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Ten Second Review
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.
Design and Build
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.
Market and Model
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.
Cost of Ownership
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.
By Jonathan Crouch
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Key Standard Features*
- USB Connection
- DMB digital radio
- Bluetooth audio streaming
- Roof colour pack (Red 'n' Roll) - Adam
- Roof colour pack (I'll be Black) - Adam
- Roof colour pack (Black Jack) - Adam
- Roof colour pack (White my Fire) - Adam
- Height adjustable driver's seat
- Body colour roof + door mirrors
- Special paint
- Leather steering wheel
- Morrocana cloth upholstery
- Facia, door panel and centre console inserts in Japan black
- Facia, door panel inserts in Japan black
- Bluetooth system
- Brilliant paint - Red and Roll
- Morrocana cloth - Black
|Intermittent front and rear wash/wipe|
|Tinted glass including windscreen|
|Heated rear windscreen|
|Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch|
|Dark tinted rear windows|
|Chrome effect window side mouldings|
|CBC - (Cornering brake control)|
|EBD + Brake Assist|
|Hill start assist|
|ESP off switch|
|Red brake calipers|
|Cruise control + speed limiter|
|Speed sensitive power steering|
|On board computer|
|Audible lights on warning|
|Service interval indicator|
|Low fuel level warning light|
|Electronic odometer and trip odometer|
|Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors|
|Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror|
|Steering wheel mounted audio controls|
|Auxiliary input socket|
|Radio/CD + MP3|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Black finish on B pillars|
|Body colour door handles|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Chrome exhaust tailpipe|
|Chrome window surround|
|Chrome effect front door sill covers|
|LED daytime running lights|
|Adaptive brake lights|
|Electronic climate control air conditioning|
|Air recirculation control/activation light|
|Front door pockets|
|Load compartment cover|
|2 rear cupholders in centre console|
|Tilt/telescopic steering column|
|Compartment in glovebox|
|2 cargo hooks|
|12v power outlet - front|
|Front adjustable drinks holder|
|Driver/front passenger assist handle|
|Chrome roof liner|
|Height/reach adjust steering wheel|
|12V power socket in centre console|
|Front centre dome lamp|
|Illuminated load area|
|Interior courtesy light operated by all doors|
|VXR styling pack - Adam|
|Side impact protection beams|
|Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters|
|Passenger airbag deactivate switch|
|Driver/Front Passenger airbags|
|Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display|
|Front seat back map pockets|
|50/50 split folding rear seat|
|Height adjustable head restraints|
|Front seats - 'Easy Entry'|
|Isofix system on outer rear seats|
|Rear outer 3 point seat belts|
|Front body-lock seatbelt pretensioners|
|Driver/front seatbelt pretensioners|
|Locking wheel nuts|
|Remote central locking|
|Electric tailgate lock with touchpad|
|Anti-drill door locks|
|Twin sun visors incorporating drivers vanity mirror and cover|
|Wheels - Alloy|
|18" Technical grey propellor alloy wheels|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Tyre inflation kit|
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||8.5|
|Engine Power - BHP||150|
|Engine Power - KW||110|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||4900|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||162|
|Engine Torque - NM||220|
|Engine Torque - RPM||2750|
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