• Amlohac

    In short. Dan says … Dont buy one. Ever.

    • Schah7

       & it’s another latest UGLY AS from GM.!

    • Zaccy16

      exactly, awful car, another awful holden, 2 and a half stars says it all

    • Rod

      I bought this car about 1.5 years ago.. I’m pretty happy with it. I drive between Newcastle and Sydney every few weeks. It’s pretty zippy, it’s only slow when you fill it full of people. It performs better than an older 1.5lt car. I did have 1 issue, the air conditioner stopped working but Holden fixed it quickly. I can’t understand why it’s rated so poorly?

  • Captain Nemo®™

    They might be manual rear windows but at least they wind down. Unlike the awful pop out things in the VeeDud throw -Up!.  What decade are they stuck in i wonder? 60s or 70s. 

    • Golfmother

      UP will outsell this pile of junk , so pop outs are no problem if you rarely have back seaters , nostalgia mate like the 60′s , mini , 2002  , VW , we have air con , they didn’t .

      This is possibly the worst car on the road , sales back that up , man GM is scraping the bottom of the barrel , long live DAEWOO .

      • Captain Nemo®™

         Yet VeeDud make the most gutless A/C on the market. That’s if it’s working properly so pop out windows are a concern.

        • Golfmother

          GOOSER able seaman nemo , VW air is just as good as BMW , honda, and subaru , we know delco thought theirs was the best in the 60′s but the rest of the world went past them , never had an issue with any air con in the last 20 years ,all nice and cool , i lie just remember my 735i blew its comp at 130,000km .

          • Captain Nemo®™

             Keep dreaming Bungle VeeDud A/C is like Nana with asthma breathing on you.

          • Golfmother

            AS nemo has only ever driven bogan holdens he has no idea about other air cons , any one with intelligence who lives in this fair country always tests before buying.

            Today it was 39c ,and i cruised the hills in comfort as i have in subaru and honda’s .

            The stand up troll doll below has no idea how to string a sentance together or how and when to use capitals , obviously not  BMW owner , IQ is  85 .

          • Homer

            Keep your hand on it Nemo. In the last 5 years my wife and I have owned 2 BMW’s, one Benz and 3 VW’s. We live in Queensland and all the above cars had excellent air con with ample cold air at low fan speeds.

          • Captain Nemo®™

             Wow Homer i never realised that pink turd you drive on TV is a VeeDud.  Is it a Jetta or Pus-satt?

          • Standuptroll

            vw as good as bmw
            ha ha ha ha hah 

            there’s our motherf#####r laugh for the day.
            when you realise you you’ve failed as an auto reviewer you could have a  successful career in stand up comedy
            shame they’ll be laughing at you not with you
            But I wish you success – keep the jokes coming 

          • SickofHoldenbashers.com

            HaHaHa, you and a 735i, HAHAHAHA, Dream on or prove it….If in Victoria name a place to display it and I will look from a distance so that both can be sure of themselves or if elsewhere I will arrange for one of my interstate colleques throughout Australia can verify that either you do own a 735i or are just deluded or dreaming or just a little boy. People can claim anything as their car on this forum. You are pobably a 12 year old dreaming about his dream car. Oh By the way I have a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.. I may just well have one or I maybe doing your thing. And VW are well known not just in Australia to have AC not up to standard. They are not used to our heatwaves just like many cars but for the price VW command they should have better AC than cheap Asian cars.

          • Golfmother

            I did own a 735i along with honda’s and subaru , past tense .

            Obviously being a holdenphile driving a craptiva you have no experience of other brands air con , so you cannot comment on VW air , more OZ bomb drivers with an axe to grind as holden sales crash .

          • Gibbut

            sick of non bogans?

          • Zaccy16

            exactly golfmother, my polo has the best air con out of any car ive owned, it worked fantastically on the 38 degree day we had recently in geelong

          • Pro346

            See how it goes with 5 people in the car towing a trailer uphill in 40 degree heat…not that it would ever get up it.

