A lit­tle car brim­ming with big car gad­gets

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - ROB RATHGEBER

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.

Prices

The three mod­els of Opel Adam in­clude the Jam from R220 316, the Glam from From R248 662 and the Slam from R267 527.

PHOTO: OPEL

Cute as a but­ton, but quite a bit faster is the Opel Adam, a hatch that would have herr Adam Opel smile.

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