Vauxhall Adam Jam Review

July 5, 2013

We hope you like fruit conserve related puns because this review is going to be jammed full of them! But seriously, the Vauxhall Adam Jam is Vauxhall’s new small city car and answer to the MINI and Fiat 500. A supermini designed with fashionistas in mind the car comes with a plethora of customisation options. Is choice enough in the battle for the supermini top spot though? Read on to find out more.

Why Vauxhall Adam Jam?

Firstly, what about that jammy name? Let us start with Adam. Vauxhall say it is in homage to Adam Opel, the long deceased founder of the German car manufacturer Adam Opel AG. Ok, so far so good. The problem arises when you compare this naming system to the far cooler sounding Ferrari Enzo. As symbolic and meaningful as it may be the name Adam lacks a certain je ne sais quoi and conjures up images of your old drinking buddy rather than an Italian motor racing legend. So how about Jam? The Adam comes in three different package types. The aforementioned Jam sits as the base model, Glam comes in as a slightly more showy offering and, rather predictably, Slam is the name of the sports offering. The 1.2 litre model does 0 – 62 in 14.9 seconds and has a power of 69 BHP. The top range Slam Extreme model comes with a 1.4l engine and sits at a very comfortable 99 BHP. If you were feeling slightly more timid you could always go for the 86 BHP version. All cars feel particularly suited to city driving though, almost unapologetically so. At speed engine noise fills the cabin and the steering feels worryingly light. Suspension is also passable in the base models. Unfortunately, sports packages may leave you needing a new coccyx. We understand that part of a sporty ride is feeling the road below your wheels but there is a difference between feeling it and having the road ride roughshod over your body. However, as already stated, the Adam Jam is a city car and for that purpose it is well designed. On well maintained roads, at a slow speed, the car ticks all the boxes it needs to. It does only tick them though and does not excel in any sector. If you did need to use it for motorway travelling it would hold its own but not spectacularly so.

I Like My Jam Customised

There are 12 separate body colours available, alongside contrasting colours for the roof sections, and 20 varying alloy designs. The level of customisation combined with the different model types really is a selling point, drivers with a sense of individuality will be impressed to know you really could never see two of the same Adams in your lifetime. Considering the compact exterior look the Adam Jam feels surprisingly roomy inside. The high cabin and over arching windscreen create a sense of airiness where other superminis fail. Leg room is reasonable for driver and passenger but rear seating room is severely lacking. This is not a shortcoming exclusive to the Adam Jam however, many superminis fail to comfortably seat 4 full grown adults. The seats support you nicely and have an almost bucket like feel. The glowing instrument panels dials dance when you turn the key in the ignition and are easy to view through the well positioned steering wheel. The overall UI is easy and fairly attractive although it does not blow you away. The base model comes with a black dash and black cloth seating. However, there are plethora of customisation options. Fascia colour comes in 4 different incantations, there are 15 different seat trims, a few different roof lining options and 18 different fascia decor panels. Overall then the Adam Jam does not excel but still does not fail. One of its most attractive features is the £11,255 entry-level price tag which includes 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth and air-con. Of course if you wanted drive a Vauxhall Adam for even less you could check out our leasing deals. Written by Ryan Hill