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Vauxhall Adam review-prices, specs and 0-60 time
The Adam is Vauxhall’s entry into the wilfully stylish city car market, a lucrative sector for automotive sales where models like the Fiat 500 and MINI are considered. Vauxhall claims there are a million possibilities when specifying the Adam, something we can easily believe despite the current lack of either a diesel or automatic option, but while it will appeal to the aesthetes of this world the chassis lacks dynamism – and, criminally for a city car, the Adam can have an uncomfortable, clunky ride if you opt for a model with sports suspension and 18-inch alloys. We’d have to say both the Fiat and the MINI are more appealing packages for trendy urbanites.
The 1.0-litre EcoTec engine, a three-cylinder turbocharged unit, is a proper little jewel. Ultra-smooth and keen to rev, it almost renders the rest of the Adam’s all-petrol engine line-up obsolete. Despite the fact it is the smallest capacity unit in the range, at 113bhp it is the most powerful aside from the 148bhp found in the range-topping Grand Slam and it is the only turbocharged car aside from that Grand Slam too.
If you can put up with the daft name, the Adam Rocks is probably worth closer inspection. Its pseudo-off-road leanings mean the suspension is revised and raised, which doesn’t exactly sharpen up the handling, but it does improve the ride immeasurably, even on the Rocks’ giant 18-inch wheels. Unlike other Adams, most notably the Grand Slam, the Rocks manages to filter out large lumps and bumps in the road to the benefit of its occupants. The Rocks comes with the choice of three engines, the superb 1.0 EcoTec among them, and for a £1,000 premium buyers can add an electrically operated folding canvas roof. Although then you end up with a car called the Adam Rocks Air, which is almost as cringe-worthy nomenclature as some of the Adam’s colours…