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Vauxhall Adam: uniquely stylish

The Vauxhall Adam is uniquely stylish and customisable – a great first time car. Andrew Frankel takes a spin

Vauxhall Adam Slam

This model from £14,200

If, like many first-time buyers, you care most about value, image and the personalisation options the car provides, there’s nothing like the Adam on the market. Not including special editions, there are three trim levels, 12 exterior colours, three roof colours, three exterior decal packs and further accessory packs that pick elements from different trim levels, plus 20 wheel designs.

You can even have a roof-lining containing 60 tiny LEDs, making it feel like the sky at night. The possible permutations are mind-boggling and the chance to own a car unlike any other in your neighbourhood very possible.

OK, so there is a downside: keen drivers should steer clear of the Adam. Behind those cool looks lies a car that, dynamically at least, is really rather ordinary.


  • Engine: 1396cc, 98bhp
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Top speed: 115mph
  • 0-60mph acceleration: 11.5sec


  • Claimed economy: 53.5mpg
  • 53.5mpg: 6 (1=low, 50=high)

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