Review Holden Barina 2018
Holden Barina is a name tag that is more well known than many others in the company’s lineup. It has been around longer than Trax, Equinox, Colorado, Trailblazer, Spark, in fact, longer than everything except Astra and Commodore.
The current generation Barina itself has been around for a while: it debuted back in 2012, and it’s fair to say that the market has come a long way since then. But Barina too, after a refresh in late 2016 – and it’s still one of the more spacious offerings in the segment, and one of the higher priced cars, too.
In fact, it achieved eighth sales in the declining light-vehicle segment in 2017, however, with nearly 4,000 units sold, there are still a lot of people interested in the Barina model.
So is it still superimposed?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Barina is an attractive or most attractive product in the segment – this is mainly related to the fact that the cars it competes have changed quite a lot in the six years since the current generation of Holden was launched.
There are more attractive rivals, but I think the update by the end of 2016 is definitely worth the price. And in the premium LT guise as you see here – with stylish 17-inch alloy wheels that stand out from Barina’s boxy silhouette – it’s pretty handsome. In fact, LT for me is 8/10 and LS is 6/10, so I took the average here.
Changes include new enclosed headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL) instead of the old-style headlights, new grille, new front and rear bumpers, and revised taillights.
The interior is also quite nice, with loads of hard plastics of different textures and qualities, while the leather upholstery on the seats is unconvincing. It’s quite spacious, though ..
How realistic is the inner space? 6/10
Barina has one of the larger interiors of the segment, thanks largely to its tall roof. It’s roughly the same size as 4039mm long and 1735mm wide, but with a height of 1517mm, it’s not a compact SUV.
There’s good front and rear headroom, and the driver’s seat is adjustable in height – meaning the taller driver can lower himself quite well, but the front passenger seat doesn’t adjust the height. and it sits quite high.
The multimedia system is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with two USB ports (one for connection, one for charging – both in the top glovebox) and Bluetooth phones and audio streaming – and you get that system in both variants. The screen is supposed to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but when I connect the iPhone, it displays a reflective screen, which is annoying, because there’s no navigation.
The driver information display can be a monochrome, but it’s handy for reading digital speeds and you can keep track of other important information, like fuel usage.
Legroom in the back seat is sufficient, but not an exception – behind my own driving position (I’m 183cm tall), my knees stiffen against the seats. You can fit two adults in the back quite comfortably, but three will be hard work. If you tend to transport younger passengers, dual ISOFIX and three anchors on the top child seats will come in handy.
Storage in the back is poor – there’s no back door storage, only a map pocket and no armrest down. There is only one cup holder in front of the middle seat.
There are two cups in the front between the seats, and there are large bags at the entrance but they are formed to hold the bottle, so your enthusiasm can be disturbed as you move around. The dashboard is rather small, and there is no armrest between the seats – but the driver has a valve-style armrest.
The biggest problem I had with the cabin was the huge steering wheel – like, it resembled the one used in Used Goods, and it was too big for the Barina cabin, – and the gear train too. suffering. The smaller features will make the cockpit more spacious, and it’s a bit too easy to accidentally put it down to M for manual mode, instead of D.
The Barina starter kit is quite good at its size at 290 liters (VDA), and extends to 653L with the rear seats folded down in a 60/40 shape – it’s a good cargo bay, albeit with a lip The load is large, deep, and there is a space-saving widget under the floor.
There are a few other small things as well: the actual power windows have automatic down (and automatically up on the front). And a number of things arise: hard plastic mass, cheap feeling; The buttons and dials don’t feel great to rotate; and seats are quite uncomfortable.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
Holden will push to make a deal when you’re in the showroom and ready to spend – so make sure you keep that in mind if you buy a Barina.