Put the funk in func­tion

Holden’s perky city car is strictly for the un­de­mand­ing driver

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test - KARLA PIN­COTT karla.pin­cott@cars­guide.com.au

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.

VALUE

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

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