Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Audible lights on warning
  • Bluetooth system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Digital clock
  • Electronic odometer and trip odometer
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • On board computer
  • PAS
  • Rev counter
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Radio/CD + MP3
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Black finish on B pillars
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front spoiler
  • Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Intermittent front and rear wash/wipe
  • LED tail lights
  • Rear Demister
  • Tinted glass including windscreen

Interior Features

  • 12v power outlet - front
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 2 cargo hooks
  • 2 rear cupholders in centre console
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • Air conditioning
  • Air recirculation control/activation light
  • Black roof liner
  • Colour-keyed fleece velour carpets
  • Compartment in glovebox
  • Driver/front passenger assist handle
  • Driver/front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front centre dome lamp
  • Front door pockets
  • Front seats - 'Easy Entry'
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated load area
  • Imix cloth upholstery
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Load compartment cover
  • Luggage cover
  • Rear headrests
  • Rear outer 3 point seat belts
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Twin sunvisors with document holders and drivers covered mirror
  • Welcome lighting

Safety

  • ABS
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • ESP plus
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side airbags
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display

Security

  • Anti-drill door locks
  • Electric tailgate lock with touchpad
  • Folding key
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

125

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1229

Compression Ratio

10.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

73.4

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

72.6

Engine Code

A12XEL

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

53.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

65.7

EC Urban (mpg)

39.2

General

Badge Engine CC

1.2

Badge Power

70

Based On ID

Coin Description

i

Coin Series

Jam

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

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

60

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

100000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

14.9

Engine Power - BHP

70

Engine Power - KW

51

Engine Power - RPM

5600

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

85

Engine Torque - MKG

11.7

Engine Torque - NM

115

Engine Torque - RPM

4000

Top Speed

103

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

195/55 R16

Tyre Size Rear

195/55 R16

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

TRIPLE CROSS

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1484

Height (including roof rails)

Length

3698

Wheelbase

2311

Width

1720

Width (including mirrors)

1966

Weight and Capacities

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

Minimum Kerbweight

1839

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

9.8

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Security

Trim

Wheels

Summary

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.....

Background

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.

Driving Experience

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.

Design and Build

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.

Market and Model

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.

Cost of Ownership

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.