The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The driving position is well designed, with plenty of adjustment for the driver’s seat. Handily, you can make small 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, but it’s supportive and keeps you from sliding around in corners.
We’ve only tested the Adam fitted with the optional IntelliLink touchscreen that is easy to reach and sits low down in the centre console. The standard dashboard should be fairly straightforward, too, with easy-to-read dials, and you get the same, easy-to-use rotary air-con controls in all models.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
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.
Sat nav and 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.
Most buyers will choose to add the well-priced IntelliLink to base-level models; this brings a colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. It's standard on Energised models, with a more sophisticated version with sat-nav on top Griffin trim.
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, including the DS 3.
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