Opel Adam Glam 1 litre Turbo

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Stop counting the likes and start counting the loves. In ADAM GLAM you’re dressed to impress. When you customise this car you don’t go with a trend, you start a whole new one. Take your seat under a panoramic glass roof, immerse yourself in six-speaker surround sound and take a ride in a contemporary icon of style.

That’s the official blurb in the advertising catalogue and it’s pretty close to the truth.

The Opel Adam in the Glam dress is a beautifully crafted car. Superbly specced with standard features and an absolute pleasure to drive.

Of course the Adam, in any of it’s guises, is not the perfect car for everyone but it is a great car to drive.
Yes, luggage space is limited if you don’t fold down the rear seats and yes, the rear seats are nothing more than a luggage tray if an adult sits in the front but if you look past it’s rear seat size issues and focus on the drive it is a superb car.

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The Glam looking glamorous

The six speed gearbox effortlessly transfers power from the 85kW 3 cylinder engine to propel the Adam to 100 km/h in under 10 seconds but this is not the most surprising stat. We covered almost 1500km in a few days including two long trips to Port Shepstone and back to Johannesburg using an average of 5.5 litres per 100 kilometers at 100 km/h which included several acceleration tests on some of the steeper hills.

On the down run, we averaged 5.1 litres per 100km at 100km/h for over 600km. This matches the claimed consumption figures exactly. We were quite surprised to read that the power was delivered by a 3 cylinder engine after experiencing the impressive acceleration and superb overtaking ability of the Glam, no doubt due to the 170Nm from the great powerplant.

If there is one thing that didn’t impress me it would be the “Swallows” design option on the test vehicle but that’s not something you need to choose when buying your Adam. The variety of style options is virtually endless and there are unlikely to be any two exactly the same.

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The ride is smooth thanks to 17″ alloy wheels with 215/45 tyres and the seating is comfortable as well as stylish. The in car entertainment includes MP3 player and the large 7″ screen in the dash makes the built-in Bluetooth phone option a pleasure to use. The radio can store more radio stations then we are offered locally and the 6 speaker system offers excellent sound for the audiophile.

Navigation software is installed as standard according to the marketing leaflet but the test vehicle either didn’t have it installed or yours truly couldn’t figure it out. Either way, that is something you might want to check when taking delivery of your new Opel Adam.

For a full list of standard equipment check out the marketing brochure here.

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The colour scheme I might go with

An interesting feature is the glass roof. While we quite like the additional light that comes into the cockpit early in the morning or late afternoons we wonder if the summer sun in Africa might put us off this feature. The climate control works really well though and only uses 0.3 litres of fuel per 100km according to the onboard computer.

This is a fantastic little car and deserves to be considered if you are in the market, we might just be looking into one ourselves.

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