This Vauxhall Adam includes climate control, ISOFIX anchor points for child seats, cruise control, alloy wheels, traction control, folding rear seats, cloth seat trim and heated mirrors.
Petrol 53.3 combined MPG
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CO2: 125 g/km
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Chrome effect window side mouldings, Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch, Heated rear windscreen, Intermittent front and rear wash/wipe, Laminated windscreen, Rear Demister, Tinted glass including windscreen
ABS, CBC - (Cornering brake control), EBD + Brake Assist, ESP plus, Hill start assist, Traction control
Colour-keyed fleece velour carpets
Cruise control + speed limiter, PAS, Speed sensitive power steering
Audible lights on warning, Digital clock, Electronic odometer and trip odometer, Low fuel level warning light, On board computer, Rev counter, Service interval indicator
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
6 speakers, Auxiliary input socket, Radio/CD + MP3, Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Exterior Body Features
Black finish on B pillars, Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles with chrome trim, Body colour front spoiler, Chrome effect front door sill covers, Chrome window surround, Fixed glass sunroof with sunblind
Adaptive brake lights
Air recirculation control/activation light, Electronic climate control air conditioning
12v power outlet - front, 12V power socket in centre console, 2 cargo hooks, 2 rear cupholders in centre console, Chrome roof liner, Compartment in glovebox, Driver/front passenger assist handle, Front adjustable drinks holder, Front door pockets, Height/reach adjust steering wheel, Illuminated glovebox, Load compartment cover, Luggage cover, Tilt/telescopic steering column
Front centre dome lamp, Illuminated load area, Interior courtesy light operated by all doors, Welcome lighting
Curtain airbags, Driver/Front Passenger airbags, Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Seatbelt warning, Side airbags, Side impact protection beams, Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display
50/50 split folding rear seat, Driver/front seatbelt pretensioners, Front body-lock seatbelt pretensioners, Front seats - 'Easy Entry', Height adjustable driver's seat, Height adjustable head restraints, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Rear headrests, Rear outer 3 point seat belts
Anti-drill door locks, Electric tailgate lock with touchpad, Folding key, Immobiliser, Locking wheel nuts, Remote central locking
Twin sun visors incorporating drivers vanity mirror and cover
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|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||3E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||6|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||1|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||87|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||72|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||4|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||65|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||81|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||20000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||72|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||100000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||73.4|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||72.6|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||50.4|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||61.4|
|EC Urban (mpg):||38.7|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||14.9|
|Engine Power - BHP:||70|
|Engine Power - KW:||51|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||5600|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||85|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||11.7|
|Engine Torque - NM:||115|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||4000|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||195/55 R16|
|Tyre Size Rear:||195/55 R16|
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|Wheel Type:||16" ALLOY|
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|Width (including mirrors):||1966|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||38|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1470|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||484|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||170|
|Max. Loading Weight:||369|
|Max. Roof Load:||50|
|No. of Seats:||4|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||9.8|
Odd name, interesting car. The Vauxhall ADAM is a city car with attitude. Jonathan Crouch reports on the entry-level 1.2i 16v 70PS petrol version.
Even in its least powerful 1.2i 16v petrol form, the ADAM punts Vauxhall straight into the style-led city car sector. It's striking to look at, both inside and out and includes some features yet to be seen in this segment. The big question will be whether urban hipsters will get past this most blue-collar of badges.
Vauxhall has built some stylish cars in the past. The trouble is, they've only been stylish to a small percentage of the car buying population. A Vauxhall with widespread chic appeal? I'm struggling to think of one. Some of the company's niche models have undoubtedly worked and worked well, but with its ADAM city car, Vauxhall is looking to grab the attention of fashionista buyers who might otherwise choose a MINI, a Fiat 500 or a Citroen DS3. Yes, you did read that correctly. It's called an ADAM. We can't even blame Vauxhall for that odd name. It's an Opel thing. Vauxhall's sister brand in Germany flexed the corporate muscles a bit and insisted the car would be named after Adam Opel, the company's founder. It's now got me wondering if it'll start at trend for Biblical car names. Lotus Ezekiel anyone? Let's check this car out in entry-level 1.2i 16v petrol guise.
