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
With road-tester hats on, we'd concede the Adam handles more tidily than the 500, but there's an ineffable zing about the Fiat. Yes, you'd be more comfortable going fast down a greasy road in the Adam, but the 500 puts a bigger smile on your face.
The lovely TwinAir engine helps. If you like engineering and you like old motors - and if you don't, may we please direct you down the WH Smith magazine shelf towards Lincolnshire Caravanning Monthly - you can't help but adore the 500's bubbly two-cylinder. Even at idle, it emits a cheery array of splutters and pops, climbing to a chuntering buzz as you rise through the revs. It sounds wonderful - albeit a mite intrusive if you don't appreciate the noise of a small scooter with a hole in the exhaust - and produces a surprising amount of shove. But the twin is a long way from perfect: with no low-end power to speak of, you have to work through the gears to find its sweet spot.