Holden Barina Spark Automatic – When it was first launched, the Holden Barina Spark was aimed exclusively at female shoppers. Why else would the ad promoting him say he “fits with a short skirt”?
It’s fair to say that the strategy worked; The majority of Barina Spark customers are girls and young women.
Holden Barina Spark Automatic
What has changed in 2013? A few interior upgrades have made the r seat more aesthetically pleasing, but that’s about it; they are essentially the same car with the same target market.
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But young Spark buyers wanted an automatic version, so while we tried the manual version a couple of years ago, it’s time to try the latest addition: the Barina Spark automatic. Let’s see if its appeal goes beyond the price.
Quality: relatively; this is a cheap machine so don’t look for premium textures, finishes or fabrics. Huge slabs of hard plastic cover the doors, and a swirl pattern molded into the top of the dash with silver accents tries to lighten the mood effortlessly. success
The toolkit before r has been updated, which is the biggest improvement here; Round machine gun bullet hole display is now much sleeker and easier to read.
While everything seems pretty well put together, with no apparent assembly issues, there is very little noise heard when the doors are closed. The plastic steering wheel only enhances the feeling of economy.
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Comfort: The seats are fairly flat and firm, but the fabric upholstery provides a comfortable base thanks to the slightly stretchy fabric.
While there isn’t much steering wheel movement, finding a good driving position isn’t all that difficult with the six-way adjustable seat.
There’s plenty of room for those in front, and even the rear seats can accommodate adults thanks to the headroom that the tall roof allows. Three times a day is possible, but not recommended.
Equipment: Suzuki and Nissan charge an additional $1,500 for automatic versions of the Alto and Micra, respectively, and Holden’s $2,000 request may seem a little high.
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However, by selecting the automatic mode, you will get a Bluetooth phone and sound. But don’t worry too much. Bluetooth streaming is terrible in terms of sound quality through a quad-speaker system.
A non-switchable auto EQ dampens the bass so that successive beats are flattened to a level where the volume drops completely.
For a car aimed at young women who will obviously be using their iPods or phones to listen to music, bad sound is a real turn off.
In addition to the glove box, there is a card/phone holder on the dashboard to the right of the steering wheel, with a long notch on the passenger side. There are front and rear cup holders with a little storage space just below the B-pillar.
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The luggage compartment of 170 liters (rear seat up) can be increased to 568 liters with the split rear seats folded down. However, opt for a child seat and usable space is reduced as the attachment point is close to the edge of the boot, causing it to be split in two by the top strap.
Abilities: Despite her tall, boyish appearance, Barina Iskra is better than you’d expect. The steering is sharp and the handling is quite reasonable, with a sense of confidence that these small wheels challenge.
While braking is fine and a steady ride is acceptable, the lack of torque can be a test of patience. With only four gears to choose from, the Spark is far from fast.
The car has four kilowatts more (63 kW at 6400 rpm) and six newton meters more (113 Nm at 4200 rpm) than a car with a manual transmission, as well as variable valve timing. With a volume of 1.25 liters, it also becomes a little more spacious.
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But it’s not like you noticed. Away from traffic lights, the Spark will keep up with traffic, but progress can best be described as steady. Ideally you need an extra gear ratio or two to keep the engine at maximum torque (but then it will be more expensive).
Load the car with passengers and the performance is really dull. In this sense, Barina Spark is superior to its competitors.
Of course, a small car with a 9.9m turning radius has its advantages – if you’re having trouble parking this thing, surrender your license.
Sophistication: While the 1.25-litre Gen II petrol quad seems to have all the necessary components (DOHC, VVT, multipoint injection), it’s quite loud and noisy.
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Given the mass of lightweight plastic that abounds inside, it’s no surprise that the extra sound deadening can be put to good use.
Suspension: With McPherson struts up front and a torsion beam in the rear, nothing new here. However, it combines good steering with good handling so it’s quite hard when you’re cornering.
Braking: Up front, you’ll find 256mm front ventilated discs and 200mm rear drums with good pedal feel and no brake fade.
Safety features: electronic stability control (ESC) with anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), traction control system (TCS) and emergency braking system.
Holden Barina Spark 2013
There are six airbags (right, front passenger, front side and curtain) and a folding pedal opening system. Holden says his crumple zones have minimal impact on the passenger compartment.
Cost of Service: Holden currently offers free service for three years with four standard regular services for the first three years or 60,000 km. This offer ends on 30.04.2013.
Mitsubishi Mirage Automatic ($15,240). While the Mitsu suffers from the same “cheap” interior as the Spark, it does get more space, especially in the trunk. When pressed hard, it doesn’t feel as safe. (See Mirage comments)
The Nissan Micra Automatic ($14,990) is probably the best choice, the Micra’s exterior, sensible and decent interior see it do well in this company. (see comments from Micra)
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Suzuki Alto with automatic transmission ($13,290) is by far the cheapest of the four engines. Alto’s three-cylinder engine has an advantage over the raw four-cylinder Barina Spark engine. This is a direct call between them (see Alto reviews)
Holden’s takeover of the light car market is heavily price-driven, sacrificing sophistication and quality. Barina Spark is also struggling, with all of its competitors outselling in the first three months of this year.
There’s a reason: it’s not the best car in the segment. However, it is quaint, safe and has plenty of room for passengers. And we have no doubt that it will last for many years as a city runner.
But before you buy, write a priority list. The peppy styling might draw you in to the Spark, but in the “very important” segment, the Spark outperforms the Micra among smaller autos. Welcome to the cheapest new Holden you can buy. I must say, once you start driving Barina, you quickly notice how many there are, at least in the cities. So is this Holden under $20,000 a worthy contender for our $20,000 competition?
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We call Barina “Shorty” because she looks like some designer just cut off the back. One thing is for sure: it is impossible to make a mistake that Barina is behind. It’s a distinctive rear end and I have to say I love what they did with the tailpipe tip just popping it out of the bumper. It is these small styling elements that make the car a little different. The rest of the car, I think, is a “personal choice”, whether you like the design or not.
For many manufacturers, when they make a cheaper car, they make sure no one sees the painted metal in the car, which is a sure sign of cutting costs. In the case of Barina, everything is different: it depicts painted metal, loudly and proudly. They actually added some extra painted metal/plastic inside to make it a little funky and it works. There are cup holders and other painted metal details in the doors and it’s eye catching and looks great as a bonus.
The interior is bright and airy, and when you get behind the wheel, the first thing that catches your eye is the speedometer. It’s a motorcycle-inspired device, and looks a bit odd from the get-go. The speedometer is a large round block, and everything else (fuel gauge, other information) is digital on the panel on the right. The fact is that this speedometer is the best speedometer ever. The dial is big and clear, the speedometer numbering is big too and works so well I couldn’t believe it. I really thought it was a gimmick, but when I jumped into another car, the speedometer looked dated and hard to read. Take a look at the photo: yes, it looks strange (and moves up and down with steering wheel adjustment), but, honestly, the speedometer is amazing. There is nothing wrong with the number pad – it is too busy trying to display too much information. A bigger screen would be better.
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