Vauxhall Adam Road Test (2014)

Vauxhall Adam (Interior View)

Vauxhall Adam Review

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scored a disappointing NCAP four-stars....

Safety and Security

The Vauxhall ADAM has been tested by Euro NCAP and scored a disappointing four-stars in 2013.  It scored 87% for Adult Occupancy, 72% for Child Occupancy, 65% for Pedestrian and 81% for Safety Assist. Which compares to the Ford Fiesta tested in 2012, which scored five-stars - 91% for Adult Occupancy, 86% for Child Occupancy, 65% Pedestrian and 71% for Safety Assist.

The ADAM comes with ESP plus system with Hill Start Assist and Cruise control with a speed limiter, allowing the driver to set a maximum speed.

If you want an alarm, then that is an extra £250 on all models, for an ultra sonic remote control system.


Key to the target audience – our test car was equipped with the £275 IntelliLink infotainment system which comprises of a 7” full colour touch-screen display with connectivity for USB or Bluetooth for mass storage devices, including MP3 players and iPods.  It is also compatible with both Apple iOS and Android applications, which enables personal playlists, photo galleries, phone books and other stored media and data to be accessed via the touch-screen in the car.  Videos and personalised slide shows can also be viewed on the screen when the ADAM is stationary.

Smartphone owners can access internet based apps using their data allowance –for example there is Stitcher internet radio and BringGo a navigation app which offers maps for Western and Eastern Europe. A good feature of BringGo is that maps can be downloaded and you do not need data roaming when home or aboard and it is very cheap.

On the audio front the ADAM comes with an AM/FM/DAB radio plus you can stream music from your smartphone or USB stick – it utilises Gracenote for USB music devices which provides song information and album art. There is also Bluetooth telephone connectivity which allows handsfree phone operation –it can store up to 1,000 contacts which are displayed on the TFT screen when you operate the phone.

You can also access the vehicles settings through the TFT screen to control such things as the time and date, radio settings (volume, balance, fader, etc…). In addition, information about the climate control and where fitted Park Assist systems are also displayed on the IntelliLink 7-inch screen.

Should you wish you can opt for an Infinity premium speaker system for an extra £300, the standard system is fine and will entertain all but the most fussy of owners.

  • FIAT 500
  • MINI Hatchback
  • SEAT Mii
  • Skoda Citigo
What We Liked
  • It is different
  • Bold interior and exterior styling
  • Near limitless styling options
  • IntelliLink infotainment system
  • Life time / 100,000 mile warranty
What We Disliked
  • Dated engines – no diesel engine available
  • Driving dynamics
  • Price
  • Disappointing Euro NCAP result
  • Five-speed gearbox (needs another ratio)

The Vauxhall ADAM is cute and there is no doubt that this is appealing to the target audience, but it does not have the flare of the Fiat 500 or the driving dynamics of a MINI. Of course if you are looking to own your ADAM from new for the long term, it is protected by a lifetime/100,000 mile warranty which may swing some buyers.

Since we tested the ADAM, Vauxhall has announced the ADAM ROCKS which may answer some of the driving dynamics issues and there is now a new 1.0-litre ECOTEC direct injection turbo three-cylinder engine.

5 August 2013 Melanie Carter
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Vauxhall Adam Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Adam GLAM 1.4 16V VVT (87PS)
Body Type3-door Hatchback
ColourSaturday White Fever
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.5 Seconds
Top Speed 110 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)129 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra Urban64.2
Insurance Group6
Euro NCAP Rating4-star
WarrantyLifetime / 100,000 Miles (applies to first owner)
Price (when tested on the 05/08/13)£13,270

The information contained within this Vauxhall Adam review may have changed since publication on the 5 August 2013. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Vauxhall dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019