Vauxhall Adam (2013 – 2019) Review

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Vauxhall Adam (2013 – 2019) At A Glance

Huge amount of personalisation for interior and exterior. Good level of standard equipment. Much improved later engines.

Limited interior space. Original engines were dull and dated. Not special to drive.

New prices start from £13,450
Contract hire deals from £151.88 per month
Insurance Groups are between 3–16
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure

Given the success of cars like the MINI, the FIAT 500 and the Citroen DS3, it’s easy to see why Vauxhall decided to introduce the Adam. It’s available with a huge range of customisation options including a contrasting roof, a selection of alloy wheel designs, various interior colours and even an illuminated head lining.

In fact, the range of options is possibly more comprehensive than that of any other car. There’s a colour combination to suit all tastes and styles, from aggressive and sporty to cute and cuddly. Unfortunately this brings problems – it’s very easy to get carried away with the options list and add a lot of extra cost when configuring your ideal car. Plus anything too garish could affect the resale value.

The initial range of engine choices is similar to the Corsa, with a 1.2-litre petrol producing 70PS and a 1.4-litre petrol producing either 87PS or 100PS. None of these is particularly impressive and refinement, performance and economy could be better. The most frugal model manages a respectable but unremarkable 56.5mpg, but it emits 117g/km, lagging behind the likes of the Fiat 500 and Citroen DS3. 

It wasn't until 2014 that the new 998cc 3-cyinder turbo engine was introduced with outputs of 90PS and 115PS, both with the benefit of 99g/km CO2 making if free annual VED. 

Practicality isn't great. There’s not much space in the back seat, with little leg or headroom. Only two back seats, and even children struggle to fit if there are tall occupants up front. Furthermore the boot is fairly tight at 170 litres and it has a high load lip, so it’s awkward to load heavy items. Thankfully, folding the rear seats frees up 600 litres of space, which is plenty for bulky objects.

Standard equipment is good and includes Bluetooth, USB connectivity and air conditioning. The Adam is also available with options like a heated steering wheel. Other optional technology includes an Advanced Park Assist system which measures parallel spaces and then automatically steers the car in while the driver controls the brakes and accelerator.

If you really need to customise your car and make it your own then it’s hard to beat the range of options Vauxhall offers for the Adam – but it is very much a case of style over substance. It’s not a particularly practical car, nor does it have an impressive range of engines. The Citroen DS3 is more practical, while the Fiat 500 has a broader range of engine choices and the Audi A1 carries more prestige.

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Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Adam (2013 – 2019)

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Average performance


Real MPG

32–52 mpg

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Following an accident in a CCTV-monitored car park, can I request the footage of the incident?
My granddaughter has the customary black-box installed by her insurance company in her Vauxhall Adam. As she was driving in the car park she parks at for work, another motorist (with a passenger) reversed out of a bay they had just driven into. The collision caused considerable damage to the nearside of my granddaughter's car, shaking her up but thankfully she suffered no injuries. The car park has security cameras. Do the public have any rights to see footage from such cameras in a public place or is it a question of going to the company that owns/monitors them? If they did allow my granddaughter to see the footage, is any kind of fee involved and would she be entitled to a copy, even if such a copy was her recording the incident from a screen onto her mobile phone? I imagine such companies only retain the footage for a limited period. The police are not involved and there are no independent witnesses.
I would certainly request the footage, but your granddaughter has no right to them. It's rare they say no, but if they do you could try doing a subject access data request. They still do not have to disclose this though because they could argue they do not have the consent of the other party. However, this may all be very unnecessary as the damage on your granddaughter's vehicle will clearly corroborate how the incident occurred, along with the details that will be recorded on the black box.
Answered by Tim Kelly
Repairs versus write off
My car was worth 8800-9000 pounds pre accident. The garage has costed repairs at 4560 and I also need a car to drive while awaiting the repair. My concern is this. I have insurance and Gap insurance which means I should have the full cost of the pre accident value of the car, but the engineer has decided it is damaged repairable. I'm concerned with the valu then of the car should I decide to sell it on. Do I have any right to ask the engineer for a second opinion? I really feel that it may have been better to write it off?
You can question the likely cost of the hire car for the duration of the repair, making a case that the cost of the repair and of the hire car is likely to exceed the write off value of the car.
Answered by Honest John

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