Everyone wants to set himself apart from the crowd, says our car tester Reinhold Deisenhofer. The Opel Adam provides plenty of individualism with many different roof and chassis colors and special interior details. But of course a modern subcompact has to be practical and thrifty, as well.
A modern 3-cylinder engine needs to provide respectable power with low fuel consumption. We tested the Opel Adam with the 1-liter ECOTEC Direct Injection engine, which comes in two versions producing 66 or 85 kilowatts. We tested the more powerful version. Opel says it gets 100 kilometers on 5-point-1 liters of gasoline.
Reinhold says subcompacts like the Opel Adam are conceived for inner city use, so the Adam's turning radius could have been a little tighter. But the Flex Fix system that Opel developed especially to transport bicycles is very practical. A little drawer you can pull out of the rear will hold a bike weighing up to 30 kilograms. And an optional adapter will carry a second bike.
The Adam's Flex Fix system costs 590 euros. The adapter for the second bicycle is another 200 euros. The Adam thereby combines a high degree of practicality with an attractive design. That's quite a plus point, because car buyers often have to choose EITHER functionality OR looks.
How individual does your car need to be? asks Reinhold. The Opel Adam has colored clips on the wheel rims, stars on the roof, ten different colors of interior lighting, and playful patterns on the dashboard. But to sell your car after a few years, you'll need to find a buyer who has similar taste.