Vauxhall Adam (12 on) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 20 Sep 2013
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The Vauxhall Adam is a new small hatchback that aims to appeal directly to youth and the young at heart. It looks like an Audi A1 but Vauxhall claims that what makes this car stand out as unique is the high level of personalization a customer can specify thanks to more than a million design combinations.

Vauxhall Adam (12 on)
  • Youthful appeal
  • Tons of personalisation features
  • Not particularly frugal or cheap to tax
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals

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£11,405 - £15,440

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The Vauxhall Adam is a new small hatchback that aims to appeal directly to youth and the young at heart. It looks like an Audi A1 but Vauxhall claims that what makes this car stand out as unique is the high level of personalization a customer can specify thanks to more than a million design combinations.

The three-door, four-seater features a ‘floating’ roof, very much like the Audi A1 and the Citroen DS3, that makes the car look lower and emphasizes the airy nature of the car. Not only does it have a myriad of options and a fancy two-tone paintjob, it will also be the first car in the small hatchback category to have the option of LED daytime running lights.

Trims and interior design options

Everything about the Adam is designed to appeal to the fashion conscious, and it becomes obvious when you consider the three trim names: JAM, SLAM and GLAM. The entry level JAM is, purportedly, fashionable, mid-spec GLAM is supposed to be elegant and top of the range SLAM emphasizes the racy side of ADAM.

There are plenty of visual combinations, with a wide variety of exterior colours (with such names as ‘James Blonde’) including two different roof colours, four interior colours, 15 different seat colour schemes and a whole host of different materials, design schemes and trim options. Customers can even choose their headlining, including an LED-lit starlight roof trim.

Three petrol engines

There’s a choice of three four-cylinder petrol engines from launch: a 1.2-litre 69bhp, plus two 1.4-litre engines with either 86bhp or 98bhp. All will be available with optional start/stop technology, dubbed ecoFLEX, and will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

New for spring 2014 is a 1.0-litre ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo petrol engine which is available in two power outputs, 89bhp or 113bhp. Stop/start functionality is also standard on both.

The 89bhp version has a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 62mpg which is impressive and CO2 emissions of 99g/km which will keep monthly tax bills for company car drivers low.

Safety systems and technology

Buyers can also specify an automated parallel parking system as well as blind spot alert but standard safety features include two sets of ISOFIX child seat attachments, stability control and hill start assist. There’s also a button to increase the electronic power steering system’s assistance at lower speeds, which is especially useful for city driving and parking.

Inside there’ll be an infotainment system that’ll incorporate Bluetooth as well as connectivity for smartphones with Android or Apple software. This enables access to internet-based applications, including GPS navigation as well as music playlists, pics and phone book which can be accessed via the seven-inch, full-colour touchscreen.

From June 2013, the ADAM is also available with Siri Eyes Free, voice activation technology which enables drivers to make calls, select songs, send a text message, email, access calendars and ask Siri questions. Siri is available free of charge in all IntelliLink-equipped ADAM’s and for those customers who brought an Adam with IntellilLink prior to this date, a free update available.

The ADAM comes with a warranty that covers first owners for the lifetime of the car, or up to 100,000 miles. Read the Vauxhall ADAM review to see whether the small hatchback will be a smash hit with the trendy types.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

2.5 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

5 out of 5

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