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The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000

Jas is on a tight budget, looking for a new or ex-demonstrator car with practicality and a compact footprint. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: Which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...

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The Shortlist: $18k commuter car with camera and sensors
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The Shortlist: $18k commuter car with camera and sensors

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


Screw your stupid hidden door handles!
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Screw your stupid hidden door handles!

What's with the disappearing rear door handles? Modern car designers seem to be getting more and more enamoured with the idea that making the rear doors of cars appear as though they're missing entrance levers is in some way sleek, modern or - God forbid - cool. It isn't. Door handles are important and they should be there for all to see and feel...


CarAdvice podcast 40: 2017 VW Golf GTI review
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CarAdvice podcast 40: 2017 VW Golf GTI review

Right from the CarAdvice Melbourne office couch, Mandy and Mike Costello bring you the latest car news, including the Hyundai i30 N official details revealed, BMW demands Australian government for EV support, 2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster unveiled, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross name confirmed for new ASX companion and GM could sell Opel to PSA...


2017 Holden Spark LT v Suzuki Ignis GLX comparison
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2017 Holden Spark LT v Suzuki Ignis GLX comparison

The market’s smallest vehicles aren’t selling quite as well as they used to, but you can’t attribute this decline to any lack of quality on the part of car makers. Two of the best, and newest, entrants are compared here: the Australian-tuned Holden Spark from Korea, and the just-launched Suzuki Ignis from Japan...


Chevrolet Spark Activ: Soft-roader version of Holden Spark revealed in LA - UPDATE
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Chevrolet Spark Activ: Soft-roader version of Holden Spark revealed in LA - UPDATE

The Chevrolet Spark Activ has been unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show. The Activ is distinguished from other Spark models by its jacked-up suspension, which increases the car's ride height by 10 millimetres, while GM has also restyled the Spark's side sills and bumpers, with lots of new grey plastic hinting at some sort of off-road ability...


Why every car's ride and handling matters
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Why every car's ride and handling matters

Rarely does a week go by when someone doesn’t politely suggest that car reviewers might be a little too focused on a car’s ride and handling. Yes, a sports car has to steer like it's on rails and a luxury car needs to feel plush, but why does the suspension and steering tune matter so much on an A-to-B buzzbox? Surely it’s cabin space and layout, infotainment, fuel economy and running costs that are more important to most buyers, right? Aren’t we in journo Lala Land remiss to focus our attention elsewhere? Yes and no...


2016 Holden Spark LS Review
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2016 Holden Spark LS Review

There are two things a first car must be good at, luckily, the all-new 2016 Holden Spark has them both covered...


Micro Car Comparison: Holden Spark v Kia Picanto v Mitsubishi Mirage v Suzuki Celerio v Hyundai Accent
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Micro Car Comparison: Holden Spark v Kia Picanto v Mitsubishi Mirage v Suzuki Celerio v Hyundai Accent

Australia’s Micro Car market has been a hive of activity lately. Two brand new models have arrived, the Holden Spark and Kia Picanto, while the Mitsubishi Mirage has been updated. Add to this list the 15-month old Suzuki Celerio, and you have a mean little quartet of bargain-basement offerings. Each of these baby cars bring something unique to the table...


Australia's cheapest new cars
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Australia's cheapest new cars

Looking for a new car on a small budget? Here are eight of the cheapest new cars available Australia-wide, right now. As you would expect, they are all micro or light cars and, unless otherwise stated, the price excludes on-road costs like registration, stamp duty and CTP. If you shop around, though, you can find great drive-away deals and special offers...


Kia Picanto will outsell all rivals, says company
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Kia Picanto will outsell all rivals, says company

Kia has boldly predicted that its new Picanto hatch will become Australia’s top-selling micro car, even though no price-leading manual gearbox will be offered. Car-makers often shy away from making internal targets public, but not Kia Australia. It wants to capture 300 sales a month, many of which will come from rivals, but also from the used car market...


Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb score five-star ANCAP safety rating
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Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb score five-star ANCAP safety rating

The latest round of ANCAP safety ratings heralds maximum five-star ratings for a quartet of newly launched cars — the Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb. The new Holden Spark - our class leader in the micro car segment - is the first in class to get five stars against ANCAP’s most strenuous 2016 rating criteria. It managed 33...


2016 Holden Spark Review
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2016 Holden Spark Review

The 2016 Holden Spark goes right to the top of the micro car class.


2016 Holden Spark 'a new benchmark', potential top-seller
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2016 Holden Spark 'a new benchmark', potential top-seller

The new 2016 Holden Spark has what it takes to go straight to the top of the declining micro-car sales charts, the company says. Said to bring a new sense of maturity, panache and technology to this uber price-sensitive segment, the Spark is also Holden’s first properly new car to launch in some time. It is, the brand claims, "a new benchmark"...


2016 Holden Spark pricing and specifications: $13,990 hatch lands in April
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2016 Holden Spark pricing and specifications: $13,990 hatch lands in April

The all-new 2016 Holden Spark will hit Australia in April with a starting price of $13,990 plus on-road costs, the lion brand has confirmed today. Revealed first as the overseas Chevrolet Spark in April last year, the Spark was quickly confirmed as a replacement for the local Barina Spark model...


Chevrolet reveals Essentia sedan, Spark Activ crossover concept: Unlikely for Australia
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Chevrolet reveals Essentia sedan, Spark Activ crossover concept: Unlikely for Australia

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off the Chevrolet Essentia sedan and Spark Activ crossover concept at the 2016 Delhi motor show. Built off the Spark platform, the Essentia and Spark Activ concept convert the pint-sized Spark into a functional sedan and lifestyle crossover respectively. Both models are derived from the Spark Cross concept, which was revealed earlier in the year...


2016 Holden Spark detailed ahead of April launch: Local tuning, advanced tech on board
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2016 Holden Spark detailed ahead of April launch: Local tuning, advanced tech on board

The all-new 2016 Holden Spark will make its Australian debut in April, the car maker has confirmed today as part of a detailed look at the new model’s features. Revealed simultaneously in April last year at the New York and Seoul motor shows, the new Spark - which will no longer be branded as part of the Barina line - will launch as Holden’s new entrant in the micro car market...


City cars coming in 2016
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City cars coming in 2016

City cars Mainstream city cars Kia Picanto – March Holden Spark – Q1 Fiat 500 update – Q1 Mitsubishi Mirage update – Q1 MG 3 – April Luxury/sports city cars Abarth range update – Q1 Mini Convertible – April BMW i3 update – second half  ...


2016 Holden New Cars
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2016 Holden New Cars

Details of the new and updated Holden models launching in Australia in 2016. Holden Captiva – January The updated Holden Captiva – without the 5 or 7 suffixes – will arrive in the first month of the year. The Captiva 5 has been dumped, with the SUV previously known as the Captiva 7 now renamed to be the Captiva...


Chevrolet Spark RS revealed for SEMA: Could a hot Holden Spark appear?
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Chevrolet Spark RS revealed for SEMA: Could a hot Holden Spark appear?

Holden’s overseas sibling Chevrolet will debut a hotted-up ‘RS’ version of its new Spark hatch at next week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. Sharing its platform, technology and much of its styling with GM Europe’s new Opel Karl and Vauxhall Viva models, the new little hatch will make its way to Australia as the Holden Spark early next year...