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Vauxhall Adam
Vauxhall Adam
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Even in its least powerful 1.2i 16v petrol form, the ADAM punts Vauxhall straight into the style-led city car sector.

It’s striking to look at, both inside and out and includes some features yet to be seen in this segment. The big question will be whether urban hipsters will get past this most blue-collar of badges.

The exterior styling includes a ‘floating’ roof which is visually disconnected from the body, which works particularly well with two-tone colour schemes.

It looks like no other Vauxhall but still incorporates a bunch of existing styling cues such as the Astra’s wing-shaped chrome grille bar and the blade shape in the lower doors.

Engines? Well, we’re looking here at the least powerful petrol unit (there’s no diesel option), the 70PS 1.2i 16v, a powertrain you’ll only be considering if you’ve no interest in performance whatsoever, given that it’s only a few hundred pounds more at any given ADAM trim level to trade up to either an 87 or a 100PS petrol 1.4.

True enough, performance from this 1.2 is a little laboured, 62mph from rest occupying 14.9s on the way to 103mph. There’s a five-speed manual gearbox. Expect 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and 124g/km of CO2 from a 1.2-litre ADAM, figures that improve to 56.5mpg and 118g/km if you specify the extra cost ecoFLEX package.

Even in least powerful 1.2-litre guise, it all adds up to a very interesting choice if you’re looking for a style-conscious little runabout. So don’t sign the cheque for that Fiat 500 just yet.....