Vauxhall Adam Performance

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To an extent, this is where the Adam falls apart. Although it’s the looks and options that’ll draw the punters in, the Adam’s humble Corsa underpinnings do it little favours out on the road.

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Kicking off the range is a 69hp 1.2-litre engine. Above that there are two modern 1.4-litre petrols with 86hp and 98hp. Both offer mpg fuel efficiency in the mid-50s and decent performance.

The 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol was launched a little later in the Adam’s life. It feels lively and eager to move the Adam around. It’s also more hushed than Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost, which takes away some of the characteristical thrum of three-cylinders but also makes the small Adam quiet on the motorway.

Clumsy handling and a poorly controlled body mean it's not as much fun as it could be

Mat Watson
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Only available in the expensive Adam Rocks S is the turbocharged version of the 1.4-litre. It produces 150hp for spirited acceleration of 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds. That would be fine if it didn’t cost more than the brilliant Ford Fiesta ST, which gets from 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds.

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It’s easy to drive in town and some say the Adam is fun to chuck about, but it rolls too much for a small city car. It’s an improvement over the Fiat 500, but the Mini has it licked for thrills.

Ride quality is nothing special either – on larger wheel options particularly, the Adam can hop and jiggle on rough roads. Many reviews say the ride quality is downright uncomfortable. Best to choose wheels of 16-inches and below to improve it a little.

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