Talk to anyone who really knows about cars and they'll tell you how good the latest generation Corsa is. Trouble is, the man in the street still associates the Corsa with the mediocre old vehicles that replaced the Nova and weren't particularly great. The ADAM rides on a cut down version of the Corsa's chassis and that can only be good news. It's been extensively re-engineered to suit the demands of the shorter wheelbase. It's ostensibly quite a simple set-up but Vauxhall has invested years of know how into it. Up front are a set of MacPherson struts while the rear end utilises a torsion beam set-up. Ease of use on urban roads is enhanced by a CITY mode, which increases the electronic power steering system's assistance at lower speeds.
This is a car that's going to sell largely on whether the styling chimes with new car buyers and Vauxhall certainly can't be accused of going at it half-cocked. There's a lot going on, the design work attributed to Brit, Mark Adams' team in Europe. The ADAM incorporates a 'floating' roof which is visually disconnected from the body, which works particularly well with two-tone colour schemes. It looks like no other Vauxhall but still incorporates a bunch of existing styling cues, such as the Astra's wing-shaped chrome grille bar and the blade shape in the lower doors. Like MINI, Vauxhall is looking to appeal to the customer's sense of individuality in the sheer amount of colour combinations and materials. Wheels range from 16 inches in size for entry-level cars and there are 17 and 18-inch options further up the range, with a lowered sports chassis part of the deal. Unlike many cars which offer striking exterior designs but an interior that betrays a sudden curtailment of development budget, the cabin of the ADAM is, if anything, even bolder than the exterior. There's extensive use of body-coloured trim inserts, not only on the dashboard but also reaching along the centre console and onto the steering wheel aimed at giving the interior a real riotous personality. A seven-inch touch screen interface is the big point of interest from a technological perspective. It's both iPhone and Android compatible, and can access internet-downloaded apps in the same manner as the latest Renault Clio and Peugeot 208. Where specified, the navigation and infotainment controls are all marshalled by the touch screen. There's even a choice of headlining, including an LED-lit starlight roof trim.
Prices for the 1.2-litre ADAM start at just over £11,000, so there's a saving of around £300 over the lesser-powered of the two 1.4-litre petrol models. Whichever engine you choose, the ADAM is offered with three trim levels, JAM (fashionable/colourful), GLAM (elegant/sophisticated) and SLAM (racy/sporty). The latest generation ESP system is standard on all models and it also includes a Hill Start Assist function. The wonderful star-effect roof and a heated steering wheel are options that differentiate the Vauxhall from the run of the mill city car contenders and these surprise and delight features are key in a market that's not always led fully by upfront pricing.
Expect 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and 124g/km of CO2 from a 1.2-litre ADAM, figures that improve to 56.5mpg and 118g/km if you specify the extra cost ecoFLEX package. As well as low rolling resistance tyres, this includes a start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. All enough to make a difference of around 5% to your figures, stats you can hopefully replicate on a day-to-day basis thanks to an 'Eco Drive Assistant' - basically a section of the trip computer that monitors energy consumption and indicates when to shift up.
If you can get past the rather unusual naming culture, it's easy to see why Vauxhall are so bullish about the ADAM range. It cherrypicks from some tried and tested chassis and engine technology and builds on that with extrovert styling and promises decent build quality. The interior moves the citycar game on in several key regards, including the option of a wonderful starlight roof and the intelligence of its iPhone and Android-compatible touchscreen infotainment system. Even in least powerful 1.2-litre guise, it all adds up to a very interesting choice if you're looking for a style-conscious little runabout. So don't sign the cheque for that Fiat 500 just yet.....
Thinking of a MINI or a Fiat 500? Then you also need to be thinking about Vauxhall's trendy little ADAM. Jonathan Crouch drives the brand's little lifestyle citycar.
The ADAM is Vauxhall's refreshingly different take on the small car sector. It doesn't replace the brand's conventional citycar and supermini offerings but it does offer a more stylish option that sits somewhere in between for buyers bored by the sight of BMW's reinvented MINI on every drive and unmoved by Fiat's funky 500. Here's a fashionable alternative with an encyclopaedic list of options, bidding for individuality beyond the hatchback herd.
