Holden’s refreshed 2017 Barina is now available from showrooms with a raft of improvements, including a new-look exterior and a boost in technology.
Starting from $14,990, the facelifted Barina features Aussie design input, with Exterior Design Manager Justin Thompson proclaiming:
“It was time for the Barina to grow up at bit and expand its global appeal beyond the young adult market. We were challenged to explore what Barina could be; to create a more athletic exterior whilst providing an interior that people can enjoy their time in.”
The front-end is said to be inspired by the latest Chevrolet Camaro, with LEDs now incorporated into the front bar. New tail lamps at the back complete the picture.
Inside, a heavily revised interior features a 7.0-inch touch-screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, bringing it into line with the smaller Spark that was launched earlier this year. A reverse camera is also standard on the base LS model, as are 16-inch alloys and auto headlamps.
Moving up to the LT adds 17-inch alloys, leather-trimmed steering wheel and ‘Sportec’ seat trim with heated front seats. All models keep the five-star ANCAP safety rating from the outgoing model.
Two variants are available, the LS and LT, both receiving power from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder developing 85kW and 155Nm. See below for highlight standard features, and further below for the starting prices (excludes on-roads):
- 1.6-litre petrol engine
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- New front fascia, grille and rear fascia
- 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Rear View Camera with Rear Park Assist
- Auto headlamps with LED DRLs
LT (above LS)
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Passive Entry and Push Button Start
- Leather steering wheel
- Sportec seat Trim
- Heated front seats
2017 Holden Barina 1.6-litre LS manual – $14,990
2017 Holden Barina 1.6-litre LS automatic – $17,190
2017 Holden Barina 1.6-litre LT automatic – $20,390