Opel Adam 1.4 Easytronic Review
The Opel of Adam's Eye

clifford chow
23 Aug 2016
 

Introduction & Exterior

This is not a retro-themed car, but one that encompasses the joy of driving and quality build, in a small fun-sized package.

Volkswagen has a Beetle, Mini has… well a Mini… Opel has an Adam. Named after Opel’s founder, the pint-sized car similar in space to a 3-doored mini, is Opel’s offering to those who feel that small is chic.

Mind you though, there is nothing retro about this car. It’s actually cute and fun to drive!

Exterior

The Adam comes across as a little unusual in styling, but it is actually quite pretty. With a wide selection of 12 yummy colour combinations to pick from, our test car came in Sunny Melon with a black roof. All cars feature 2-tone paint treatment, with heaps of chrome sprinkled into this happy formula. Sheet metal has been stamped to produce very beautifully formed bulges and lines.

Front headlamps sit proud over a smiley grille, which is flanked by a set of indicator lamps. The door handles are nestled in C-shaped, crisply-formed creases that flow and taper off at the rear wheel arches. The doors also feature beautifully formed lines that run parallel to the side skirts, and scoop upward toward the front wheel arch.

The rear windshield is framed by the roof and a subtle roof spoiler shades the third brake light. Tail lamps have their fair share of chrome treatment within the lenses. You can see the amount of effort that Opel has put into a car that carries the namesake of the company’s founder.

A chrome accent begins from the A pillar, flows to the rear and ends at the rear, below it lies the “Adam” emblem. Sixteen-inch rims with 195/55 tyres look rather huge on the frame, but whole thing just comes together... a treat for the eyes.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1398cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 85bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 130Nm @ 4000rpm

Performance

Acceleration 13.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 178 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 21.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3698 x 1720 x 1484) mm
Wheelbase 2311 mm
Turning Circle 11.6 metres
Fuel Tank Capacity 38 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums