Put the funk in function
Holden’s perky city car is strictly for the undemanding driver
WHATmakes for a good city car? If you want something that’s nimble enough to nudge up to your barista’s elbow and won’t bust your fuel budget, slip into the Holden Barina Spark.
But if you want to pretend you’re Mark Webber, look elsewhere. The Spark lacks, well, spark.
But it’s cheerful, economical transport with enough features to keep you comfortable and amused around town.
The base model CD at $12,490 is the choice against the Suzuki Alto at the same price. And while the Proton S16 and Chery J1 are $1000 and $1500 less respectively, they both feel even cheaper.
Hyundai’s Getz from $13,990 feels more solid yet lacks features the baby Holden has even at base level.
The Spark CD gets all the usual kit but also has stability control, six airbags, traction control and anti-lock brakes with electronic assistance systems, 14-inch alloys, sporty body kit accents and the crucial – for its target market – iPod/ iPhone and USB inputs.
Spending $13,990 for the Spark CDX doesn’t get you much more: 15-inch alloys, colour-accented vinyl seats, power rear windows, sporty
Running latte: The Barina Spark is nimble and a lot of fun