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
These anomalies are all the more apparent because, for the most part, Vauxhall has done a fine job of disguising the Adam's utilitarian underpinnings. Similarly, the 500 avoids the grey drudgery that afflicts most city-car cabins, but it's feeling a bit spartan nowadays. What little there is of it is all very nice, but there's not the array of tech you'll find in the Adam. The 500 suffers a few ergonomic flaws, too. Approximately an inch to the right of the 500's handbrake is a lever to adjust the tilt of the driver's seat squab. This lever is shaped very much like a handbrake. This may cause confusion and/or mild crashing. And, no matter how far you lower the seat, you still seem to sit on the 500 than in it.
The Adam, by comparison, feels much more... like a car: you perch lower, in better seats, behind a bigger wheel, with a proper footrest beside the clutch. The Adam feels a touch larger inside, a function of both its longer sunroof and, er, the fact it's a touch larger. That said, only the most optimistic dwarf could call either car a ‘four-seater' with a straight face. If you are a person with head and limbs, you won't want to be trapped in the back of either for anything but the shortest journey, the high beltlines and fat C-pillars amplifying the claustrophobia.