The 2018 Holden Barina is probably the best-known nameplate in the current Holden cars lineup because apart from the Astra and the Commodore, it's been around for longer than any other model in the current range. That means this small car is a city car that's still holding its own after a longer period on sale than the Trax, Equinox, Colorado, Trailblazer and Spark.
Although this generation of the Barina has been around since as long ago as 2012, it enjoyed a strong refresh in late 2016 to help keep it relevant in a market that's moved a long way in a relatively short while. The key to continued success of this excellent little car is the amount of interior space it offers in such a compact package and at such a competitive price, so let's see what the latest version is like and how much it costs.
Although many of its competitors have had radical restyling since this generation of the Barina was launched, the Holden still holds more of its own in the styling department. This is a little car that looks good from the side, the front or the back, and that most recent refresh really did bring the look right up to date without having to go down the route of an entirely new generation.
Engine and performance
As we'd probably expect for a car in its class the Barina is a front-wheel drive hatchback that has just a single engine available, which is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol unit developing 85 kW of power and 155 Nm of torque. There is a choice of gearbox though, so you can go with a five-speed manual or let a six-speed automatic take the strain if you prefer. That amount of get up and go is quite lively in a car of this size, even though the Barina is quite weighty for its class, it's more than worth it because of the practicality it has to offer here in such a small car.
Models and price
The models and pricing for the 2018 Barina is as straightforward and simple as the powertrain. There are just two trim level available, which are the entry level LS and the higher specification LT. The LS starts from $15,990 with a manual transmission and comes with 16-inch bi-colour allow wheels, six airbags, DRL's and Auto Headlamps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a rear view camera. From as little as $19,990, the Barina LT adds to the LS specification with the likes of 17-inch alloy wheels, Passive Entry and Push Button Start, a leather steering wheel, Sportec seat trim and heated front seats. The six-speed automatic transmission is also part of the LT standard equipment.
For more details about the 2018 Holden Barina models and to find out about the very latest offers, don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Peninsula Motor Group. Or call us to arrange a test drive.