Vauxhall Adam (2013–2019)

Model History

May 2012

Vauxhall confirmed new Adam

Vauxhall confirmed that its new small hatch - similar in size to a standard MINI - would go on sale in early 2013 with the unusual name of 'Adam'. It uses the same platform as the next-generation Corsa, while the engine line-up will include a range of small petrol and diesels along with a new efficient three-cylinder engine.

3,689mm long x 1,720mm wide (1,966mm inc mirrors) x 1,484mm high.

Standard wheel and tyre size 16" alloys with 195/55 R16 tyres.

July 2012

First pictures and details revealed

Vauxhall released first official pictures of the Adam. It ws initially offered with a choice of three efficient ecoFLEX four-cylinder petrol engines from launch: a 1.2-litre 70PS, plus two 1.4-litre engines with either 87PS or 100PS. All available with optional Start/Stop technology and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Later on, the Adam was scheduled to be the first car in Vauxhall’s range to adopt the new-generation small 3-cylinder petrol engine, featuring direct injection, exhaust manifold in head, turbocharger, and an all-new six-speed gearbox. Unique to the A-segment is the Adam's new top-of-the-range infotainment system designed to support new media sources, including Bluetooth, as well as connectivity for smartphones with Android or Apple iOS software. This enables access to internet-based applications, including GPS navigation. The system uses a state-of-the-art seven-inch, full-colour touch screen display allowing quick access to a variety of on-board controls.

Round, mechanical clock-style instruments with chrome bezels mark a departure from those seen in other Vauxhalls, while Adam customers can also opt for a heated steering wheel – another first in the class.

A prime example is the Advanced Park Assist II system, which will be an option never seen before in a Vauxhall production car. Drivers engage the system with a button on the dashboard and it tells them when they reach a parking space large enough to accommodate the car. The system then automatically steers them into the parking space, with the driver only needing to control the brake, clutch and gears. APA II uses ultrasonic sensors to work its magic, and always comes in combination with Side Blind Spot Alert (SBSA).

Despite its compact dimensions of nearly 3.7 metres in length and 1.72 metres in width, the Adam's footprint is relatively broad, with front and rear tracks of 1485 and 1478mm respectively, and a wheelbase of 2311mm.

Front suspension is by MacPherson strut, with a compound crank system at the rear. Wheel sizes range from 16- to 18-inch, and cars that are specified with 17-inch or 18-inch rims come as standard with the lowered sports chassis. The latest generation ESP system is standard on all Adam's, including a Hill Start Assist function.

January 2014

Adam Black Edition and White Edition launched

The Adam Black Edition and Adam White Edition take their design cues from a smartphone, encompassing optimal connectivity and a sleek and stylish feel. Both get Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system and Siri Eyes Free voice control fitted as standard.

Owners who have an iOS 6 – or later – compatible iPhone can comfortably and safely activate the Siri Eyes Free function via steering wheel controls and operate it with voice commands while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

The Adam comes in ‘I’ll be Black’ metallic paint or ‘Saturday White Fever’ brilliant paint exterior colours. The rest of the exterior carries a brushed, aluminum-look including the side mirror housings and grille bar. In addition, there are tinted rear windows and 18-inch wheels in a Twister design with matching brushed aluminium finish wheel clips.

Inside the cabin, the Adam Black Edition has Ocio Black Morrocana seat trim cushions. While the centre console and instrument panel are piano black, the door trims, glove box, leather gear knob and handbrake handle are in contrasting bright white. The counterpart to this is the ADAM White Edition version, with its own colour scheme: the seats are Ocio White Morrocana also mirrored in the instrument panel and centre console.

May 2014

998cc 1.0T SIDI S/S 3-cylinder engine introduced giving 90PS and 170Nm torque or 115PS and 170Nm torque, both with the benefit of just 99g/km CO2, so not only the best engines in the Adam but also free VED.

January 2015

150PS 1.4 litre Vauxhall Adam S added to range, from £16,995OTR.

