Update: an earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned the Adam earnings five stars. This is not the case, as the Adam was given an overall rating of four stars.
The European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) recently put an Opel (Vauxhall) Adam through its battery of crash tests to determine the safety worthiness of the diminutive city car. The Adam earned four stars overall and adequate scores in each subsection of the evaluation:
|4 stars (of 5)
Watch the Adam, in the Jam trim level, get crashed in this video:
Here are Euro NCAP’s comments for each subsection of the test:
The passenger compartment of the Adam remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Opel showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. The car scored maximum points for its protection of the passenger dummy, with all body areas being well protected. In the side barrier test, the Adam demonstrated good protection of all body regions except the chest, which was adequately protected. In the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib deflection indicated weak protection of the chest, although other parts of the body were well protected. The seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
In the frontal impact, forward movement of the child dummies, both sat in forward-facing restraints, was not excessive but protection of their chests was rated as fair owing to the chest decelerations measured. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by their restraints, minimizing the likelihood of dangerous head contact with parts of the car interior. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver about the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. The rear outboard seats could not accommodate the group II/III child restraint but, otherwise, all restraints for which the car was designed could be accommodated without a problem. Cars before VIN W0L0MAP08E6000067 contain slightly different information in the user manual regarding installation of the group II/III restraint in the front passenger seat.
The bumper scored maximum points for the protection it provided to pedestrians’ legs. The front edge of the bonnet was good in most areas tested but provided poor protection at the outer edges. The bonnet surface, where a child’s head might strike, showed mixed performance with areas of good, adequate and marginal protection. The windscreen offered good head protection to taller pedestrians but was poor around the windscreen pillars and at the base of the screen.
Electronic stability control is standard on the Adam and passed Euro NCAP’s test requirements. A seatbelt reminder system covers the front and rear seats and a driver-set speed limitation device met Euro NCAP’s requirements for such systems.