This is Vauxhall’s answer to the Fiat 500, Audi A1, Citroen DS3 and Mini. It’s dinky, has three doors, and is big on personalisation. A fun driving experience is at the car’s core, as are low running costs and endless style options in order to make an impact on the fashion-conscious, premium supermini market.
We’d say the Adam’s real strengths lie in its cute looks, classy-looking dash and array of personalisation options, but sadly it isn’t very competitive on most other fronts. The ride and handling are neither comfortable nor fun, the engines are noisy and fall short of newer, more efficient engines in rivals including the Mini and VW Up, and there’s also less space in the back than in most other city cars. All-in, there’s little more than its style appeal to recommend the Adam in this increasingly competitive class.