Lit­tle Veg­emite

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

the first de­cent turn. The Barina rides well on its 17-inch­ers and quashes sec­ondary jig­gles over rip­pled road as well as any car in this class. There’s no wal­low­ing, lit­tle body roll and a sense of so­lid­ity when it does hit de­cent bumps.

Around town, the trick elec­tric steer­ing is light enough not to make park­ing an is­sue but there’s never an is­sue of not know­ing where the wheels are pointed.

There is enough play on cen­tre to cope with back-seat glances by frus­trated par­ents or dis­tracted teens with­out putting the car into the next lane. Yet when lock is ap­plied, it is re­ward­ingly di­rect. And there is head and legroom for two adults in the back, along with enough cargo space— 290 litres— to fit a cou­ple of overnight bags.

VER­DICT

The up­dated Barina is a good rea­son why Holden engi­neers should be un­leashed on prod­ucts brought in from South Korea. They’ve turned an av­er­age car into a good one.

Be­tween the clean looks, de­cent ride and tech-based in­te­rior, they should be able to lure more than a few first-time new car buy­ers into a Barina.

On a win­ner: The Barina’s ap­peal is in its clean looks and youth-ori­ented in­te­rior

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