If you want to put some customisation, style and funk into your city car choice, then look no further than the Opel Adam. Packed with interior and exterior flair, it comes with some good engines too.
With a choice two different petrol engines with varying outputs to choose from, the Opel Adam offers you cheap motoring with a choice of relaxed or nippy engine variants. Depending on your choice of transmission, the 1.4 petrol comes with 85bhp mated to the semi-automatic 5-speed, or 100bhp if you choose the 5-speed manual. There is a second option of the 1.0 turbo three cylinder with 115bhp which is the pick of the bunch. There is also the top of the range 1.4 turbo 150bhp Adam S which is brilliant fun to drive.
The Adam certainly looks the part, but its ride does feel overly firm on most driving surfaces. That firmness does translate into good grip in the corners. The steering is not quite as engaging as you would hope to get the most enjoyment out of the extra grip, but that’s where the hot Adam S comes in. The Adams customisable element means that most customers will opt for the admittedly cooler looking 17 or 18 inch alloy wheels. We would advise forgoing this cool option in the name of making the most of the comfort available.
There is no doubting the quality of build and finish to the interior of the Adam and Adam Rocks. It’s a combination of good materials and contrast colours that add to its sleek, modern and funky interior. Its stylish dashboard design also packs a 7 inch screen that houses Opel’s IntelliLink infotainment system. There is a choice of three trim lines to choose from. These are Jam, Slam and Glam with the entry level Jam packing a very generous levels of kit as standard. This includes alloy wheels, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, cruise control and multi-function steering wheel.
The combination of high quality materials and the use of customisable vibrant contrast colours across the dashboard make the Adam feel like a premium product. The seats are comfortable and there is plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel to help any sized person find a comfortable driving position. There is also a vast options list for each trim level to further enhance the interior and exterior of your Adam. These include items like a contrast colour exterior paint job, leather interior and winter pack that includes heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The list is endless with the Adam.
The Adam just fell short of the full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test with a rating of four. This is just shy of competitors like the Fiat 500 and Citroen DS3 that both scored the full five stars. It is still a very safe choice however packing a good standard level of safety technology. This includes six airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and hill-hold assist. You can also spec additional safety tech like autonomous braking if the car anticipates a collision, meaning it will brake for you below a certain speed.
The Adam comes as a three door option only so while there is good room in the front for passengers, the rear is quite tight, The Adam does have large doors but the low roofline does not make access to the rear for adults very easy. Storage space in the cabin is not bad with large door pockets, a good glovebox and a couple of cup holders too. The boot is also small however standing at just 170 litres of space. The rear seats can be dropped but they do not fold flat, but most of the Adams clientele are not likely to be looking for too much practicality.