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by Karl Peskett

Update: New Holden Barina Review

You may remember a little while ago, we had a sneak preview of Holden’s updated Barina. Well today, Holden has released specs and pics of the latest incarnation of its budget battler.

Sporting a refreshed exterior and interior, the Barina now comes with the added benefit of side airbags to bolster its oft criticised safety rating.

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From the inside, the Barina now has a revised instrument panel, console and new fabric trim. Exterior-wise, a more Euro look has been adopted, and it reminds us a little of the Skoda Roomster. Powering the car is a 1.6-litre, 76kw, 145Nm engine, which returns a 7-litre/100km fuel consumption when mated to a manual gearbox, and 7.6L/100km in automatic form.

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The 2009 Barina hatch begins at $14,490, with a choice of five new colours in the range. ABS is still an option however, but is now bundled with alloy wheels in a $1,190 package.

“With three body styles, striking exterior and interior design improvements, Barina will appeal to a broad range of customer groups. Add side impact airbags and the package becomes even more attractive,” said Philip Brook, GM Holden Director of Marketing.

“Barina represents great value for money in a growing segment of the market that appreciates fuel economy and the convenience of a small vehicle.”

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Holden Barina recommended retail pricing

• 3-Door Hatch starting from $14,490

• 4–Door Sedan starting from $15,990

• 5-Door Hatch starting from $15,990

• Optional ABS and alloy wheels (4) pack $1,190




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