All show and go: Opel makes a statement with the new Adam


There is no doubt that Opel is alive and definitely on the comeback trail to win back the hearts of South Africans.

Having succeeded in re-introducing the Astra nameplate back into the market, Opel wasted little time in turning their attention to a segment that has rapidly gained in momentum, the so-called boutique hatchback segment where the main draw cards are style and functionality.

Introduced early this year, and named after the brand’s founder, the Adam is not only Opel’s first entry into the segment, but also signals the marque’s intent of establishing itself as GM’s flagship brand.

Our test car turned out to be the range topping Glam model, which sported the same I’ll Be Black paintjob as my previous Jam spec tester, but featured a customised white logo bar, 17-inch Roulette alloy wheels, and a (optional) panoramic roof.

Although not as customisable, the Glam doesn’t deter from the fact that the Adam will warrant a second glance. Its looks are modern and youthful, lending the impression that its main aim is to be the centre of the attention.

Inside, the Adam plays its biggest trump card with one of the most contemporary and beautifully trimmed interiors the segment has seen. Fitted with a slab of body colour plastic on the dashboard, built quality is nothing short of superb.

Taking pride of place, the seven-inch Intellilink touchscreen infotainment system not only looks smart and is a doddle to use, but also comes equipped with pre-loaded apps for Stitcher, TuneIn and BringGo navigation.

Given its flagship status, the Glam’s equipment levels are just as impressive with climate control, Park Assist, Bluetooth streaming, Xenon auto on/off headlights, rain sense wipers, multi-function steering wheel, City Mode Steering, six airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP, Blind Spot Alert and Hill Start Assist.

By far the Adam’s biggest highlight is its engine. Displacing 999 cc but with a turbocharger, the all-new three cylinder rates as one the best downsized units I have so far experienced.

With 85 kW and 170 N.m of torque, the latter available from as low as 1 800 rpm, forward motion is rapid and could see you going faster than expected. Equally as impressive, the six-speed manual gearbox is not only slick, but also direct and the shift action crisp.

Irrespective if which model you opt for, the Adam is bound to make a statement unmatched by its more expensive opposition.  

To book a test drive, visit Williams Hunt Port Elizabeth, corner of Knight Street and William Moffett Expressway, or call 041 396 4600 today!