AT A GLANCE

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HOLDEN BA­RINA SPARK 2010-12

PRICE NEW $12,490-$13,990

PRICE NOW CD $7000-$11,000; CDX $8000-$10,500 SAFETY 4 stars ANCAP EN­GINE 1.2-litre 4-cyl, 59kW/107Nm

TRANS­MIS­SION 5-speed man, 4-speed auto; FWD

ECON­OMY 5.6L-5.8L/100km

ALSO CON­SIDER SUZUKI ALTO 2010-12

The tiny Suzuki is eco­nom­i­cal and sturdy but lacks per­for­mance. Has a full ar­ray of airbags but only the top model gets sta­bil­ity con­trol. PAY $6500-$10,500

FIAT 500 2010-12

The orig­i­nal 500 was aimed at those with mod­est means. To­day’s model is more a fun fash­ion state­ment. Not cheap but still a neat jig­ger.

PAY $9500-$14,500

PRO­TON SAVVY 2010-11

Cheap, cheer­ful and great econ­omy. Su­per-soggy per­for­mance puts a damp­ener on ap­peal. Medi­ocre mo­tor­ing. PAY $5000-$7500

COM­ING UP

Do you own or have you owned a Holden Captiva? Share your ex­pe­ri­ence with other Cars­guide read­ers by send­ing your com­ments to Gra­ham Smith at grah.smith@big­pond.com or write to Cars­guide, PO Box 4245, Syd­ney, NSW 2010.

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