Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Adam is cheaper than an entry-level Mini or DS 3 but, surprisingly, costs a bit more than its closest rival, the Fiat 500. Residual values are generally weaker than those competitors, too, so it’s not such a sound long-term investment. Fuel consumption is nothing special by class standards, either, with a claimed WLTP combined figure of 44.8mpg.
If you're planning to buy on a PCP, the Adam could well be among the best options out there, because Vauxhall routinely runs low or zero-interest finance offers, with options for long-term contracts that will reduce monthly payments.
Equipment, options and extras
With just three trims available, it’s easy to pick your equipment level of choice. Entry-level Jam gets a healthy list including Bluetooth audio, USB and aux-in port that we mentioned in the infotainment section, cruise control and leather steering wheel. Rear parking sensors, sat-nav and a Winter Pack with heated seats and steering wheel can be added for not a great deal of money, so we’d recommend sticking with this and speccing some extras.
Upping to Energised trim adds the 17in wheels and sports suspension, plus a range of no-cost paint options.
Most of the Adam’s oily bits come straight from the Corsa, meaning it’s likely to be only average for reliability – the Corsa finished 8th out of 12 small cars in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey.
As a brand, though, Vauxhall did much better, finishing 12th out of 31 manufacturers surveyed.
Safety and security
All Adams come with stability control and six airbags; two in the front, two at the side and a pair of curtain airbags.
However, the Adam scored only four stars in Euro NCAP safety tests (most rivals managed five out of five), when it was tested way back in 2013. The tests are much more stringent nowadays, and the absence of technology such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) would see it struggling to bag the full five stars today
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