Vauxhall Adam review - Reliability and Safety
While the Vauxhall brand has customer satisfaction issues, the Adam seems to have proven a hit with owners
The Adam did not feature in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey; Vauxhall itself finished in a disappointing 29th place out of 30 manufacturers. Owners weren’t overly complimentary about any part of their ownership experience, although the reported rate of issues was relatively low at 12.5 per cent. Vauxhall’s recent purchase by PSA should see standards rise across the board in the future.
The stylish Vauxhall shares most of its platform with the tried-and-tested last-generation Corsa, so buyers shouldn’t have to worry about durability.
A four-star Euro NCAP crash test rating will disappoint Vauxhall. This was achieved in 2013 the Adam beating the DS 3 with its individual percentage scores.
All versions get six airbags, stability control and a speed limiter, although there’s no option to add safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking.
Vauxhall’s warranty is 60,000 miles or three years, extendable for a varying fee on cars less than seven years old and with fewer than 70,000 miles on the clock. That is capped to 100,000 miles in total. Any outstanding warranty can be transferred in a private sale of the car for £25.
Service intervals on all Adams stand at 20,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Vauxhall offers fixed-price servicing packages, as well as service clubs, which provide discounts on labour, parts and MoTs.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Adam review (2012 - 2019)With funky looks, too-cool-for-school model names and a bewildering range, the Vauxhall Adam is aimed at fashionistas
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Adam is fairly ordinary to drive, but the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo is a gem
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsWhile some Adams can get near 60mpg economy, no model emits less than 100g/km of CO2
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Adam looks great and has a funky interior, with enough personalisation options to make your head spin
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThree-door-only Adam is roomy in the front, but usability is hampered by cramped rear seats and a tiny boot
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingWhile the Vauxhall brand has customer satisfaction issues, the Adam seems to have proven a hit with owners