Parkers overall rating: 2.9 out of 5 2.9

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Vauxhall Adam?

Yes, as it makes a good, used buy. Although it's still on sale, the Adam is due to be phased out before the end of the 2019. It was conceived as a rival to the MINI Hatch and DS 3, and never really gained the cool appeal those cars did, even though it offered so many personalisation options. Between its launch in 2012 and 2019, it was sold in a number of variations, and an engine range that spanned a 1.0-litre three-cylinder to a 1.4-litre turbo packing a useful 150hp.

Although it is still on sale for a little while longer, it's fair to say that it's probably not a particularly exciting choice in an upscale city car market that's packed with some very cool - and capable - offerings. If you're looking to buy new, bear mind that there's only one engine available now, and it's very underpowered.

'The Vauxhall Adam is about to go off-sale, and it won't be directly replaced. That tells you all you need to know about this small car. But it isn't a bad thing – it does personalisation well, and some of the engines were really good. It will make a good used buy, too.'

Keith Adams, Parkers Editor

The 0-62mph time of 14.9 seconds doesn't go all the way in explaining just how much of a struggle you'll find a motorway journey with more than two people on board.

Having said that, there's so little room in the back that you'll be best off treating it as a two-seater anyway. Unless you have small children. The good news is that as it's so near the end of its production run, your local Vauxhall dealer will be keen to entertain haggling, and we'd say you'll be able to lower your monthly outlay or overall list price without too much difficulty. If that doesn't appeal – play safe and buy a MINI.

Vauxhall Adam rear