What is it?
The Vauxhall Adam is now the car it potentially always should have been. When it launched in 2013, the Adam came with an archaic engine range consisting of 1.2 and 1.4-litre four-cylinder normally aspirated units. The 1.2 was slow, the 1.4 unrefined; neither had any kind of charm, character or driving pleasure to befit the Adam's supposed premium city car positioning.
The car was crying out for a modern, three-cylinder turbocharged engine, in other words. As luck would have it, Vauxhall has now fitted the Adam with just such a thing.
First seen on the new Corsa and the Adam Rocks crossover-convertible mash-up towards the end of last year, the new three-pot turbo engine is now available in the standard Adam. It’s a 1.0-litre unit which produces 113bhp and 125lb ft while returning claimed combined economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km. A combination of numbers the Adam could only dream of before.