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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall Adam

£12,365£19,170
7/10
Overall verdict
Surprisingly fresh-faced and good-looking new city car from Vauxhall. Deserves to do well.
 

For: 

Modern styling, decent enough to drive, the sheer configurability

Against: 

Engines aren't the most modern

Overview

What is it?

Vauxhall is late to the city car party. Very late. So how to get a shoo-in to one of the UK’s most popular new car sectors? Why, take on the Mini with an all-new premium-priced three-door, that’s how. Bold? You bet. But here it is – a posh three-door city car based on a cut-down Corsa platform and sharing nothing with Vauxhall’s other dreadfully dull contender in this sector, the Agila. It’s been designed to offer Mini-like personalisation (more than a million configurations, reckons Vauxhall) and both the spec sheet and the marketing for the Adam are decidedly ‘lifestyle’.

Ah yes, the name. Adam. It makes more sense in Germany, where Opel founder Herr Opel’s first name was Adam. Here, it’s just a bit, well, odd, although you can’t deny it does give the car character.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.4T Rocks S 3dr
8.5s 139g/km 47.9 150 £19,170
The cheapest
1.2i Jam 3dr
14.9s 125g/km 53.3 70 £12,365
The greenest
1.0T ecoFLEX Unlimited 3dr [Start Stop]
9.9s 108g/km 60.1 115 £14,565
Continue: Driving

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