Ray Massey mini test: For the love of Adam
Motoring editor Ray Massey takes the Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4i 16v VVT (87PS) (price as driven: £15,685) for a mini test and tells you the best and worst bits of his drive.
This perky threedoor supermini from Vauxhall has so many options that you ought to find one to suit your personality.
Be it colour, trim or those tantalising little extras, you can have almost anything you want. Maybe Vauxhall should have called it the Eve: ‘Go on, have a try. Just one bite.’
The Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4i 16v VVT (87PS) (price as driven: £15,685)
Vauxhall reckons there are more than 6.5 million permutations — and 30,000 relate just to the exterior before you factor in engines, trim levels and any extras.
There are three trims: Jam (fashionable and colourful); Glam, which was my version (elegant and sophisticated); and Slam (racy and sporty). Then there are 20 wheel designs, more than a dozen interior shades and 12 body colours, including Purple Fiction, pictured. Basic price from £11,405 to £15,440.
A fair bit of poke from the 1.4litre 16-valve engine linked to a five-speed manual gearbox that develops 87 bhp, though it’s no pocket rocket. Top speed is a perfectly adequate 109mph with acceleration from rest to 62mph in 12.5 seconds.
Fun to drive and nippy around town.
Decent fuel economy for young drivers counting the pennies. Vauxhall claims an average 51.4mpg, rising to 64.2mpg when cruising and even 38.7 mpg around town. CO2 emissions are a reasonably low 129g/km. A new one-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine will help cut emissions and boost performance.
Vauxhall Lifetime/100,000 miles warranty.
Ample kit as standard including a panoramic fixedglass roof panel with sliding blind to let the light flood in or keep you snug on a rainy day, plus CD player and digital radio with USB and Bluetooth connections.
Love the clever touch of pushing the badge on the boot to lift the tailgate.
There’s even more personalisation coming with the Adam Rocks urban minicrossover, on sale in summer, and the first Vauxhall to be fitted with the punchy new 115PS 1-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
Personalisation comes at a price. The basic onthe-road list price of the car I drove was £12,975. But by the time all those little extras were totted up, it had added more than £2,700. This included Morocana purple interior (£350), tech pack (£600), 16in triple cross alloy wheels (£200) and purple leather interior (£165).
Not as zippy as a Mini and feelsa tad cramped in the back.
The boot is small, though quite deep thanks to the high-backed seats.
The rear parcel shelf felt flimsy. But fold-down seating aids load lugging.
The ‘Greyfather’ colour of the test car I drove wasn’t to my taste. But a quick visit to the website to ‘create your own Adam’ soon put that out of my mind.