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Vauxhall Adam review

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Vauxhall Adam
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10 Jun 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:22

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The interior layout, fit and finish

Vauxhall Adam hatchback driving position

The driving position is sound, with plenty of adjustment for the driver’s seat; handily, you can make minute adjustments to the seatback using a rotary adjuster, while the steering wheel 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 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 hatchback visibility

Forward vision 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, but 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.

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Vauxhall Adam hatchback infotainment

Although it can’t beat the Mini, the Adam is one of the better cars in the class for infotainment, coming with Bluetooth, DAB radio, USB input, CD player and a multi-function steering wheel as standard. It also comes with four speakers in Jam and Energised models, and six in Rocks S, Rocks Air, Glam, Slam and S trims. Most buyers will choose to add the well-priced IntelliLink, which brings a colour touchscreen, sat-nav and online connectivity for Android and Apple smartphones. This is standard on Energised models.

With an appropriate phone connected, the IntelliLink system can run sat-nav and various social media apps through the car’s touchscreen, as well as Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free phone use. Apple iPhone users can also use Siri voice command 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 hatchback build quality

The Adam’s interior 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 down, but this is only what you’d expect in a city car. Despite this, the Adam still feels of a higher quality than most other cars in the class, short of more expensive rivals such as the Mini.

 

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Jam
Entry-level Jam is our pick of the range, because it gets a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, digital radio and USB input, as well as air-con, electric windows and alloy wheels. You only ne...View trim
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It’s mostly style extras that set Glam apart from the other trims, but a panoramic glass roof, climate control and LED running lights could sway a lot of buyers. Stick to 16in wheels to avoid the s...View trim
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Energised
Energised trim is tempting if you’re happy to stick to the 1.2 engine. Over Jam, this adds 17in alloy wheels, LED running lights and tail-lights, IntelliLink infotainment and black accents, yet it'...View trim
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Avoid this one; it’s the most uncomfortable because it gets standard sports suspension and big alloy wheels. This trim also doesn’t get the appealing glass roof that cheaper Glam models get, althou...View trim
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This is the hottest Adam. It gets sports suspension, huge alloy wheels and bespoke interior treatment, but it’s far too expensive for what it is...View trim
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