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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

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

Kia Picanto
  • Strong aftersales care; polished design inside and out; decent steering and body control; feels stable and solid at speed; drive-away pricing makes it understandably tempting

  • Engine and four-speed auto lack pep; a manual option would help for purists; inferior infotainment to some rivals; no cruise control available, even as an option

Suzuki Celerio
  • Spacious and feels tall on the road; zippy once on the move; has old-school charm

  • Slow off-the-mark; lacklustre infotainment provisions; four-star ANCAP safety rating

Fiat 500
  • Cool, cute and distinctly Italian; decent 1.4-litre petrol engine and fun 6-speed manual transmission; retro style interior is slightly improved with new infotainment unit; good ride and handling; comfortable seats; good roof mechanism;

  • Not a lot of low-down grunt; avoid the auto; no rear-view camera; small touchscreen;

Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Sharp list pricing, and even sharper deals can be had; revisions to suspension have been worthwhile in terms of ride comfort; interior is roomier than some in the class

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