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1.4i [100] Slam 3dr

This Vauxhall Adam 1.4i [100] Slam 3dr Hatchback is available now at Pentagon on the Motability scheme and can be ordered in a wide range of colours. And because it´s from Motability your car insurance, breakdown cover, servicing costs and tyres are all included.

  • Petrol
  • 100
  • Manual
  • 51.4
  • 129
  • Road Tax
  • Insurance
Pentagon Vauxhall

This New Vauxhall Adam With Motability is available from
Burton-on-Trent, Derby, Lincoln, Manchester, Mansfield, Nottingham, Oldham, Rochdale and Sheffield

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  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • USB Connect
  • Isofix
  • Cruise Control
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring
  • Electric Windows
  • Traction control
  • Airbags

+ Driver Convenience
  • 6 speakers
  • Air recirculation control/activation light
  • Audible lights on warning
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Bluetooth system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • DMB digital radio
  • Digital clock
  • Electronic climate control air conditioning
  • Electronic odometer and trip odometer
  • Front centre dome lamp
  • Illuminated load area
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • On board computer
  • Power assisted steering
  • Radio/CD + MP3
  • Rev counter
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB connection
  • Welcome lighting
+ Exterior Features
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Black finish on B pillars
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front spoiler
  • Chrome effect front door sill covers
  • Chrome effect window side mouldings
  • Chrome window surround
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Intermittent front and rear wash/wipe
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Rear Demister
  • Tinted glass including windscreen
+ Interior Features
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 12v power outlet - front
  • 2 cargo hooks
  • 2 rear cupholders in centre console
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • Chrome roof liner
  • Colour-keyed fleece velour carpets
  • Compartment in glovebox
  • Driver's sun visor with vanity mirror
  • Driver/front passenger assist handle
  • Driver/front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front adjustable drinks holder
  • Front body-lock seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front door pockets
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Front seats - 'Easy Entry'
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Load compartment cover
  • Luggage cover
  • Rear headrests
  • Rear outer 3 point seat belts
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Twin sunvisors with document holders and drivers covered mirror
+ Safety
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme plus
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side airbags
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Sports suspension
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display
+ Security
  • Anti-drill door locks
  • Electric tailgate lock with touchpad
  • Folding key
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking

Euro NCAP is independent organisation providing motoring consumers with an impartial assessment of the safety performance of popular cars sold in the UK. See the full report on this vehicle.

  • Adult Occupant
    Adult Occupant: 87
  • Child Occupant
    Child Occupant: 72
  • Pedestrian
    Pedestrian: 65
  • Safety Assist
    Safety Assist: 81
The Motability Scheme At Pentagon

A Big Welcome To Every Motability Customer
At Pentagon we aim to make your visit to us as convenient and comfortable as possible. We make every effort to ensure you are well looked after and receive a service that you will feel happy to recommend to your friends and family.

A new car every three years
You get a new car every three years and we will contact you a few months before your expiry date to help you choose your next car.

Comprehensive insurance
Fully comprehensive insurance is included, and you can also nominate two drivers who can drive on your behalf. If you leave Motability you can even request a letter confirming your claims history to take to your new insurer.

Servicing and maintenance
Regular service and maintenance is included so you'll have no unexpected repair bills.

Breakdown assistance
RAC Motability Assistance is provided for recovery, either at the roadside or at home.

Car tax
A new tax disc will be sent directly to your home each year.

Replacement tyres
Worn or damaged tyres (by normal use) will be replaced free of charge.

Window and windscreen repair or replacement
Should anything happen to your windows or windscreen it will be repaired or replaced at no cost to you.

60,000 mileage allowance
You can drive upto 60,000 miles over three years with all Motability cars.

+ Ten Second Review
New Vauxhall Adam With Motability - Ten Second Review

Bored with the sight of the reinvented BMW MINI on every drive? Unmoved by Fiat's funky 500, French designer chic from Citroen's DS3, or designer cool from Audi and their A1? Vauxhall thinks you desire an alternative, so they have a freshly fashionable hatchback called ADAM to tempt you with an encyclopaedic list of options, bidding for individuality beyond the hatchback herd. Let's try the pokey 100PS 1.4-litre petrol version.
+ Background
New Vauxhall Adam With Motability - Background

Smaller hatchbacks dressed in nostalgic retro themes proved smash hits for BMW with the reincarnation of MINI and Fiat's reborn 500. But what if you don't have a diminutive automotive Golden Oldie to reprise? Well you can do as Audi did with the A1 and create a smaller scale echo of your upscale offerings. For Vauxhall this was not an option. As for Citroen with their popular DS3, Vauxhall invented their own appealing recipe for a chic, compact, hatchback: one that could be profitably personalised with a vast range of options. An approach which has brought us this car, the ADAM. At launch, the quickest version was the 100PS 1.4-litre petrol model that we test here.

Essentially, this is Vauxhall providing a chic lifestyle little car like an Audi A1 at a much more affordable price. The MINI and the Fiat 500 both claim to do that too, but neither can offer the huge level of personalisation available to ADAM customers. So, have Vauxhall succeeded in bringing competitively priced design flair, plus an involving drive, to the cost-conscious masses? Let's find out, at the wheel.
+ Driving Experience
New Vauxhall Adam With Motability - Driving Experience

Driving dynamics are the most controversial aspect of ADAM: Vauxhall had to tweak them to suit British roads before the UK launch. With that done, the car now handles competently on its MK3 Corsa-derived underpinnings. It's not Fiesta-frisky but it'll probably be good enough for the target market.

