The driving position is sound, with plenty of adjustment for the driver’s seat; you can make minute adjustments to the seatback thanks to the rotary adjuster and a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and rake. Some will want the seat to drop a little lower, though. It’s a shame that adjustable lumbar support isn’t available to help prevent an aching lower back on longer journeys, but the seats are supportive and keep you from sliding around in cornering.
We’ve only ever tested the Adam fitted with the optional Intellilink touchscreen, but the standard dashboard should be fairly straightforward, and you get the same, easy-to-use rotary air-con controls in all models. The dials are easy to read, and all the light and wiper controls are conventional and will be familiar.
Vauxhall Adam visibility
Forward vision in the Adam is perfectly decent – the raked-back windscreen pillars don’t often get in the way of your view out of junctions or on roundabouts. The side mirrors are also a good size, which is because the over-the-shoulder visibility is severely hampered due to the Adam’s thick rear pillars. This is a good reason to add the optional rear parking sensors.
Vauxhall Adam infotainment
The Adam is one of the best cars in the class for infotainment, coming with Bluetooth, DAB radio, USB-input, CD Player, and multifunction steering wheel as standard. It also comes with four speakers in Jam, Energised and Unlimited models, and six in Rocks, Glam, Slam and S trims. Most buyers will choose to add the well-priced Intellilink system, which brings a colour touch-screen and online connectivity, dependent on a connected Android or Apple smartphone with web browsing facility.
With an appropriate phone connected, the Intellilink system can run apps including sat-nav, and various social-media interfaces through the car’s touch-screen, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone use. iPhone users can also use a voice command system to call people, select music, and even compose text messages, although this is always a little hit-and-miss in practice, with the system occasionally struggling to understand what you say.
Vauxhall Adam build quality
The Adam’s cabin looks and feels great, with high-quality materials in a variety of textures, from gloss plastics to soft leather. The switches and air-con rotary dials are also well-damped.
Admittedly, there are some sharp-edged, more flimsy-feeling plastics lower in the cabin, but this is only what you’d expect in a small car. Despite this, the Adam still feels of a higher quality than most other cars in the class, short of more expensive rivals like the Mini.