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Vauxhall ADAM HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDS 1.2i Energised 3dr

Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
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Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr
Vauxhall ADAM 1.2i Energised 3dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG53.30
  • 0-62mph14.9 secs
  • Top Speed103 mph
  • C02125 g/km
  • BHP70
  • Torque85 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

Review

Vauxhall's ADAM is a fashionable little citycar that did much to pioneer the whole concept of almost endless buyer personalisation when it comes to models in this segment. If you'd rather than the Griffin brand did the job for you though, then this 'Energised' derivative might be up your street. You have to have it with the 1.2-litre petrol engine and it comes with a pleasingly bespoke feel for the money.

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Vauxhall's trendy little ADAM Energised model offers trendy city dwellers a more fashionable feel at an affordable price. Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Background

The ADAM has proved to be a small but significant player in the compact car segment for Vauxhall and since it was first launched, the brand hasn't stopped continually trying to improve it. First, there was a pokier 1.0-litre direct injection turbo petrol engine. Then a 'Rocks Air' convertible bodystyle. Then an 'S' hot hatch model. And now this 'Energised' high value version. The 'Energised' package is quite a simple one to get your head around. It involves taking the most affordable 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, then matching it with a classier look, 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels, part-leather seats and the Intellilink infotainment system for less than £2,000 more. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

So what's it like behind the wheel? Slide into the seat and there's a very different feel from that provided by a Corsa - or any other conventional supermini come to that. The commanding driving position, the big chunky MINI-like wheel, the wide, low glass area. It all makes you eager to tackle the urban jungle, with the promise of secondary road sportiness beyond. Not too much mind. In this 'Energised' derivative, you only get the feeblest 69bhp 1.2-litre non-turbo petrol engine, so performance is leisurely to say the least. 62mph from rest takes 14.9s and the engine does struggle a little with the task of pushing nearly 1.1-tonnes of ADAM up the road with any real zip. As with most models of this kind, while you'll be quite comfortable in attempting a motorway trip of a few hours, you will notice at and around the legal limit that refinement isn't quite as good as you first thought.

Design and Build

At under 3.7m in length, this ADAM is actually shorter than many citycars and a full 300mm shorter than Vauxhall's Corsa supermini. But there's more to it than that. The tall height and the considerable width - it's actually wider than a Corsa - positions it visually as a bigger car than it actually is. A clever trick, which also pays dividends inside. As in a Fiat 500, the high roof gives a spacious feel, something that here is further underlined by the greater width and glass area. But all the smoke and mirrors in the world can't create space where there isn't much and Vauxhall's claim that this design can 'comfortably seat four adults' requires for fulfilment the directive that those in the front should be very short-legged indeed. And at the wheel? The dash is dominated by the 7-inch LCD colour Intellilink infotainment system, one of the first to be able to communicate with both Apple and Android devices and applications and operable either via the touchscreen itself or through steering wheel switchgear. Out back, a prod on the rear Griffin badge reveals a 170-litre boot that lies size-wise somewhere between slightly smaller shape of a MINI and the slightly larger one of a Fiat 500.

Market and Model

The 'Energised' package adds 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels, a black roof and black exterior detailing. Plus you also get LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights included. Inside, you'll find part-leather seats, sports pedals and the Intelliink infotainment system. The complete package costs an extra £1,845 on top of the normal car and the only extra is the optional OnStar system. Buyers get a choice of five colours but unfortunately, they can only have Vauxhall's older 1.2-litre petrol engine - you can't specify the more modern 1.0-litre direct injection unit. The one thing that isn't optional on this ADAM - and shouldn't be - is safety. This model gets the expected twin front, side and curtain airbags and ABS brakes, plus the ESP stability control that some rivals charge extra for on their baseline models. Some of the fancier safety systems borrowed from larger cars that other rivals have started offering are missing though. Obvious rivals include Fiat's 500 and ritzier versions of Volkswagen's up!

