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Holden's XC Barina from Europe proved to be one of the best light cars sold here

26 Nov 2001

TO FIND another $2000 for a couple of extra doors on the Barina makes little sense at first glance. But the benefits brought with the five-door model, including steering wheel and seat height adjustment, are soon realised. Whether it's worth the extra dollop of dollars will depend on the individual. The bottom line, though, remains the same. An assured, involving driving experience, combined with a great many unexpected features, make this a car worth considering over most of its budget rivals. With three doors or five.

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Model release date: 1 February 2001 to 1 December 2003

Previous model

Holden Barina five-door

Released: April 1994
Ended: February 2001
Family Tree: Barina

THE current XC Barina replaced the long-running SB model in February 2001. The first of the Opel-built Barinas, the SB appeared in April 1994 with a 44kW SOHC four-cylinder, which was replaced by a 60kW SOHC unit in August 1997. The SB's predecessor, the MF/H model, also doubled as a Suzuki Swift.

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