Car reviews - Holden - Barina - 3-dr hatch
Stand Out Features
9 May 2001
IT makes a refreshing change to see safety, quality and handling characteristics take the front seat in a budget car's development priorities. Barina finds an excellent blend of ride comfort and handling properties, and a good mix between active and safety features. Consider four-wheel disc brakes, improvements to the steering and suspension, dual airbags as standard and the use of anti-whiplash front head restraints - a feature not often seen in this class. We remain disappointed, however, that an anti-lock braking system is unavailable even as an option and that rear head restraints and a centre-rear lap-sash seatbelt were not deemed important enough by the product planners to warrant inclusion.
Did you know?"Active" (or primary) safety features provide the means to avert accidents. "Passive" (or secondary) safety features minimise injury risk once a collision becomes unavoidable
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