Sam says dynamite comes in small packages


There is a definite market for small cars but few manage to combine small with appealing design. The Opel Adam, however, is a sporty, stylish little car that makes the most of its size in its design elements. Yet, from the interior the size really is something that takes getting used to.


I have never been a huge fan of two-door cars. They are just not practical and make getting in and out of the car unnecessarily difficult. The Adam, however, takes this to new levels. The back is so small that if you are a taller driver or passenger, the front seat touches the back seat to comfortably accommodate you.


Ideally, the best driver for the Opel Adam is one who seldom drives with more than one passenger.  Even the boot is tiny and a large grocery shop would prove challenging. Even two large back packs would take up most of the room. Ultimately, the Adam is only ideal if there is no Eve in the picture.


The drive

The Opel Adam may be one of the most underrated, little hatches on the market. It is fun and exciting, rewarding and fun to drive. It has a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit with a power output of 85kW. The torque is set at 170Nm and it has a six-speed manual transmission. It is this that gives it that extra little kick.


The claimed fuel consumption is 5.0 litres/100km with emissions of 115g/km though in reality I achieved about 6.3L/100km with minimal traffic driving.


The design

Like the exterior design, the interior is modern and on-point. Of most appeal is the colour-coded design. The lighting of the infotainment system and around the dash gauges makes for a trendy interior.


The doors are quite large and I was caught off guard the first time I opened door straight into my own face (not my finest hour). The doors being so large actually created a serious issue of contention for me because it caused the seatbelt to be set quite far back. I had to actually turn right around in my seat and stretch back to reach it.


Unfortunately, I did not check this for myself but during the course of my research, it appears as if the Adam does not have a spare tyre. Granted this may have changed recently but if not, this seems like a very risky move to take. I have been stuck on the side of the road in a dodgy area in need of two spare tyres, I couldn’t imagine not having even one. This experience, gave me a deep appreciation for spare tyres and for me a spare should not be optional.


The Opel Adam is a great car, especially if you are young and single. It looks great, drives great and offers so much more to drivers in this segment who want more than the boring, ‘same-old’ when it comes to small cars. Be sure, however, that when you choose the Adam, your Eve is still some way off.


Good to know

The specs

Engine: 1L turbo-petrol

Power: 85 kW

Torque: 170 Nm

Claimed fuel efficiency: 5.0L/100km

Price: from R271 000

Warranties:  Five-year or 120 000km warranty, five-year unlimited distance anti rust-through warrant and a three-year or 60 000km service plan.


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