Cost of Ownership

Because this 'Energised' variant can't be had with Vauxhall's most economic 1.0 ECOTEC engine - or any sort of diesel option - the running cost returns on offer here can't be in any way exemplary. Still, a combined cycle figure of 53.3mpg and a CO2 return of 124g/km is hardly ruinous. You can monitor your progress in frugality by keeping an eye on the 'Eco Drive Assistant' - basically a section of the trip computer that monitors energy consumption and indicates when to shift up. Residuals will probably be a touch behind, say, a MINI Hatch 3-door or a Fiat 500, but perhaps only until the market adjusts to the idea of as desirable fashion-led small Vauxhall.

Summary

The tiny lifestyle city statement this car represents is a well familiar one of course, but this little Vauxhall carries it off with greater confidence in this 'Energised' guise. Of course, as with most cars of this kind, buyers must be prepared to forgo the greater space they'd have enjoyed in an ordinary run-of-the-mill supermini that would have cost much the same. Still, the growth of this particular little market niche suggest that there are many buyers out there making those sorts of choices and in meeting their needs, this is very much the kind of more interesting fashion-led product Vauxhall simply has to make for long term profitability. If it strikes a chord with you, well why not?

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth system
Cruise control + speed limiter
Digital clock
Electronic odometer and trip odometer
IntelliLink infotainment system
Low fuel level warning light
On board computer
Rev counter
Service interval indicator
Speed sensitive power steering
Entertainment
4 speakers
Auxiliary input socket
Bluetooth audio streaming
DMB digital radio
Radio/CD + MP3
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
USB connection
Exterior Features
Adaptive brake lights
Body colour door handles
Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror
Front grille bar - Black jack
Laminated windscreen
Interior Features
12V power socket in centre console
2 rear cupholders in centre console
50/50 split folding rear seat
Air conditioning
Air recirculation control/activation light
Colour-keyed fleece velour carpets
Driver/front passenger assist handle
Driver/front seatbelt pretensioners
Facia, door panel inserts in exterior colour
Front body-lock seatbelt pretensioners
Front door pockets
Front seats - 'Easy Entry'
Height adjustable driver's seat
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated load area
Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
Leather steering wheel
Luggage cover
Morrocana cloth upholstery
Sports pedals
Twin sun visors
Packs
Roof colour pack (Black Jack) - Adam
Safety
ABS
ESP plus
Hill start assist
Seatbelt warning
Side airbags
Side impact protection beams
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
Wheels
17" Hurricane alloy wheels in black gloss finish
Tyre inflation kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 128
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1229
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 73.4
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 72.6
Engine Code A12XEL
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 50.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 61.4
EC Urban (mpg) 38.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 51.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 51.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 34
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 34
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 47.9
General
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 70
Coin Description i
Coin Series Energised
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 2E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 72
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 65
NCAP Safety Assist % 81
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 20000
Special Edition Yes
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 72
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 100000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 14.9
Engine Power - BHP 70
Engine Power - KW 51
Engine Power - RPM 5600
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 85
Engine Torque - MKG 11.7
Engine Torque - NM 115
Engine Torque - RPM 4000
Top Speed 103
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 215/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 215/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style HURRICANE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1484
Length 3698
Wheelbase 2311
Width 1720
Width (including mirrors) 1966
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 38
Gross Vehicle Weight 1470
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 484
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 170
Max. Loading Weight 369
Max. Roof Load 50
Minimum Kerbweight 1101
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 9.8

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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £314.99 p/m £21.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £333.99 p/m £41.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £352.99 p/m £58.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £254.99 p/m £29.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £273.99 p/m £45.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £290.99 p/m £70.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £223.99 p/m £36.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £238.99 p/m £53.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £249.99 p/m £94.99 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Brilliant paint FOC
Dark tinted rear windows £175.00
Premium paint FOC
Solid paint FOC
Two coat metallic paint FOC
Paintwork
Brilliant paint - Red and Roll FOC
Brilliant paint - Saturday white fever FOC
Brilliant paint - White my fire FOC
Premium paint - Let it blue FOC
Solid - Orange Alert FOC
Two coat Metallic - Black Jack FOC
Two coat Metallic - Shades of grey FOC
Trim
Morrocana cloth - Ocio black FOC
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