          • Henry Toussaint

             You really love your VeeDubs…

      • Zaccy16

        exactly golfmother, this car is a laughing stock, only complete imbeciles would buy one over a up or even a micra eg captain nemo

        • Dave W

          Just so you know, Renault Clio RS shares platform with Nissan Micra and Tiida.

          • Zaccy16

            i did no that dave, thats why the micra drives well but the tiida was a horrible car 

  • matt

    matiz was $9,990 D/a back then… there is your increased sales

    • Gibbut

      heard of inflation?

  • Dennis

    Everything is built to a price.

    Holden isn’t asking 18-19k for this thing are they??? No

    But your better off spending 17-18k on a Barina.

    And no the Up! isn’t a better option. Your better off in a Korean than a Slovakian Built VW

    VW up! Options List
    FeaturesSunroof – Panoramic Electric Glass$1,400Comfort Drive Package$600Maps + More Portable Infotainment Device$500Comfort Style Package$2,500Paint – Metallic/ Pearl$500 

  • Andyw

    yuk barf

  • Andyw

    962kg and 59kw is a whopping 61kw/tonne, must be a thrill to drive, a 1975 Gemini did better than that

    • Gibbut

      please dont use the wonderful gemini and this thing in the same sentence!!

  • moonie

    Nothing to do with Daewoo at all.

    The body was designed in USA and it uses an update of the drivetrain from the Geo Metro/Cruze (sold here as the Holden Cruze 4WD).

    The supposedly “superior” VW Up puts out just 50 kW from  its noisy 3 cylinder engine.  Just because its German (in name) doesn’t make it superior….

    • Daniel DeGasperi

      moonie, the engine is an update of the E-Tec II engine used by Daewoo in the Matiz and Lanos/Kalos, which was disused by GM. Also, the point is this vehicle was the last GM Korea car designed to be a Daewoo and that wore Daewoo badges. Those who say a Barina or Cruze is simply a Daewoo are wrong, but the Spark essentially is. Cheers, Dan.

    • horsie

        The 1st AWD holden Cruze was made in Japan by Suzuki and used a suzuki 1.5 engine. 

      • moonie

        You shouldn’t rely on Wikipedia.

        The last Matiz (not sold in Australia) used a version of the modular engine co-developed with Porsche before the GM takeover (the Tosca/Epica uses the six cylinder variant).  The first Matiz used a Suzuki Alto /Maruti engine licensed from Suzuki.

        The Spark uses an updated version of the Geo Metro Cruze engine, which was the last of a string of engines developed by GM which originated in a total re-engineering of the Suzuki Alto engine for the first Geo Metro (Holden Barina) / Suzuki Swift co-developed with Suzuki in the mid-1980s.  RHD models were made by Suzuki in Japan.

        No Daewoo at all.

  • Scotty

    Agree with moonie above. No Daewoo at all. apart from the factory where daewoo were built is now transformed into a GM factory and has been for many years. but no daewoo parts at all. rebadged as Chevy in sates. Holden in aust. same car same materials.

Holden Barina Spark Specs

CD : 1.2L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 5 SP MANUAL - UNLEADED PETROL - 5D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
HOLDEN
Model
BARINA SPARK
Variant
CD
Series
MJ UPDATE
Year
2012
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.2L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
107Nm @  4800rpm
Max. Power
59kW @  6400rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
62.2W/kg
Bore & Stroke
69.7x79mm
Compression Ratio
9.8
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.905
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
35
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
5.6L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
948
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1522mm
Length
3595mm
Width
1597mm
Ground Clearance
132mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
9.9
Front Rim Size
4.5x14
Rear Rim Size
4.5x14
Front Tyres
155/70 R14
Rear Tyres
155/70 R14
Wheel Base
2375
Front Track
1410
Rear Track
1417
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DRUM
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
14 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Driver
Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio Compact Disc Player
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors, Rear Spoiler
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
29-K-16
Country of Origin
KOREA