suspension and grey plastic wheel arches that emphasise the 18″ wheels, the ‘Air’ adds an electric rag top which is a nice touch but we can’t help feeling a little confused or perhaps we are simply getting old.

Autumn Best Buy – Vauxhall Adam Air 1.4 petrol Manual (87 bhp) with OnStar  –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 wpms)