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A WOR­THY re­cip­i­ent of this year’s awards for the car we would rec­om­mend out of a sec­tor which has seen lit­tle in the way of newly in­tro­duced ve­hi­cles be­tween Oc­to­ber of last year and this. Holden’s re­vised and re­vamped Spark is the en­try ve­hi­cle into the cur­rent crop of glob­ally-sourced ve­hi­cles bear­ing the rag­ing Lion badge. It is also the Holden you would least ex­pect to be an in­te­gral part of the brand’s line-up, due mostly to its small size – a trait not ex­pected of any Holden, ever. The Spark sits al­most on the fringe of the Holden pride, and demon­strates the ge­netic di­ver­sity of the brand, hail­ing as it does, from South Korea. While it may not carry the roar of per­for­mance nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with Holden prod­uct, Spark’s at­ti­tude is all Lion – just in a cub form. Here is a Small car that thinks it’s a big­ger one and the level of equip­ment on­board merely am­pli­fies this con­sid­er­a­tion. The build qual­ity is ex­cep­tion­ally good, as is the ride qual­ity, com­fort and per­for­mance. Holden’s Spark is un­threat­en­ing – mak­ing it ideal as a pool car for mul­ti­ple driv­ers of vary­ing skill and con­fi­dence lev­els; sur­pris­ingly spa­cious – in the front two seats any­way, and very well ap­pointed in safety equip­ment and spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Spark comes to us in two grades, the LS and the more up­mar­ket LT. The LT takes a rear park as­sist and rear cam­era setup over the LS, along with a pas­sive en­try and key­less push but­ton start. The LT also of­fers the Cvt-only trans­mis­sion, while the LS gives the op­tion of a five-speed man­ual. Both mod­els fea­ture day­time run­ning lamps, but LT takes LED over con­ven­tional DRL’S, and rides on 15-inch al­loys over the LS model’s 14’s. Rear power win­dows for the LT are the only other sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween the two, other than cos­metic trim high­lights and a leather wrapped steer­ing wheel also found on the LT. Power comes from a 1.4-litre, Ecotec petrol en­gine which de­liv­ers 73kw at 6200rpm and 124Nm of torque at 4400rpm for a man­u­fac­turer fuel use fig­ure of 5.2 litres per 100km. Both mod­els fea­ture ABS brakes, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, cruise con­trol, hill-start as­sist, trac­tion con­trol, elec­tronic brake force dis­tri­bu­tion, steer­ing wheel-mounted con­trols and the Mylink in­fo­tain­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity suite. Priced from $17,490 to $20,990, the Spark qual­i­fies for three-year/100,000km free cer­ti­fied ser­vice and war­ranty.

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