The model title's is a nod to Adam Opel, the founder of Vauxhall's European sister company, but is unlikely to start a trend for Biblical car names. It may though, start a trend for buyer personalisation, the like of which the market has never before seen. With over a million possible specification and trim combinations, the chances of two identical Vauxhall ADAMs ever being produced are statistically quite slim. Ground-breaking where it matters then - in the showroom. To disguise perhaps the fact that this car is actually quite conventional in arguably less important areas, running on the underpinnings of Vauxhall's old third generation Corsa. The dealer network won't mind. It's the stylish look and feel that will sell this model. True enough, the Griffin brand has brought us some stylish designs in the past, but they've only appealed to a small percentage of the car buying population. Now at last, we've a Vauxhall with widespread chic appeal - a pretty new concept for British customers to grasp. Let's try it.
So what's it like behind the wheel? Slide into the seat and there's a very different feel from that provided by a Corsa - or any other conventional supermini come to that. The commanding driving position, the big chunky MINI-like wheel, the wide, low glass area. It all makes you eager to tackle the urban jungle, with the promise of secondary road sportiness beyond. Not too much mind. Though there's a 150PS 1.4-litre petrol turbocharged powerplant in the top shopping rocket 'S' model at the top of the range, most ADAM variants must use humbler engines. Of these, the pick of the bunch is the 115PS 1.0i Direct Injection petrol turbo unit that's well worth paying a premium for. This was first introduced on the convertible 'Rocks Air' bodystyle and has since been extended out across the range. If you can't stretch to this unit, then you'll have to restrict your search to one of Vauxhall's older ptrol engines - curiously, there's no diesel option. These petrol choices include the 70PS 1.2i and a 1.4i unit with either 87 or 100PS options. To be honest, the entry-level 70PS 1.2-litre 16v engine does struggle a little with the task of pushing nearly 1.1-tonnes of ADAM up the road with any real zip, sixty two mph from rest occupying nearly 15s on the way to a top speed only just over 100mph. Better by far to find only a little more for one of the 1.4s. The 87PS unit manages 62mph in a far more acceptable 12.5s on the way to 109mph. And the 100PS engine improves things further to 11.5s and 115mph.
Though Vauxhall offers an unusual 'Rocks Air' convertibe version of this car, most buyers will be looking at the single three-door hatch bodystyle. At under 3.7m in length, this ADAM is actually shorter than many citycars and a full 300mm shorter than Vauxhall's Corsa supermini. But there's more to it than that. The tall height and the considerable width - it's actually wider than a Corsa - positions it visually as a bigger car than it actually is. A clever trick, which also pays dividends inside. As in a Fiat 500, the high roof gives a spacious feel, something that here is further underlined by the greater width and glass area. But all the smoke and mirrors in the world can't create space where there isn't much and Vauxhall's claim that this design can 'comfortably seat four adults' requires for fulfilment the directive that those in the front should be very short-legged indeed. And at the wheel? Well, as a buyer you'll have used the enormous trim choice range to complete a decor finish that's either restrained, wilfully extrovert or more likely, as in this case, a feel that's somewhere between the two. Most models offer a dash dominated by the optional 7-inch LCD colour Intellilink infotainment system, one of the first to be able to communicate with both Apple and Android devices and applications and operable either via the touchscreen itself or through steering wheel switchgear. Out back, a prod on the rear Griffin badge reveals a 170-litre boot that lies size-wise somewhere between slightly smaller shape of a MINI and the slightly larger one of a Fiat 500.
The ADAM value proposition is based on a pretty simple trade of size against style. The idea is that, just as with a MINI or a Fiat 500, you should get a citycar-sized runabout (think tiny Ford Ka or Volkswagen up!) for the cost of something supermini-shaped (think Corsa or Fiesta), with compensation provided by a super-sized helping of style and desirability. Prices start at around £12,000 for the base 1.2i 16v petrol version, but we'd find the extra few hundred for one of the two petrol 1.4s that are notably less feeble. Or even better, we'd stretch to the £2,000 premium required over the 1.2 to get our selves the pokier, yet more economic 1.0i petrol turbo engine. Is it equally important to go large when it comes to trim levels? When it comes to that, I'm not quite so sure. There are three main ones. From baseline 'JAM' (supposed to be what Vauxhall calls 'fashionable'), you can pay just under £1,500 more to go 'GLAM' (for a trim package that's apparently more 'elegant') or pay a further £500 on top of that for the top, supposedly 'sportier' trim level we tried - 'SLAM'. Given though that this car is all about bespoke tailoring, I can't help but think that a better approach would be to buy in at 'JAM' level, then individually select the options you actually want. If you want the unusual 'Rocks Air' convertible version, you'll need to think in erms of a budget starting from around £15,000.
