2012 Holden Barina Review

2012 Holden Barina TM 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.5 / 10
Distance when acquired3200 kilometres
Most recent distance7000 kilometres
Previous carAudi A4


Walking requires less effort than the Barina


Didn't drive enough to see things falling apart, but it had lot of rattles for a new car. I had a demo, which had done very few km; close to brand new.

General Comments:

Well... where to start. Revs a lot, but no go. At one point I felt like cutting a hole in the floor, and using my legs to give it more speed.

Seating positions are very uncomfortable. Very poor on fuel. A car that has small engine and no go - with 4 people it'll consume similar or more fuel than a Commodore.

I don't have the right to comment on reliability, as I only owned for few thousand Ks and couldn't take it any more. But I have owned over 70 cars over the last 20 years, and this one should be bottom of the list. Wouldn't buy another one for sure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th July, 2013

Average review marks: 2.5 / 10, based on 1 review