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 assuming you have neither children nor many friends, which one should you buy? We're going to have to declare this one a score-draw. The Adam drives tidily, offers mountains of kit and does a fine job of appealing to those people - and by ‘those people' we mean ‘men' - who find the 500 too effeminate. Granted, they probably wouldn't spec their Adam in purple with matching leather and a white roof, but go for a less campy colour scheme, and the Vauxhall can be made more masculine than the bubblesome Fiat. It's a pity Vauxhall couldn't find any interesting powerplants for the Adam, but engineers have confirmed it'll be the first to receive GM's new three-cylinder turbo, expected to arrive in a year or so.
They've also hinted heavily that there are hotter versions on the way: the Adam shares its front subframe with the Corsa, meaning there's plenty of room in the engine bay for, say, the 1.6-litre turbo from the Corsa VXR, a unit that'll easily run towards 200bhp. An Adam with Clio RenaultSport pace? Now you're talking.