HOLDEN BARINA SPARK
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.
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.