Fiat 500 versus Vauxhall Adam
The 500’s been queen of metrosexual city cars for five years. Now Vauxhall wants in
Posted: 15 Mar 2013
But peel back all the branding and punnery, and the Adam turns out to be - shock horror - a car. A decent one. With a wide footprint, it hangs onto the road nicely - hardly an eye-widening sportster but a more-than-acceptable thing to punt down a B-road. We're driving the first Adam to get Vauxhall's UK-specific dynamic tweaks, which have focused on the Adam's steering software to add more weight and improve the feeling of connection to the front tyres.
The Brit boys have done a good job. The steering on Euro Adams felt over-light, but the new UK set-up is much heavier and more progressive. So the Adam steers well and doesn't ride badly, even on the sports suspension that's standard with 17- or 18-inch wheels. It's compliant enough, only turning a little crunchy on truly bad roads, but we suspect the comfort chassis with 16in wheels might be the sweeter set-up.