Opel Adam – Review

The Opel Adam Rocks was launched last week in Riga. It is a more rugged version of the current Adam and is aimed at the crossover market. So I thought what better time finally to get around to testing the Adam.

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A Few Facts:
Engine: 1.4 petrol
Power: 100bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque: 130nm @ 4000rpm
Transmission: 5 speed manual

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On The Road:
The Adams main purpose and where it fits in best is in the city. It comes standard with a 5 speed manual transmission. This is perfect for its intended purpose, city driving. But, It is a bit noisy on the motorway. The model I tested was the Adam Jam. The 1.4 litre engine is a great engine but I think it is a bit big for a city car. Opel claims it can get 5.1l/100km(55.4mpg) but in my opinion, an even better figure could be achieved with a smaller engine capacity. I have been informed that the Adam will get a 1 litre engine later on this year, perhaps the one out of the Adam Rocks(1 litre turbocharged petrol producing 115bhp). Other than the high capacity, the engine is great. I wouldn’t say its nippy but then again I wouldn’t say it is slow either. It can get you up to speed at a good enough rate. Opels Stop/Start system is available throughout the Adam range. This helps with fuel economy.

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Like most cars now, electronic steering comes as standard. As I have said before, a lot of people don’t like this but I don’t mind it at all, well on city cars anyway. The steering is light in normal mode, put it into city mode and you may as well be steering a toy car. It really is very light in city mode. This helps when it comes to parking and trying to negotiate tight corners in town. It really is feather light.

The Adam is not without its faults. For instance, the visibility is overall quite poor. The A pillar is quite thick and can be a bit of a nuisance. I found it quite annoying at roundabouts, having to lean forward or back to see beyond it. The D pillar at the back was also an issue. I found this a problem when parking even though my  car was fitted with the €350 option of parking sensors. Opel still haven’t addressed the issue of its notchy gearbox. Gear changes could be a lot smoother from the car. I also found the seating position a struggle. I’m 6’2″ and just about got the seat to the right position.

Looks:
Its a given, I think, that the Adam looks great. Its cute, funky and glamorous. The Adam is aimed at young and stylish urbanites. It rivals against the Fiat 500 and Citroën DS3. You can pick and choose everything on the Adam, they hope that no two Adams will be the same. Heard that before? *cough* Mini *cough*. You can choose from 16 different roof and body paint, 8 different grills and 33 different alloys ,yes, 33. The styling is fresh and you can see the resemblance of the Insignia in it. The new Corsa will look just like a bigger version of it, I reckon.

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Interior/Practicality:
The rear is very tight. I had the driver seat fully back and there would have been no leg room for another adult back there. So comfortably, you could fit 2 adults and 2 young kids perhaps. The boot is surprisingly large for such a small car. It measures in at 170 litres, pretty much on par with its competitors. Fold the seats fully down to increase this space to 663 litres. Enough space for that desperately needed trip to Ikea.

 

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The cabin is very cool. Again, it is fully customisable. The Jam comes standard with Imix White Cloth but Ocio White Cloth/Morrocana is available for an extra €195 or go for leather for an extra €1000. Mine had the Morrocana cloth and a red dash. Its a funky place to be but the thing that lets it down are the scratchy plastics used for the top of the dash and the glove box.

The Adam is available with an impressive infotainment system. Unfortunately, my test car only had a basic CD player and USB installed so I couldn’t play around with it. Available though is an IntelliLink audio system with a seven inch touch screen for €350. It can be used by either Bluetooth or USB. Also available is SIRI Eyes. This pairs with your iPhone to let you take in-coming calls, reads in-coming texts and even reads tweets.

The Numbers Bit:
The Adams 1.4 petrol engine produces 100bhp and 130nm of torque. Opel claims it will do 0-100km/h in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 185km/h. It can achieve an mpg of 55.4 combined and with low emissions of 119-120g/km, road tax is only €200. The Adam weighs in at only 1120kg.

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Price:
The Adam range starts with Adam Jam from €14,995. Next is the Glam from €16,995 and the also at €16,995 is the Slam. Slap some options on there and you’ll be making the most out of your Adam. The Adam sits in the middle compared to its close rivals; the Citroën DS3 starting at €18,345 and the Fiat 500 at €13,151.

DE’s verdict:
Overall I would give the Adam a 4/5. It has definitely made a great presence in the market and is a serious competitor amongst the likes of the Mini, 500 and the DS3. Given more time with the Adam I could probably learn to live with its impurities. Its just that cool.

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Would you like more information on the Adam Jam, Glam or Slam? Well head on over to http://www.airsideopel.ie/ or http://www.opel.ie/ They’ll sort you out with the info you need!