The Holden Spark replaces the Holden Barina Spark and is an exciting new option in the micro car segment. It’s cheap and has something that’s hard to find in a car this size.
The Spark range starts from $13,990 (before on-road costs) for the base model LS with a manual transmission. This is the entry-level LS with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
There are some great colour options including this – Splash Blue, also Fresh Lime Green and Mystic Violet. You can pick your wheel inserts, body add-ons and cabin colours – you can give your Barina Spark a bit of a personal touch.
Inside is where the big-ticket item is for this car – a touchscreen is standard and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – this is what none of its competitors currently offer. If you want cruise control or a rear-view camera then unfortunately you’ll have to pay extra.
For a small car it feels quite spacious up the front here – and the finishes are nice.
In the back, as you would expect it’s a little squishy. But perhaps the biggest oversight is the complete lack of storage.
Boot space is tiny too – 185 litres. There are other cars of this size with much more cargo space. On the road the Spark benefits from Australian-tuned suspension making it feel like a bigger car on the road.
Under the bonnet is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine. So how does it go on the road? Well, we let CarAdvice staff member Eva - who is right in the target demographic for the car - spend a weekend with it.
The Holden Spark has a five-star ANCAP safety rating and comes with a three-year/100,000km warranty with a lifetime capped-price servicing plan and one year roadside assist.