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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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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Vauxhall Adam hatchback front space

The Adam is only adequate for front space, with just about enough head and leg room to accommodate tall drivers. There’s not much storage space around, but a cubby beneath the air-con controls – housing the USB and auxiliary inputs, plus the 12V socket – is ideal for storing your phone and keeping all the wires out of the way.

This is also the best place for chucking any loose change or other small items. The door bins are fairly narrow, so will hold a 500ml bottle at most. Jam and Energised models don’t get a cupholder in the front at all – you have to use the fixed holders that are set way back from the handbrake, meaning you have to stretch backwards to reach them.

However, pay a small fee and you get the set-up that’s standard in Glam and Slam models, consisting of a flexible strap set into the aforementioned USB and phone cubby to hold your drink in place. It works well enough, but it eats into the already limited storage room. The glovebox is quite shallow, but will hold a small portable sat-nav and the owner’s manual.

Vauxhall Adam hatchback rear space

No one buys a city car expecting to find sprawling space for those in the back, but the Adam is worst in its class in this area. As with many of its peers, there is room for only two in the back of the Adam, although they get quite deeply sculpted seats and adjustable headrests. However, the front seats are quite chunky, so even an average-sized driver will leave little leg room for thos behind. Head room is less of a problem but is still worse than in rivals such as the Audi A1 and Fiat 500, and even children will feel cramped back there.

The central floor space is taken up by three fixed cupholders – which are also likely to be used by front occupants. Document pockets on the back of the front seats are not included on Jam, Glam or Energised models, but are standard on Slam, S, Rocks S and Rocks Air. Door bins in the rear are fairly wide, so you could put a 1.0-litre bottle in them, but the high-set position of the bins means this would use up what little elbow room there is.

Vauxhall Adam

Vauxhall Adam hatchback seating flexibility

The rear seats fold in a 50/50 split, although they’re not sprung, so you need to give them a shove once you’ve released them via the lever on the outer shoulder of the seats. This is easy to do from the boot or the door.

When folded, the seatbacks are nearly flat, but they leave a step in the boot floor.

Vauxhall Adam hatchback boot space

The Adam’s boot is smaller than those in most other city car rivals, including the 500 and Volkswagen Up – they each have a boot that is longer and deeper. Even so, the Adam’s boot will be fine for a few big shopping bags, but anything more taxing than that and it could be a struggle. Not that you’d want to heave anything too heavy over the high loading lip.

You can add a luggage net for a small price – a hammock-like net that stops items from rolling around – and you can add an underfloor storage tray that's divided into two areas, although this is a more expensive option and will make the boot very shallow.

Finally, a hard cargo tray is also available that fits neatly into the boot and can then be removed and rinsed down easily. This is great if you regularly transport muddy stuff.

 

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