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.
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