Parkers overall rating: 2.9 out of 5 2.9
  • Rear seats are very small
  • Boot isn’t especially large either
  • At least there’s plenty of odds and ends storage

This is no roomy hatchback, so Vauxhall Adam practicality is immediately limited. With just two adults in the car there is plenty of head- and legroom for them, but sit two more people in the back and they will find the rear space very cramped.

The load space is small with the rear seats in place but it will swallow a couple of soft bags for a weekend away. The door pockets are of a decent size and will hold a 500ml bottle of water while there are enough cubbies for nik-naks and loose change.

The Vauxhall Adam’s electrical power steering system also benefits from a dedicated City mode. At the flick of a switch the steering becomes feather-light making the Adam incredibly easy to park in tight, crowded town centres.

Vauxhall Adam safety

  • Five-star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Raft of active safety kit available
  • Surprising lack of adaptive cruise control

This car will appeal to city drivers and, given the chance of numerous urban prangs, buyers will want the Vauxhall Adam’s safety levels to be good. Standard kit includes an electronic stability system featuring Hill-Start Assist (HAS) and cruise control with a speed limiter.

There’s also a comprehensive airbag system comprising of two front, a pair of thorax and pelvis side ‘bags and a couple of curtain airbags.

The Adam also has Advanced Park Assist II as an optional feature. Drivers engage the system with a button on the dashboard and it tells them when they reach a parking space large enough to accommodate the car. The system then automatically steers them into the parking space, with the driver only needing to control the brake, clutch and gears.

As is par for the course with city cars, the Adam achieved a four-star crash test rating when sampled by the experts at Euro NCAP back in 2013.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Adam (12-19).

  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator

Energised equipment

Energised standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
Energised optional equipment
None available

Energised Black Jack equipment

Energised Black Jack standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
Energised Black Jack optional equipment
None available

Glam equipment

Glam standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
Glam optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator

Grand Slam equipment

Grand Slam standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
Grand Slam optional equipment
None available

Griffin equipment

Griffin standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front electric windows
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Griffin optional equipment
None available

Jam equipment

Jam standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
Jam optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
S optional equipment
None available

Slam equipment

Slam standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
Slam optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator

Unlimited equipment

Unlimited standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
Unlimited optional equipment
None available

White Edition equipment

White Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
White Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Vauxhall Adam (12-19) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 87%
Child Occupant: 72%
Vulnerable Road Users: 65%
Safety Assist: 81%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.