A little car brimming with big car gadgets
AS the pensioned reviewer on these hallowed pages I get to be curmudgeonly and get away with it.
Which is why I decided the smallest Opel I have had to test so far, is far too pretty to be called Adam. Eve she should be. She is hardly pusillanimous. If anything, just the opposite despite her masculine name.
Her tiny engine gives excellent power and long legs, but I’m told for younger buyers the main features about this whole range — also called the rainbow range — is the plethora of colours, combinations of colours, wheel differences and luxurious finishes like Red and Roll, James Blond, or Purple Friction. And looking at some of the wheel descriptions — “boomerang”, “hurricane”, “twisted” and “roulette” — I’m clearly not the target market for her shoes.
The infotainment is as avant gardé as the colours. There is a seven-inch intel link system, Bluetooth, USB, AUX input with six speakers making one hell of a sound system.
The personalisation options do not stop there. Contrasting clips for the wheels are also available, as are decal foils, mirror clips and front logo bars push the possibilities of combinations to the thousands.
Behind all the flash, however, the engineering is solid and so user friendly that even I can link the smartphone.
The the three-cylinder onelitre Turbo Ecotec engine makes 85 kW and — to my mind — an astonishing 170Nm at 4000 rpm. Driven at half these revs, it just sips fuel. Front and rear discs, antilock braking system, electronic brake force distribution stop you with aplomb.
Her small size and parking assist technology makes parking her even in the most busiest cities a breeze.
There are very few negatives. The tiny boot is probably a nuisance and getting into the back seat demands some athleticism.
The floor, riding on 15-inch Rotation Alloy Wheels with 185 / 65 R15 tyres, is also close to the rough stuff. A car for the young metropolitan then.
But all in all, Adam Opel, who started off by making bicycles in the Russels Heim on Main, would be very proud of this little car bearing his name and surname.
The three models of Opel Adam include the Jam from R220 316, the Glam from From R248 662 and the Slam from R267 527.
Cute as a button, but quite a bit faster is the Opel Adam, a hatch that would have herr Adam Opel smile.