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Vauxhall Adam Glam

The Vauxhall Adam Glam looks great, but you can expect to spend hours considering the 30,000 different ways to personalise your car.

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The Vauxhall Adam Jam has been created to go head-to-head with the MINI, Citroen DS3 and the Fiat 500.

Thanks to various different option packs, Vaxuhall claims to offer colour combinations and levels of personalisation never seen before in its class. It really is possible to make your Vauxhall Adam one of a kind.

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There are three basic trim options, Jam, Glam and Slam models. On the Vauxhall Adam Glam there is the choice of either a 69bhp 1.2-litre or a 1.4-litre petrol with 86bhp or 99bhp, as well as a new 1.0-litre turbocharged version. There is no diesel option.

The mid-spec Glam has a high level of standard equipment for a small car. It comes with 16-inch alloys wheels, climate control, digital radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling, a trip computer, cruise control, daytime running lights and a large fixed panoramic sunroof.

Running costs aren’t a strong point of the Adam range. The 1.2-litre averages 53.3mpg and (56.5mpg with stop-start), while the 86bhp 1.4-litre delivers 51.4mpg. The most powerful 99bhp version averages 51.4mpg (55.4mpg with stop-start.) However, it's the new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that'd we'd recommend for it's decent blend of performance vs running costs.

Good points

The Vauxhall Adam might have personalisation on its side, but the Glam’s talents are more than skin deep. It’s well equipped, not too expensive and has a comfortable ride.It isn’t the best in class to drive, but the steering is responsive and in urban areas it is light and easy to drive. Thanks to its compact dimensions, it's easy to park, too.

Bad points

Practicality is a weak spot for the Vauxhall Adam because of its three-door design. Adults will struggle to climb into the rear seats and once there will struggle for both head and legroom, too.What's more, rivals like the MINI are more fun to drive and more economical to boot.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Panoramic roof
  • Auto climate control
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Electric folding mirrors

Our choice

The mid-spec Vauxhall Adam Glam with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine has everything you’ll ever need, but still expect to spend hours considering the 30,000 different ways to personalise your car.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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