Opel Adam Review & Ratings
- 11 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Many people have not heard of Adam Opel. He is the founder of the Opel automaker, which is located in Germany. The Opel Adam is the vehicle that was named after him by the company and released in the year 2013.
While it may seem a bit eccentric to put the founder’s name on a car made for the city, but Ferrari sold the Enzo, so why not? Additionally, humanizing the Opel Adam a bit is not going to hurt anything. The competition for the Opel Adam is the Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500. As with each of those subcompact hatchbacks, style and personality are just as important as handling and acceleration.
While the Opel company is late in entering the hatchback market, the General Motors subsidiary is going to try to make amends with the market in Europe by offering consumers many customization options as well as every manner of smartphone connectivity. Currently, the Opel Adam is only available in Europe for now as the Chevy Spark is offered in the United States.
There are many different options available for the Opel Adam. This includes at least 15 different upholstery options as well as 18 dashboards and door panels that are interchangeable. For a budget hatchback, the Opel Adams offers a decent finish and fit.
The 2013 Opel Adam will be sold in 3 trim levels, the Jam, the Glam, and the Slam. There are 12 exterior paint color options available. The paint colors have names strait from the 80s and 90s and include Purple Fiction, James Blonde, Papa Don’t Preach, and I’ll be Black. There are 3 roof color options, 20 different alloy wheel designs and also a rainbow of wheel covers that clip on should you get tired of looking at the wheels at any time.
There are millions of ways to option this car out according to Opel and when it is optioned out it resembles the Fiat 500 with the fat rear fenders, rounded roof line, as well as the back side windows that look like pie slices.
There are several smaller displacement gas engines that are used to power the Opel Adam. There are 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter four cylinder engine options. The 1.4 liter engine has the option of 2 tune states, one that offers 87 horsepower and one that comes with 100 horsepower.
At some point in the year 2013, General Motors will offer a new direct injected turbo charged 1.0 liter 3 cylinder engine for the Adam line. This, along with a newer 6 speed manual transmission should provide a better performance and fuel efficiency to keep with the progressive ambitions of the vehicle. Additionally, the 1.4 turbo inline that provides a solid performance in the Chevy Sonic, is also going to be available for the Opal Adam.
One of the top selling points of the Opel Adam is the tech features that are offered by the car. One of the systems at the top of the list is the Intelilink system that will harness a smartphone, both android and iPhone devices, delivers the navigation, plays music libraries, photo galleries, and offers different app functions for the vehicles central infotainment screen.
This technology is clever as most buyers own a smartphone already and the navigation app will be configured so that drivers will not have to pay roaming charges while they are on the move. The software updates are much easier than they would be with a factory navigational system.
There is also an optional blind spot warning system and an automated parking system that can parallel park the vehicle and back into tighter garage spots.