BARINA repairs are least costly
The Holden Barina has topped an NRMA Insurance crash-test program that looks at low-speed collision repair costs
NINE of the top-selling small vehicles in Australia were put to the test to see which was the least expensive to repair in a low-speed crash.
The aim of the exercise was to encourage consumers to consider repair costs when looking for a new car due to the impact it can have on their insurance premium.
Barina was the best performer by a significant margin with a repair cost for a front and rear collision of $2574 or 14.3 per cent of its new purchase price.
Next-best Nissan Micra cost 35.6 per cent of its new purchase price while the worst performer – Toyota Yaris – cost more than 70 per cent of its new purchase price to repair.
Robert McDonald, head of research at NRMA Insurance, said the low-speed crash-test program was designed to urge car manufacturers to make improvements to bumper bar design to help keep the cost of collision repairs affordable.
“Because of its effective bumper design, Barina did not suffer structural damage and the damage was isolated to the bumper components,” he said.
Barina hatch and sedan also boast a five-star ANCAP crash rating.