We averaged 35.4 mpg which is not that great...
The Vauxhall ADAM was introduced in the UK in 2012 to compete with the Citroen DS3, Fiat 500 and the MINI. It is targeted directly at the first time private owner; those 20 something’s that are looking for a cute new car with some tech thrown in for good measure.
It is a three-door - four-seater hatchback that measures 3.7 meters long by 1.72 meters wide (ex. mirrors), which compares to the smaller FIAT 500 which is 3.5 m long by 1.6 m wide and is based on the underpinnings of the current Vauxhall Corsa.
There is a choice of three petrol engines the 1.2-litre 70PS, 1.4-litre 87PS and 1.4-litre 100PS all with five-speed manual transmissions.
The ADAM range is available with three personalities (trim levels) - ADAM JAM (fashionable/colourful) – ADAM GLAM (elegant/sophisticated) and ADAM SLAM (racy/sporty).Vauxhall have made the combination of packs and options endless so you can customise your ADAM to your heart’s content. For example there is a choice of 12 body colours, 15 seat designs, 20 alloy wheel styles, three printed headliners and 18 interior decor panels – so you should be able to match your car to your personality.
What we tested
Vauxhall ADAM 1.4 16V VVT (87PS) GLAM finished in Saturday White Fever with an on the road price £13,270 plus extras.
Driving and Performance
We drove the 1.4 - litre ecoFLEX (87PS) GLAM which produces 87PS at 6,000 rpm – with 130 Nm of torque available at 4,000 rpm. Vauxhall quote a 0-62 mph time of 12.5 seconds and a top speed of 110 mph. There is a more powerful 100PS edition of the engine which shaves a second off the 0-62 mph time and gains 5 mph on the top speed, with no loss on fuel economy or CO2 emissions. Or you can opt for the 1.2 –litre edition but to be honest that is probably best avoided unless budget dictates.
Currently there is not a diesel engine available or a three-cylinder edition which seems to be all the rage now.
The 1.4-litre engine is equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and out of town we kept searching for a sixth gear – so it can sound a little raucous out of town, and on the motorway it does drone on.
We cannot really call the engine spritely as it runs out of puff when fully laden up hill, which was especially noticeable where we live in hilly Devon. The official NEDC fuel consumption figures are recorded as 38.7 mpg on the Urban Cycle, Extra Urban 64.2 mpg and a combined figure of 51.4 mpg – the CO2 emissions are 129 g/km.
We averaged 35.4 mpg which is not that great but most of our driving was in an urban environment and with time and as the engine runs in this should improve. It does have stop/start technology but we are not sure how much fuel this really saves and it can be a little annoying after a while.