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The Holden Barina has been found to be the best value small car according to an NRMA Insurance crash test program focused on low-speed collision repair costs.

The Holden Barina topped the group of nine of Australia’s top selling small cars in the bumper tests conducted at the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) Research Centre. Going up against the Nissan Micra ST-L, Ford Fiesta LX, Suzuki Swift GL, Volkswagen Polo 77TSI Comfortline, Hyundai i20 Active, Mazda2 Maxx, Honda Jazz VTi and Toyota Yaris YRS, the Barina proved the best value for money with a total repair cost for a front and rear collision of $2574, 14.3 per cent of its new purchase price.

The Nissan Micra claimed second place with figures of $6056 and 35.6 per cent, ahead of the Ford Fiesta with a total equaling $8850 or 42.4 per cent of its purchase price.

Nissan Micra

The most expensive car to repair was the Toyota Yaris, with a total cost of $13,440 equating to a significant 70.8 per cent of its new car value.

The test sees vehicles moving at 10 km/h contact a standardised bumper beam with a flexible, energy-absorbing cover that replicates a real vehicle bumper.

Robert McDonald, Head of Research NRMA Insurance said the low-speed crash test program was designed to urge car manufacturers to make improvements to bumper bar design to help to keep collision repair costs affordable.

Type of Vehicle

Front & rear bumper repair cost

Repair costs as percentage of purchase price*

Holden Barina
(5 door hatch)

$2,574

14.3%

Nissan Micra ST-L
(5 door hatch)

$6,056

35.6%

Ford Fiesta LX
(5 door hatch)

$8,850

42.2%

Suzuki Swift GL
(5 door hatch)

$8,929

48.6%

VW Polo 77TSI Comfortline
(5 door hatch)

$11,037

51.4%

Hyundai i20 Active
(3 door hatch)

$9,031

53.2%

Mazda2 Maxx
(5 door hatch)

$11,320

58.5%

Honda Jazz VTi
(5 door hatch)

$13,754

69.5%

Toyota Yaris YRS
(5 door hatch)

$13,440

70.8%




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