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Vauxhall Adam Jam

"The Vauxhall Adam Jam is a city car with almost endless personalisation possibilities."

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Deisgned to go head-to-head with the MINI and Fiat 500, the Vauxhall Adam's unique selling point is that, well, it’s unique. Or at least it can be after you’ve considered over 30,000 different ways to personalise it. The Vauxhall Adam Jam is the entry-level trim.

On the Vauxhall Adam Jam there is the choice of either a 69bhp 1.2-litre or a 1.4-litre petrol with 86bhp or 99bhp. There is no diesel option.

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Standard equipment levels are good. All models come with air conditioning, curtain airbags, anti-skid control (ESP), digital radio, a trip computer and cruise control, plus Bluetooth hands-free calling, 16-inch alloys and daytime running lights.

Running costs aren’t a strongpoint of the Vauxhall Adam range. The 1.2-litre averages 53.3mpg and 56.5mpg (or with stop-start), while the 86bhp 1.4-litre delivers 51.4mpg, and most powerful 99bhp version averages 51.4mpg (or 55.4mpg with stop-start.) The newer 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine performs better, as it can return up to 57.6mpg, but comes with a price premium over the other petrol options.

Good points

Being able to create your own unique Vauxhall Adam Jam will have lots of appeal to many motorists who want a little individuality. There are quite literally thousands of customisation configurations to choose from.You will certainly be impressed with the quality and if you haven’t gotten too carried away with the options list, it's not too expensive either.You’ll also be able to find a comfortable driving position and you will be treated to a soft ride that is only upset over large bumps.The steering is responsive and the Vauxhall Adam feels light and nimble around town.

Bad points

Practicality is a weak spot in the Adam. Adults will struggle to fit in the rear because there’s a lack of both head and kneeroom, while the boot space is very small.The MINI is much more fun to drive compared with the Adam and the non-turbocharged petrol engines lack character, power and decent fuel economy.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Sunroof

Our choice

The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol is your best bet. It offers much better performance than the slow 1.2-litre petrol engine and delivers decent fuel economy too, if you can afford it.

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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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