Vauxhall ADAM Glam 1.4i

Three trims are available, Jam,Glam and Slam

Three trims are available, Jam,Glam and Slam

Vauxhall’s “boutique” rival for the Mini and Citroen DS3, the ADAM, is certainly striking but is it a case of style over substance? We find out

What is it? ADAM is the latest offering from Vauxhall and is their first venture into the trendy small car market. Designed to compete in the style-conscious supermini sector where the Mini, Fiat 500 and Citroen DS3 compete to capture the hearts and wallets of the urban hipster.

Who is it aimed at? Image is what this car is all about and this fashion statement is clearly aimed at the generation of urbanites who expect smart, stylish and well equipped cars regardless of size.

Styling? With funky colours, two-tone designs, and a bewildering range of personalisation options the ADAM will certainly turn heads. While the ADAM is still recognisably a Vauxhall, features like the floating roof sets it apart from the rest of the range.

Under the Bonnet: Our test car was powered by a  1.4 litre petrol engine. Other options include  a 1.2-litre, plus a second less  powerful 1.4-litre engine.

What about Inside? The bold interior of our Glam ADAM perfectly complements the striking exterior design and is jammed with body-coloured trim inserts and funky touches. In the front the high roof gives plenty of headroom and it feels spacious and comfortable. Ideal for two plus luggage, room in the rear is particularly tight so best suited for kids or very supple and short friends!

On the Road? Our 1.4 test car was perfect around the city, nippy and easy to drive the steering is light and nimble. It’s not the fastest car around and borders on slow when accelerating from stop but it grips the road nicely and on the open road there’s enough zip to keep it ticking over but it’s noisy and may prove a little too firm for some.

There are almost unlimited visual combinations

There are almost unlimited visual combinations

And Safety? Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Programme and six airbags but only a four-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Options? Three options are available;  the fashionable entry level Jam, the sophisticated Glam or the sporty Slam. Personalisations options include body colours, contrasting colours for the ‘floating’ roof, seat treatments, interchangeable decor panels for the dashboard and doors. Our car was “Pump up the Blue with White Roof” while other choices include “White my fire”, “Men in Brown” or “I’ll be black”.

What about fuel economy?  Fuel economy with a blend of motorway and city should hit  55mpg, with CO2 emissions at 119g/km. 

Okay so the Verdict? One of the most unique cars on the road the Vauxhall ADAM will certainly appeal to the cool, connected city dweller. Funky inside and out, urban singletons will relish in its individuality and care little about the cramped rear space and uninspiring drive. With a mind blowing number of possible configurations ( some 60,000 exterior and 80,000 interior options!)  if you are looking for a completely exclusive car then the ADAM may just be the one for you.


Why you’ll buy one? Funky; Personalisation; Well equipped


Why you won’t? Strange Name; Uninspired performance



Mini Hatch – £13,400 – £22,390
Fiat 500 – £10,010 – £13,810
Citroen DS3 – £12,840 – £21,620


Vauxhall Glam 1.4i 16v VVTi Start/Stop (100ps)

Engine: 1398cc petrol engine putting out 74kW and 130Nm of torque from 4,000rpm
Max speed: 
11.5 seconds
Model price range:  
£11255 – £14,295
No of Doors: 
Euro NCAP: 
4 stars
Fuel type:  
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 
55.4 mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up(down) : 
170 Litres (663)
Car Seats: 
2 Isofix fittings in the rear


For more information check out or the Vauxhall facebook page.


Geraldine Herbert

25th September, 2013


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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