Top speed 124mph; 0-60 8.5 seconds, 220Nm torque. Specially-tuned chassis and VXR braking system.

ADAM S’s wide front and rear tracks (1.47 metres and 1.46 metres respectively) give the car a naturally agile and muscular appearance.

Vauxhall design cues including the blade in the lower door and the characteristic ‘shock wave’ around the door handles are clearly visible. The signature ‘wing’ shaped daytime running lights and rear lamps, both using LED technology are also familiar from other models in the ever-expanding Vauxhall range.

ADAM S’s front lip spoiler, side sill moldings and an extended rear bumper cut-out with a visible, bold exhaust tailpipe make the bodywork appear more muscular then a standard ADAM. A total of ten body colours and a further four roof combinations are available, with the Red ʼn‘ Roll roof design reserved exclusively for ADAM S customers.

The ADAM S sits on exclusive, new 18-inch wheels. The distinctive rear spoiler above the rear window and LED daytime running and rear tail lights complete the look.

The Red ʼn‘ Roll colour theme is continued inside with the optional leather package including red leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake, racing décor on the instrument panel, unique grey/black/red key design and red stitching on the door panels. Other details include special floor mats, aluminum-capped sports pedals and door entry strips with Vauxhall lettering.

A multi-colour LED interior lighting package that allows eight different ambient lighting colours including white, dark blue, orange and red, is also available.

Available as an option across the ADAM range, the sophisticated IntelliLink system offers state-of-the-art connectivity and apps. This infotainment system is fully-compatible with latest smartphones and tablets using both ANDROID and Apple iOS. It provides USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, seven speakers and a 7-inch high-definition colour touch-screen.

The integration of Apple iOS devices into the system enables use of the SIRI EYES FREE voice control function. It’s safe and easy-to-use technology which makes ADAM one of the best connected small cars on the market. Vauxhall’s smart IntelliLink system also provides navigation by the BringGo app, as well as the Stitcher and TuneIn apps.

ADAM S’s 1.4-litre Turbo engine is fitted with Start/Stop technology and meets stringent Euro 6 emission standards. The dual cam phasing for continuously variable valve timing and a turbocharger integrated within the exhaust manifold help make the engine lighter and more compact. Other weight-saving features include a cast iron block with a hollow frame structure, hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold.

ADAM S achieves 47.8mpg combined and emits 139g/km CO2.

The ADAM S’s chassis has received significant revisions to cater for the increase in the car’s performance.

The compound crank rear axle has been uprated, as have all the springs and dampers. Drivers can also deactivate the Electronic Stability Program (ESP Plus) at the touch of a button on the centre console.

ADAM S’s VXR braking system, featuring red bespoke brake callipers, comes from the previous generation Corsa VXR. It features 308mm ventilated discs at the front and 264mm discs at the rear.

ADAM S is equipped with standard 18-inch alloys with propeller-design rims fitted with 225/35 R 18 tyres.

Vauxhall's ADAM S will be in Vauxhall showrooms from March with prices starting from £16,995 on-the-road. The ADAM S features high levels of standard spec including:

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Red painted calipers (disc front 16” rear discs 15”)
  • Performance chassis
  • VXR Styling pack
  • Rear mounted roof spoiler
  • Rear Lower spoiler extended with cut out and visible chrome exhaust
  • Roof Colour pack (Optional, Red coloured roof unique to ADAM S)
  • ESP switch off button
  • Aluminium sports pedals
  • Dark-tinted rear windows
  • Electronic climate control
  • CD player with USB facility and aux-in socket
  • Digital radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Leather-covered steering wheel
  • Black Cloth/Morrocana seats
  • Cruise control and trip computer
  • ESP-plus
  • ABS
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Six airbags

December 2015

Adam 'Energised' announced. Comes with high spec off the shelf so buyers do not have to customise their car from the long options list. Prived at £13,705, including solid or metallic paint, but only a 1.2 litre 70PS engine.

What does a Vauxhall Adam (2013 – 2019) cost?

Contract hire from £151.88 per month