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
Stepping from the Adam into the 500 is like unclipping your leash from an obedient poodle and attaching it to a hyperactive cocker spaniel. It is decidedly boingy (not a word? Should be), springing and burbling about in a fashion that immediately turns you into the goodie in a Seventies car chase.
It topples more through the corners, the 500, feeling taller than the Adam. That's because it is, at least proportionally: though 15cm shorter and nine centimetres narrower than the Vauxhall, the Fiat is the same height. It's softer-sprung, too, making it less harsh over potholes but bouncy over bigger undulations.