THE EX­PERTS SAY

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Holden sold nearly 37,000 ex­am­ples of this se­ries Ba­rina. Best year for sales was 2012, when the Ba­rina tal­lied more than 12,000 — then the light hatch de­clined steadily to barely 4000 in 2016.

Among used list­ings, hatch­backs out­num­ber sedans four to one and roughly two-thirds are au­to­mat­ics. The base grade CD ac­counts for over half of those for sale.

Ini­tially there was only one trim level. The CD man­ual hatch ($15,990 new) is val­ued at $6800.

By 2016 there were mul­ti­ple trim lev­els. The CD man­ual hatch ($15,390 new) is now val­ued at $10,250 and the flag­ship RS auto hatch ($23,590 new) is worth $15,600.

The Ba­rina’s re­sale value has not held up as well as its Mazda2, Toy­ota Yaris, Hyundai Ac­cent and Suzuki Swift ri­vals. Given Holden’s re­cent an­nounce­ment to end sales of the Ba­rina, the re­sale val­ues may de­cline fur­ther but good equip­ment lev­els and crash safety en­sure on­go­ing buyer in­ter­est.

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