The 2016 Holden Spark is one of the best cars Holden has brought to the market this decade.
I won’t mess about, Holden has had trouble with small cars for years now with a series of models arriving in Australia from overseas that haven’t me our local expectations.
But with the Holden Spark there is the feeling that some more care and attention to detail was taken and the end result is a pretty enjoyable little city car.
It’s tiny, and that’s such a huge advantage in the city.
While I was testing out the Holden Spark I approached a busy T-intersection at peak hour, a car that was turning right was positioned well over to the left, in the Spark though I was able to easily squeeze through and make my turn.
Same with parking, it fits into spots most other cars wouldn’t even consider.
Add all this to very responsive and light steering and a terrific little turning circle and you have a car vehicle that’s right at home in the city.
The 73kW/128Nm 1.4 litre engine in the Spark provides decent-enough acceleration and the little Holden is comfortable-enough on the highway.
The CVT auto transmission (the only transmission offered on the LT) is also generally very pleasing, though it did get a little bit lost a couple of times in situations where some more go was required.
Fuel economy, in the city, came in at a very reasonable 6.5L/100km.
Holden’s engineers have also done excellent job with the Holden Spark suspension.
It doesn’t provide sports car like handling, but for a micro-car the ride is very comfortable.
All of the controls are situated in the right places, the gauges are clear and the seats are reasonably comfortable.
Legroom and boot space is about what you would expect from a micro-car.
A reverse camera comes as standard on the LT grade of the Spark, but isn’t available in the entry-level LS.
Perhaps the only real turn-off for me with the Holden Spark was the lack of steering wheel adjustment. Yes, you get tilt adjustment, however you can’t adjust the reach and that means I was never really 100% comfortable.
Holden charges an additional $550 for metallic paint (everything but solid red/white) and the Holden Spark boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; this is a good little car. It’s easy to drive, safe and efficient and the pricing is fair and reasonable.
Holden has got the steering and ride well sorted too and the cabin fit, feel and finish was beyond my expectations.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Holden Spark LT
Engine 1.4 litre petrol producing 73kW and 128Nm
Transmission: CVT automatic
Safety: Five stars
Origin: South Korea
Price: LT from $18,990