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Big city living with Adam

03.02.2015

WHAT’S in a name? It’s what defines us and helps us build a legacy. So when I got to test drive the latest addition from Opel, the Adam, I was immediately confronted with a lot of history.

This car, from the German manufacturer, is named after the founder of Opel so there’s bound to be a lot of fuss surrounding it, much like the famous Ferrari Enzo, named after the founder of the prancing horse.

Naturally, you would think the manufacturer would save only the very best to badge with the founding father’s name.

→ So does it deserve the Adam namesake?

In the flesh, the Adam is funky and attractive. Its compact nature, with curvy lines, makes it eye-catchingly beautiful as it’s immediately noticeable in any packed parking lot.

Trendy is a word I’d used to describe this little supermini. Built on the infamous Corsa platform, the Adam knows how to handle when given some stick. It handles well and the platform complements the car’s naughty compact nature. Besides, our Adam test car even had a particularly cool spec name – the Jam.

→ Revised engines

The art of downsizing has been embraced by all small car producers and Opel is no different. Fitted with the latest 1.0-litre ecoFlex powertrain, the motor produces a handy 85kW of power and 170Nm of torque. The engine is a real nugget. I say that because it’s a three-cylinder but doesn’t hum like a three-cylinder usually does. Instead, the engine is smooth and the power delivery is fierce as the car has plenty of pull low down.

The downside to this petite powertrain is - although Opel claims a figure of 6.3 litres/100km - I wasn’t able to replicate Opel’s figure; instead I averaged around the 7.9-litre/100km mark without driving particularly aggressively.

→ Size matters?

Our Jam spec test mule looked the part wearing 16-inch alloy wheels and a tidy paint job. Common in this segment is customisation and the options to personalise your Adam could make for an interesting looking vehicle.

Inside, the funkiness continues with a good-looking dashboard and the clever layout matches this car’s trendy exterior. My only issue was the adjustable steering-wheel column, which was difficult to set-up for the taller individual.

Even your left-hand man, when seated close to you upfront is awkwardly close, which, depending on the passenger, could be a good or bad thing.

→ Overall

Ultimately, the new Adam should revitalise the Opel brand, which many feel has become old and stagnated. The funky, youthful car is a breath of fresh air. We just wonder where the Corsa is going to fit in, given the Adam’s pricing.

Article written by Stuart Moir
03.02.2015
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