I agree with most of this tbh, Vauxhall seems to have fallen by the by nowadays. When I were a lad *misty eyes* my Grandparents always had Vauxhalls (because British*). Dunno what they had before I can remember stuff (I've seen pictures of a Chevette) but Granny had a pea green Nova, then a Blue J reg 1.4 Nova Luxe Saloon, and Grandad got a J reg Astra Mk2 for his work shitter until he retired. Then they traded the Blue nova in for an X reg Astra 1.6, kept that 5 years and now they've had a sea of Hyundai ever since.
Back to the modern times though sadly, Gareth hired an Adam the other weekend when I was at the FOD and couldn't lend him the Gooner. I laughed at him obviously but he had it until the Monday night so he drove me to and from work. And in the front, it wasn't too bad. 0 rear legroom and a boot barely big enough for his laptop bag, but with the front seats right back it wasn't bad. Interior felt decent, android auto radio with SEPERATE normal heater controls, at 80 it wasn't too noisy although apparently that was all it had to give, nippy around town (1.2 I think) and it was averaging 47mpg. Took £40 to brim the tank, and looked quite nice from the front. Not bad we thought. So we did a bit of lunchtime looking on the internet...
And found out that the one in his trim was nearly £19k! That's standard everything and the android auto box ticked. Fuck all else. We then found the VW Up! Gti which had alot more kit as standard, with their version of androud auto was almost 16k... We didn't like the Adam anymore, it feels OK, but not £20k of OK. What fucked up world is a VW ever any cheaper than a Vauxhall.
The icing on the cake is Gareths 15 year old Daughter, in my eyes THE target demographic for the thing said she didnt like it because it was a Vauxhall!
Bad times for Vauxhall in my eyes. I'll stick to the late 90's/early 2000's unloved astras/zafira A's and Vectra's if I ever decide to go down the cheap German route