The Vauxhall Adam is a well priced car at its headline figure, and although it’s simple enough to up the price by ticking option boxes, that’s true of its rivals. It’s only to be expected when a car is this customisable, and we rather like the way that it can be specified to individual taste.

But like decorating a house a few years prior to selling it, buyers ought to exercise some care. As with a Mini or Fiat 500, it would be particularly easy to pick options that nobody will want come resale time.

Hilton Holloway

Associate editor
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The Vauxhall will already have a tough enough time, with residual values predicted to be a few per cent lower than a 500’s and more than 10 per cent lower than a Mini One after three years/36,000 miles.

We did record a decent level of economy, mind you: the Adam 1.2 EcoFlex returned 45.4mpg on a touring run, with 39.2mpg overall. That compares with the official combined figure of 56.5mpg. It’s the fuel economy champion in the range, but official figures are generally worse for Adams fitted with 18in wheels, compared with 16 or 17-inchers.

Vauxhall says you can expect around 55.4mpg on the combined cycle from either of the 1.4-litre units, which in the real world should be comparable with the 1.2. Cars without stop-start are around 3mpg worse off than cars equipped with the system. 

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