Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Is a Real Head-Turner Fun and Flirty Little Hatchback; Gen Y Women May Struggle in the Kitchen, but They Want to Cook When It Comes to Style

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Is a Real Head-Turner Fun and Flirty Little Hatchback; Gen Y Women May Struggle in the Kitchen, but They Want to Cook When It Comes to Style

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Byline: Vani Naidoo

APPARENTLY GenY women want, and intend to, have it all. Well, that's what the latest research claims anyway. A great career, a storybook family and personal satisfaction. Balance is the buzzword and the bigger picture is governed by the need to find that equilibrium.

They have tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and think nothing of mowing the lawn or changing a tyre.

They can mix a killer cocktail but more than half of them can't cook a roast, hem their clothes or iron a shirt. And perhaps the statistic that will send shockwaves around the nation... only 4 per cent can bake a lamington. It is this group of high-achieving non-bakers that Holden had in its sights when it released the Spark a a zippy, sexy mode of transport that can also double as a fashion accessory.

Comfort

The snazzy seat trim and motorcycle instrumentation may do enough to detract from the close confines.

There is certainly room up front but trying to fit three adults in the back, especially with a sloping roofline is hopeful.

But as that was never the intent, the Barina sparkles in other ways.

There are storage nooks and crannies aplenty, a bit like that much loved handbag and the console is cleverly laid out.

The instrument cluster is attached to the steering column so it adjusts should you raise and lower the sporty three-spoke wheel, which by the way, is nicely weighted with a solid feel.

As you would expect, boot space is limited a a largish overnight bag or three environmental bags of groceries is about the limit. It does grow to 570 litres with the rear seats folded.

On the road

The 1.2-litre four cylinder engine holds its own in the confines of city streets with looming office blocks but struggles for breath up hills with anything over third gear, sometimes second, just wishful thinking.

It's gutsy on the open road provided you don't need any sudden bursts of acceleration. Tyre noise is minimal and it is responsive in the turn.

The Spark does come into its own around town and parking, even in the tightest of spots is a breeze.

What do you get?

The Spark is pretty competitive with other offerings on the market with remote keyless entry, USB and iPod AUX input, steering mounted audio controls and 15-inch alloys. …

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