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 park up and start poking buttons, and the Adam claws back. The Vauxhall serves up a host of goodies more commonly associated with cars twice its price: a self-parking system and blind spot indicators (£450), even DAB radio as standard. The 7in colour screen is a £250 option and well worth it, syncing with your smartphone to run a dedicated nav app, display photo galleries and, no doubt, update your Facebook status on the move.
Elements of the Adam's interior make you wish Vauxhall had gone further to differentiate it from its more pragmatic offerings. The dials are lovely, lighting up like chunky, luminescent watch faces, but between them lies a tatty dot-matrix display borrowed from the Corsa, sitting ill against the slick hi-res central screen. Similarly the steering wheel, though wrapped in smart colour-coded leather on even the base versions, looks suspiciously like it's been borrowed from an Astra.