In­side view

HOLDEN BA­RINA SPARK

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

ex­pected. The 1.2’s out­put, though hardly neck­snap­ping, isn’t ex­actly snore-in­duc­ing.

Our ex­po­sure was limited to 85km with two adults on board, but the Spark didn’t ex­actly fiz­zle when called on to haul up hills or even cut through a few mildly in­ter­est­ing twisty bits of bi­tu­men.

It is bor­der­line fun, in fact, though car­ry­ing four adults or too great a haul from the sea­sonal sales will tax it.

Road noise is min­i­mal, sug­gest­ing that boasts about in­su­la­tion aren’t empty.

The CDX prob­a­bly shades the CD when hus­tled along a bit, but who are we kid­ding here with talk of dy­nam­ics?

The Spark will get you to the next Oro­ton clear­ance and back, girl, no prob­lem. Just as long as mum and dad made you get a man­ual li­cence.

Ver­dict

SEX in the City wannabes must be ready, will­ing and in­deed able to ma­nip­u­late a clutch pedal while wear­ing Manolo Blah­nik knock-offs. Price: from $12,490 Likes: in­te­rior space, five doors, will­ing en­gine Dis­likes: no auto, bo­gus name overtly girly En­gine: 1.2-litre, 4-cylin­der 59kW/107Nm Trans­mis­sion: 5-speed man­ual Thirst: 5.6L/100km claimed Suzuki Alto ($11,790) Pro­ton Savvy ($13,990) Nis­san Mi­cra ($12,990) Hyundai Getz 5-door ($14,990) Kia Rio ($14,990)

Get a load of this: the Spark is only 3.5m long but it has an im­pres­sive amount of in­te­rior space, along with an abun­dance of de­sign cues, with many sharp an­gles and hid­den rear door han­dles.

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