AT A GLANCE
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
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.
PROTON SAVVY 2010-11
Cheap, cheerful and great economy. Super-soggy performance puts a dampener on appeal. Mediocre motoring. PAY $5000-$7500
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