That target market has the option of a 1.2-litre petrol entry-level model, an 87PS petrol 1.4 and the 100PS 1.4 we tried. This variant delivers the benchmark 0-60 routine in 11.5 seconds, coupled to a 115 mph maximum, which is more akin to Fiat's remarkable 0.9 litre Twinair 500 model, which delivers similar fuel economy, lower emissions and a 0-60 mph pace within a tenth of the 1.4-litre Vauxhall. In development, the ADAM's body benefited from a diet, weighing in at 30 kilograms less than a comparably powerful MINI and a substantial 74 kg less than the 1.2 Citroen DS3. Such slighter weight certainly benefits this car's acceleration.

The ride quality depends noticeably on which suspension option is chosen, for the wheel and tyre selection is critical. The ADAM we tried sat at the top of the specification tables in Slam 1.4i format, which means sportier suspension allied to wheels up to 18 inches in diameter. Such wheel sizes were standard equipment on high performance saloons like BMW's M3 not so long ago. They look better to the styling department and showroom salesmen, but such heavy rollers can deliver a jarring ride on a smaller car, generating more road noise.
+ Design And Build
New Vauxhall Adam With Motability - Design and Build

Naturally every potential customer will have their opinion on the appeal of the ADAM's styling, especially as there are so many choices to dress it up. Without extras, ADAM is a bit of a bland metro-man, but when you hit the option list hard inside and out, his appearance transforms and may appeal more to the female buyers who will be vital to ADAM's commercial success.

The smart layout in the front row of the cabin earns our praise for its innovative attractions, which can be altered at the tick of a box on the options list, but the back seat accommodation is less generous. Conscientiously trimmed it may be - and with a quality feel that is a credit to Vauxhall's social climbing ambitions, but back seat space is as cramped as is the norm for contenders in this sub 4-metre class. Few rivals have standout back seat space, but you might be better opting for less expensive and less pretentious choices from Fiat [Panda], VW's Up or the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto brothers should less plush padding and plenty of working space in minimalist exterior dimensions by your priorities.

The ADAM is built in Eisenach, the East German town that was home to BMW before the war, but today Eisenach is home to Opel, manufacturing Corsa and ADAM for Vauxhall.
+ Market And Model
New Vauxhall Adam With Motability - Market and Model

Pricing for the ADAM in this top 1.4i 16v 100PS guise sits in the £12,000 to £14,500 bracket. This is actually the only engine directly shared with Vauxhall's more conventional Corsa supermini. So-equipped though, a Corsa will cost you around £1,000 more.

Should you decide to purchase, Jam, Glam and Slam are three prime trim choices. We tried the top level Slam specification, which is biased toward 'racy/sporty' tendencies. Glam is meant to convey elegance and sophistication and Jam is effectively the entry point, which Vauxhall want us to see as colourful and fashionable. From Jam starter helping upward, all models feature air conditioning and remote control deadlocking: a system that conscientiously extends to the fuel filler flap, defending the increasingly expensive contents.

All ADAMs carry cruise control, while 16-inch alloy wheels add a touch of sporty class and a plump leather-rimmed steering wheel delivers accessible touch controls for audio. In-car entertainment covers DMB digital radio and CD players, though technically aware buyers will supply their own sounds via USB port, also appreciating an auxiliary power socket, trip computer and Bluetooth connectivity.

Ascending the range, Glam specification additionally offers more sophisticated climate control air conditioning, also a fixed glass roof panel with sliding blind. Plus a bit of bling via LED running lights, chrome style highlighters strategically applied to emphasise roofline, door handles and doorsills.
+ Cost Of Ownership
New Vauxhall Adam With Motability - Cost of Ownership

The most powerful 100 PS ADAM 1.4i that we tried manages 51.4mpg on the combined cycle without its extra cost ecoFLEX Stop/Start system - or 55.4 mpg with it. All Stop/Start models assist economic progress with a gearshift indicator and ignition cut out, activated when neutral is selected with clutch out at rest. The CO2 return is 119g/km.

Insurance is not going to be a costly surprise. We expect most owners to pay between £300 and £400 annually. ADAM's official service intervals of 20,000 miles/1 years are inline with current practice and in a 3-year running cost comparison against its Vauxhall Corsa stable-mate, independent figures show substantial savings. Adam also looks good in calculations against Citroen DS3.

The bold 10-year/100,000 mile Vauxhall warranty is not quite so generous as it seems. For it applies only to the first owner, unlike the transferable Hyundai/Kia 5 and 7-year warranties of unlimited mileage. Perhaps of more public concern will be the quality and durability of ADAM as Vauxhall has not been a front-runner in quality surveys. Perhaps the most reassuring fact is that the Eisenach ADAM factory is also home to the Corsa-- and that aging design has proved durable enough to become the default choice for many driving schools.
+ Summary
New Vauxhall Adam With Motability - Summary

The ADAM is the sort of refreshing car and lifestyle statement Vauxhall must make, if buyers are to become enthusiastic about its products and is a brave move from the brand in its efforts to catch a more prosperous and open-minded small hatchback customer. One who demands a fresh approach. Those perhaps, who opt for a Samsung or Blackberry products, instead of fashionably expensive Apple produce.

Such people are probably going to want an ADAM variant that can function beyond the city limits - maybe undertake a medium distance motorway trip or two even. The 1.4i 16v 100PS model we tried is best suited to that remit - and was a car we ended up rather liking. Which means that if you're thinking of buying a small lifestyle-oriented little runabout, this one should be on your list.
Prices referred to in the review are MRRP

The information on this vehicle has been obtained in good faith from CAP data, and is based on the Manufacturer's standard specification. Any extras, such as upgraded wheels, may change this data. Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the vehicle specification and the vehicle picture shown, some inaccuracies may occur. Please check with your dealer about any items which may affect your decision to buy this vehicle. Fuel costs per mile calculated using average petrol and diesel prices.

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