Review

Vauxhall Adam hatchback

£11,455 - £15,350

The Vauxhall Adam is a stylish city car designed to compete with the Fiat 500 and Ford Ka, while also taking on upmarket rivals such as 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 that appeals to their individual tastes.

Four main trim levels are available: Jam, Glam, Slam and Grand Slam. All are well equipped, but they're really just jumping-off points for adding all those extras. Most options are competitively priced, too, with a touchscreen display available for just £275 – far less than you’d pay in an Audi or MINI. There's no diesel engine – instead there's a choice of four petrol engines ranging from a 1.0 to a 1.4-litre. The smallest engine is also the most economical thanks to its clever turbocharger, while the same technology also helps the Grand Slam's 1.4-litre engine produce 150bhp, making it the most powerful in the range.

While the Adam is certainly desirable, it falls behind its rivals in some areas. Its engines aren't the most economical – none of them fall below the magic, road-tax-exempt 100g/km CO2 emissions barrier. Plus, it has a firm ride and a smaller boot than the Fiat 500 and MINI. Also, come resale time, it won’t hold its value as well as the more upmarket (but also more expensive) MINI Hatch or Audi A1.