No small car has get by these days without an exemplary set of running cost returns - and this one's no different. You have to say that the decision to go without the option of diesel power from launch was a curious one given that all this model's obvious rivals all offer it. Mainstream buyers will be totting up the likely fuel and CO2 returns from the conventional 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engine line-up the car was introduced with, figures that would have looked a lot better if the ecoFLEX pack you're required to pay around £300 extra for was included as standard. As well as low rolling resistance tyres, this includes a start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. All enough to make a difference of around 5% to your figures, stats you can hopefully replicate on a day-to-day basis thanks to an 'Eco Drive Assistant' - basically a section of the trip computer that monitors energy consumption and indicates when to shift up. It's a package I'd certainly want to bargain my way into when buying this car. Doing so will see you return a combined cycle reading of around 56mpg and a CO2 return of around 119g/km, whichever of the mainstream 1.2 and 1.4-litre models you select. Better though, to go for the more modern 115PS 1.0-litre ECOTEC unit this car borrows from its Corsa supermini stablemate. Despite its extra power, this unit delivers 57.6mpg and 114g/km.
So the name's unusual. And so, for Vauxhall, is the approach. This most blue-collar of all mass-market makers is now offering us a potentially more bespoke product than lottery winners can buy from Aston Martin or Rolls Royce. At a price almost anyone can afford. It's all rather intriguing. The tiny lifestyle city statement this car represents is a well familiar one of course. But no rival MINI or Fiat 500 has yet offered scope for personalisation quite on this scale. Some of course will argue that these cars are trendier-looking to start with and so need less dressing up. But by the same token, many others are starting to find their retro-vibe tiresome and overly familiar. These people may well be quite happy to sign up to a newer, fresher look, even if to get it, they must trade the higher-tech and sportier handling that some other rivals will offer. And of course, as with most cars of this kind, they must be prepared to forgo the greater space they'd have enjoyed in an ordinary run-of-the-mill supermini that would have cost much the same. The growth of this particular little market niche suggest that there are many buyers out there making those sorts of choices and in meeting their needs, this is very much the kind of more interesting fashion-led product Vauxhall simply has to make for long term profitability. If it strikes a chord with you, well why not? It may well be time to say 'Hello' to ADAM.
Vauxhall's little ADAM is a properly trendy little lifestyle-orientated small runabout. Yes, something you could even consider buying over a MINI. June Neary checks it out
I'm always suspicious when a car maker claims to have produced a car 'especially aimed at someone like me'. After all, how exactly do they know what 'someone like me' might like? They don't of course, the brand in question assuming, in the case of the Vauxhall ADAM I've been looking at this week, that my preferences lie in the bespoke personalisation of my chosen wheels to my exact lifestyle. To be fair, that's not overly far off the mark. I am one of those people who likes their car to reflect them. I'm not overly bothered about 0-60 times and newton metres of torque. And I don't need enough space to accommodate the von Trapp family in the back. I would, on the other hand, very much like a compact runabout that at low cost, I could spec to look like nothing else on the road. So who knows, I may very well be target market for the Griffin brand's trendy little tiddler. On that basis, I was keen to try one.
