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Holden Barina

The Holden Barina nameplate has been around in Australia since 1985, and it currently adorns a pair of 1.6-litre petrol-powered small hatchbacks. The Barina range was rationalised in late 2016, with prices cut and the sedan version given the… boot? Current prices range from $8,800 for the Barina LS (5YR) to $17,160 for the Barina LT (5YR).

It shares category space with the similar-but-different Spark, with both cars sourced from GM’s plant in Korea. Holden’s Melbourne-based design team was responsible for the more 'grown up' design update that was added to the car in 2016.

Holden Barina Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Barina here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Does my 2001 Holden Barina need a new clutch?

    By 'rides' I’ll assume you mean 'slips', which then slowly allows the car to build up to speed (as in, the rest of the car catches up with the engine). There are two major causes of this, the first is a clutch that is out of adjustment, and the second is a clutch that really needs replacement.

    The problem you have, though, is that even if the clutch on the Barina is adjustable (and some clutches aren’t) the fact that you’ve been driving it with the clutch slipping suggests that you’ve already damaged the clutch to the point where it would need to be replaced anyway. Continuing to drive it can also put 'hot-spots' on the car’s flywheel (to which the clutch attaches) and that can mean the flywheel also needs to be resurfaced when you replace the clutch.

    I reckon, at the minimum, you’re looking at a new clutch kit. Ignoring it will eventually wind up with the clutch expiring completely and you walking home.

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  • Why does the engine light keep coming on in my 2010 Holden Barina?

    A build up of carbon deposits (a by-product of burning petrol) is, indeed, a known fault with this engine. If it occurs, it can create the precise symptom you’re seeing (the check-engine light) but can also lead to an erratic idle and misfiring. There have also been cases where this engine has developed wear in the exhaust valve and valve-seat region, with similar end results. Unfortunately, the only fix is to remove the cylinder head and replace both the exhaust valves and their seats.

    I agree that 52,000km is a depressingly low mileage for problems like these to occur, so you need to make absolutely sure it really is the cause before you start to tear into the engine. A leak-down and compression test may throw some light on things, as can an electronic scan of the car. A fault-code of P0300 is a big clue that the exhaust valves are at the centre of the problem. This model Barina was another Holden that was simply a re-badged South Korean-built Daewoo with all that implies.

     

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  • What is causing my 2006 Holden Barina to select a gear but not move?

    Short of an utter mechanical failure such as a broken driveshaft or snapped gearbox input shaft, I’d say your automatic transmission is at fault. If you can feel the gears being selected (which you say you can) that’s a good start, but if there’s no movement form the car when you apply the throttle, then you could be dealing with anything from a broken gearbox or differential to a simple case of low transmission-fluid level.

    Check the owner’s manual for the correct procedure for checking the fluid level and give it a try. If the level’s low, drive can certainly be affected and a top-up might put things right. Beyond that, you need to let a mechanic look at the car.

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  • Why is the steering on my 2010 Holden Barina unstable?

    A car that feels unstable even in a straight line is a potential death trap. The higher speeds on the open road (as opposed to driving around the suburbs) are obviously amplifying the problem, but whatever it is needs to be fixed fast. To be honest, I wouldn’t be driving it at all.

    You could be looking at a problem with either the steering system itself, worn suspension or even a loose (or rusted) front cross-member that is allowing things to move in directions they shouldn’t. Don’t rule out poor wheel alignment or even incorrect tyre pressures, either. Has the car been crashed and repaired? Poor crash repairs can leave a car misaligned, making it steer and handle oddly. Either way, get it checked and fixed pronto.

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Holden Barina Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Barina varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $8,800 and going to $17,160 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2019 Hatchback 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,800 $17,160
2018 Hatchback 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $6,700 $15,070
2017 Hatchback 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $6,200 $14,080
2017 Sedan 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $7,000 $15,070
2016 Hatchback 1.6L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $6,100 $12,980
2016 Sedan 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $6,500 $13,970
2015 Hatchback 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $5,800 $12,760
2015 Sedan 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $6,000 $12,980
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Holden Barina Fuel Consumption

The Holden Barina is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.8L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2019 Hatchback 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 6.8L/100km 1.6L PULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Sedan 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 6.8L/100km 1.6L PULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Sedan 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2015 Hatchback 6.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2015 Hatchback 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
2015 Sedan 6.8L/100km 1.6L ULP 5 SP MAN
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Holden Barina Dimensions

The dimensions of the Holden Barina Hatchback and Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2019 Hatchback 1517x1735x4039 mm 149 mm
2018 Hatchback 1517x1735x4039 mm 149 mm
2017 Hatchback 1517x1735x4039 mm 147 mm
2017 Sedan 1517x1735x4399 mm 149 mm
2016 Hatchback 1517x1735x4039 mm 147 mm
2016 Sedan 1517x1735x4399 mm 149 mm
2015 Sedan 1517x1735x4399 mm 149 mm
2015 Hatchback 1517x1735x4039 mm 149 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Barina Dimensions

Holden Barina Wheel Size

The Holden Barina has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 195x65 R15 for Hatchback in 2019 with a wheel size that spans from 15x6 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2019 Hatchback 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2018 Hatchback 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2017 Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2017 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6 inches 205x55 R16 16x6 inches
2016 Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2016 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6 inches 205x55 R16 16x6 inches
2015 Hatchback 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2015 Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Barina Wheel Sizes

Holden Barina Interior

The last version of the Barina's interior was still pretty interesting from a design point of view, but varying trim surfaces and lots of hard plastics highlighted the model's age. Nonetheless, both trim levels came with a 7-inch multimedia screen in the dashboard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but don't be fooled by images of the Sportec leather-look trim on the LT. The steering wheel is genuine leather, however.

Shown above are interior details for the Holden Barina 2018.

Holden Barina Towing Capacity

The Holden Barina has maximum towing capacity of 1100kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2019 Hatchback 1100kg 1100kg
2018 Hatchback 1100kg 1100kg
2017 Hatchback 0kg 1100kg
2017 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
2016 Hatchback 0kg 1100kg
2016 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
2015 Hatchback 0kg 1100kg
2015 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
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