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Micro Cars

Holden Spark
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  • As much fun as a first car should be; great in-car tech for the class; engine, ride and handling all big positives

  • Pricier than a first car should be; brakes and wind-up rear windows are a miss; back seats, boot and CVT not strong points

Kia Picanto
  • Finally, a five-speed manual version; circa-$15k pricing, low thirst and seven-year warranty/capped-price servicing/roadside surety; Aussie-tuned ride and handling package; Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible infotainment

  • Carryover four-cylinder and four-speed auto powertrain still lacklustre; feels surprisingly much like the old Picanto in the driving experience; neat gear such as the more powerful 1.0L turbo triple engine and AEB still not on the Aussie menu

Suzuki Celerio
  • Spacious cabin;, OK ride; willing little drivetrain; bargain price

  • Dour looks; no cruise control; infotainment old-world; after-sales care

Fiat 500
  • Improved ride and handling; upmarket in-cabin appeal; quality detailing; still the funkiest city car on the market

  • Lacklustre engine; thirsty compared with claim; getting old; under-equipped

Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Sharp list pricing, and roomier than some

  • Lacks the refinement of chief competitors; still behind the pack in terms of drivability; some lurching from the CVT from a standstill