As long as you accept the compromise here - that you pay supermini (ie. Fiesta and Corsa) money but get a smaller citycar (ie. Ka and Fiat 500) shape, you won't be disappointed. As in a Fiat 500, the high roof gives a spacious feel, something that here is further underlined by the greater width and glass area. But all the smoke and mirrors in the world can't create space where there isn't much and Vauxhall's claim that this design can 'comfortably seat four adults' requires for fulfilment the directive that those in the front should be very short-legged indeed. To be fair, it's virtually impossible for something this short to properly seat two fully-sized people in the back, something most ADAM owners will rarely want to do anyway. But for those occasions when friends do need transport, they'll feel less claustrophobic here than in just about any small lifestyle runabout I can think of. It's certainly much nicer in the back than it would be in a MINI, a car which offers a rear seat position that even kids object to. And at the wheel? Well, as a buyer, you'll have used the enormous trim choice range to complete a decor finish that's either restrained, wilfully extrovert or more likely, as in the case of the car I tried, a feel that's somewhere between the two. This aside, curiously enough, it does feel quite MINI-like, a feeling engendered mainly by provision of the same kind of over-sized chunky steering wheel which actually rather adds to the intended feeling of impending fun.
It's based on a Corsa. Aside from that, I don't need to know very much more. Except for the fact that, as well as only being able to specify three doors, you can't have a diesel engine. Vauxhall says there's no need in this segment - but that doesn't seem to have put MINI and Fiat off from offering one. As for which of the five petrol engines you should choose, I'd probably avoid the old-tech 1.2 in favour of one of the 1.4s, an 87PS unit that manages 62mph in 12.5s on the way to 109mph. And a 100PS engine that improves things further to 11.5s and 115mph. Ask for something a little more hi-tech and the designers will point to the 115PS three cylinder turbo 1.0-litre petrol unit. Those in search of hot hatch performance can also opt for the 150PS 1.4-litre turbo powerplant fitted to the potent 'GRAND SLAM' model. As with most tiny cars of this kind, while you'll be quite comfortable in attempting a motorway trip of a few hours, you will notice at and around the legal limit that refinement isn't quite as good as you first thought. This issue isn't helped on the normally aspirated 1.2 and 1.4-litre models by the absence of a six-speed manual gearbox. All variants are much happier around town where a neat 'CITY' button can lighten the steering for easy wheel-twirling that'll get you into the tightest space. Exactly the kind of thing you'd want from a car like this.
What would you expect to have to pay for a car with more bespoke personalisation opportunities than a Rolls Royce? If I were to tell you that the starting figures - in rough terms, £11,500 to around £17,000 - are about what you'd pay for an ordinary (albeit slightly larger) Corsa supermini, then I think you'd be quite pleased. Of course, Vauxhall are banking on your being tempted to spend quite a lot more than that on the lengthy options list - something you very well might do. There's a choice of 'JAM', 'SLAM', 'GLAM' and 'GRAND SLAM' trim levels but if you take my advice, I'd just get a basic 'JAM' and bespoke add-in your own favoured extras. You start outside with the bodywork and the roof, which can be painted the same way or in contrasting colours, all bearing flamboyant names like 'James Blonde', 'Papa Don't Peach', 'Men in Brown', 'White my fire' or my personal favourite 'I'll be Black'. If you want, you can jazz up the chosen paint colour with special decal packs - 'Splat' for the JAM, 'Fly' for the GLAM and 'Stripes' for the SLAM. Many of these decals are also included in a bold selection of option packs designed to take your fashion statement to the next level - the main choice being between a simple two-tone 'Black' or 'White' approach or the bolder 'Twisted' or 'Extreme' packages. That only leaves wheels, with a wide choice between 16 to 18-inch alloy rims with interchangeable colour clips that you can click on or off as the fancy or the season takes you. And that whole idea of interchangeable fashion is carried on inside. As with the wheel clips, these fascia decor and door surround panels come in a huge range of bold colours (some are even backlit by glowing LEDs) and can be clipped on and off to suit your changing tastes - or those of subsequent owners. So you can go a bit extreme if you like, safe in the knowledge that it won't necessarily leave your car as being completely unsaleable at trade-in time.
I rather think so. The ADAM's look isn't as instantly eye-catching as a MINI or a Fiat 500 but I have to say that it's growing on me. And it's certainly possible to create the car far more to your own personal taste. In other words, were I in the market for a little lifestyle runabout, this Vauxhall might really be my kind of car. And I never thought I'd find myself saying that.
Mrs Claire Boswell - 16/10/2017, owner of a Vauxhall Adam 1.2i Energised 3dr
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