Used Vauxhall Adam
The Vauxhall Adam is the most recent addition to this manufacturer's range of small cars, with its sights set firmly on meeting the needs of city dwellers who want to buy something a bit different.
While superminis like the Corsa have helped Vauxhall to capture certain market segments, the Adam is a little more ambitious, because it is basically attempting to emulate the success of the Fiat 500. And to do that, it needs to be perceived as a fashionable little motor, not a workaday vehicle deigned to suit spotty teens who've just passed their driving test.
The Adam made its first public appearance during the Paris Motor Show back in 2012 and it began shipping out to customers in 2013.
The Adam is named after Adam Opel, who is the founder of Vauxhall's European sister brand, which of course borrows his surname for its own official moniker.
It's based on the same form factor as the latest generation of the Corsa, but here the wheelbase has been shortened slightly to give it a unique stance and style. So let's look at what makes the Vauxhall Adam so intriguing.
Bang for your buck
The Vauxhall Adam wears its pretentions to stylishness on its sleeve, because new buyers are able to customise the range of options to an incredible degree. It's possible to completely personalise the car so that it suits your tastes and Vauxhall boasts that there are around a million possible trim combinations available.
This means that each Adam for sale is basically going to be unique, which might be a bit of a problem if you are hoping to buy one used a little further down the line. Thankfully the kit and styling doesn't get too outlandish and each Adam is based on the same underlying template which, considered on its own, is functional if not entirely revolutionary.
You can pick between a 1.2 litre or a 1.4 litre engine, although since the Adam isn't the lightest car in the supermini category you might be better off with the more powerful option.
The Vauxhall Adam is shorter than the third generation Corsa on which it's based, as well as being a little wider and taller. This means that while it's still easy to park it in tight spaces, it has plenty of presence and offers a decent amount of space in the cabin, particularly in terms of headroom.
Four adults can squeeze into the Adam, although there's not a huge amount of legroom on offer because of its stubby design, so particularly gangly passengers might feel that they're being squeezed from all sides.
What you'll pay
Since the Adam is such a recent launch you'll find that any used examples that do crop up will be priced fairly close to its new price. Expect to pay a little under £10,000 for a nearly new Adam, although as time goes on this should drop down to a more acceptable level.
What to check
Ensure that all the paperwork outlining the history of the car is present, particularly since any used Adam will probably still be under the manufacturer's warranty.
Because the Adam is related to the Corsa, mechanical parts are inexpensive and widely available. The more specialised and stylish trim elements could cost a bit more, but shouldn't break the bank.
How it drives
When you're in command of the Vauxhall Adam there's a bit more of a sense of occasion on show than you'd find in a Corsa or another bog standard supermini.
The driving position is good and there're plenty of features on the inside to keep you and your passengers occupied.
As mentioned earlier the 1.2 litre petrol-powered Adam is a little sluggish because of all the weight that the engine has to lug around, but the 1.4 litre model gives you a bit more oomph and can launch the car to 60mph from a standing start in twelve and a half seconds.
It's hardly the sportiest car on the road and doesn't compare particularly favourably to something like a Mini Cooper S. But the Vauxhall Adam has bags of charm and gives drivers the opportunity to pick something that can bear their own personal stamp, rather than being just another run of the mill city car.