Review

Vauxhall Adam hatchback

The Vauxhall Adam is a stylish city car designed to compete with the Fiat 500 and Ford Ka, while also taking on upmarket rivals like the MINI and Audi A1. It's unlike any other Vauxhall, with a huge array of optional extras allowing customers the chance to buy a unique car appealing to their individual tastes.

Three main trim levels are available: Jam, Glam and Slam. All are well-equipped but really offer a jumping off point thanks to all those extras. Most are competitively priced too, with a touch-screen display available for just £275 - far less than you’d pay in the Audi or MINI. There's no diesel engine, instead there are three petrol engines ranging from 1.0-litre to 1.4-litres in size. Oddly the smallest engine is also the most powerful and economical thanks to its clever turbocharger.

While the Adam is certainly desirable, it does fall behind its rivals in some areas. Its engines aren’t the most economical, meaning none of them fall below the magic, tax-exempt 100g/km barrier. Plus it has a firm ride and a smaller boot than the Fiat 500 and MINI. Also, come re-sale time it won’t hold its value as well as an upmarket, but also more expensive, MINI or Audi.