The Vauxhall Adam is clearly a vehicle targeted for the younger market. Hip and stylish, the car comes with a wide array of tech savvy options, all designed to make personalisation one of the best reasons why the Adam is the city car for yuppies. Aside from this, Vauxhall also succeeds in melding great interior design with top security feats – a combination that Vauxhall is not fairly popular in. As a result, the Adam turns out to be more than just what Vauxhall critics believe. However, a few limitations in handling and engine performance may just dislodge the Adam from popular demand. That, and an expensive price tag too.
Three petrol engines are available for the Adam, a 1.2 and a 1.4 with 86bhp or 98bhp. These are available with a five-speed manual gearbox, Start & Stop and ecoFLEX technology. These engine variants make decent drives around urban areas.
Drivers will be excited with the Adam’s interior design and cabin. The dash is covered with quality materials, and the overall layout is symmetrical and logical in placement. A user-friendly infotainment system makes the console very appealing. Cabin space is also generous. The stylish exterior which deviates from the norm in the class may easily catch eyes on the road.
Although Vauxhaull doesn’t consistently score high rates in reliability, the Adam hits right with ample security features. These include six airbags and stability control. Drivers will also find the seat quite supportive with plenty of adjustment options.
If there’s one quality that the Adam succeeds in, it’s the model’s highly customisable equipment and stylish trim levels. The Jam, Glam and Slam are all equipped with air conditioning and Bluetooth. Accessories include automatic rear view mirror dimming, ambient lighting, and décor panels. Other improvements are 12 exterior colours, roof colour choices, wheel size with colour options and countless features.
While the engines are apt for the size, they can become irritatingly loud at certain speeds. Ambient noise from road, wind and suspension can be heard inside the cabin. The ride can also become bumpy over potholes and rough roads. The suspension feels firm at certain trim levels, and although this helps cutting corners more manageable, the rear feels unsettled.
While the driver can maximise visibility from the seat through adjustment controls, rear visibility can be obscured by the rear pillars. Owners of the Adam will also find that the model feels more cramped than other cars in the same segment. Passengers sitting on the rear seats will suffer in long rides: legroom and headroom may be too limited for adults. The boot is also smaller than most other cars in the segment.
While city cars aren’t notable for their practicality, Adam owners may just find other cars more spacious than this model. Buyers of a city car may also see Adam for its weaknesses: poor suspension and engine performance compared to the top cars in the segment. But Adam has its high points, which may just be enough reason to make it a competitive choice in certain markets.
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