It is the smallest model in the Holden stables and the diminutive proportions continue in the pricing department with the entry level CD one of the cheapest light cars on offer.
Its $12,490 price tag has it squaring off with Suzuki Alto, a couple of Protons and Nissan’s new Micra.
Extras on CDX include a rear spoiler, 1-inch larger diameter alloy wheels, perforated Sportec trim instead of fabric and power window operation for the rears as well.
The standard safety features on both versions including electronic stability control (ESC) is praiseworthy especially as the market focus is young drivers. There’s no spare wheel as standard, just an inflator kit, though an optional 14-inch steel spare can be had at extra cost.
Performance-wise the meagre 1.2-litre engine’s spark of life is rather dull, especially at lower revs, while hills test its mettle. With only 2000 km on our test car, the engine was probably still tight providing further unnecessary and unwelcome handicap.
No auto option will disappoint some potential buyers.
Holden’s tiddler offers a comfortable ride and respectable, though not class leading, roadholding. However, the ESC is overly eager to intervene, possibly not a bad thing for novice drivers, and the steering transmits mid-corner road-shocks to the driver. But for the money it’s certainly worth a look.