Its bizarre name and range of similarly odd trim levels – Jam, Glam and Slam – make the Vauxhall Adam seem like the world’s most twee marketing exercise as it attempts to take on the likes of the Mini hatchback, DS 3, and Fiat 500. A premium small Vauxhall? Can it work?
Well yes, it can. The Adam headed up a new range of Vauxhalls that have so far culminated in the excellent new Vauxhall Astra. A perfect match is the 1.0-litre petrol engine, which blends decent performance with cheap running costs, a nice sound, and a weight reduction that makes the car feel more nimble. In fact, it’s more than a match for the engines found in the excellent Mini.
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And the Adam’s huge range of personalisation kit – which means you can have a car that’s completely unique – proves this is exactly the car Vauxhall is targeting. Even if you avoid putting pen to paper on the option’s list, standard equipment includes all the essentials such as air-con, a digital radio, electric windows and alloy wheels.
If you want a more detailed look at the Vauxhall Adam, read through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers you can get on an Adam, click through to our deals page.