Car reviews - Holden - Barina - hatch range
Holden's Korean-built Barina falls short of its Euro forebear, but costs under $12K
13 Oct 2005
IT’S SHREWD business sense to reduce costs by importing a vehicle from a cheaper source in order to compete against rivals who specialise in low, low pricing. And here the new TK Barina scores a king-hit: $12,990 with air, two airbags, three rear head restraints and five lap-sash seatbelts – all with the reputation and back-up of Holden. But is the company short-changing Australian consumers who are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, or will the South Korean-built 2006 Barina from Daewoo end up as a landmark light car by virtue of its sheer accessibility? With the controversy that’s likely to rage, the fact the baby Holden is perfectly adequate almost seems to not to matter.
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Holden XC BarinaReleased: Feb 2001
Ended: Nov 2005
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Replacing a car renowned for its low quality and dud dynamics, the Opel-sourced 2001 XC Barina made good with high levels of comfort, refinement, value and driveability. Available in three or five-door hatchback guises, it felt like a TS Astra, only smaller. Power came courtesy of a 66kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder tied to a four-speed auto or five-speed manual. Fluctuating currencies meant that Holden had trouble keeping the XC prices competitive against ever-improving cheapies like Hyundai’s Getz.
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