The 2017 Barina has been restyled to complement new arrivals such as the Opel-designed Holden Astra, with a more mature face that includes reshaped headlamps, narrower top grille and a broader lower grille.
The rear end has also received a nip and tuck and the upgraded interior finally has a grown up dashboard with a gauge cluster that doesn’t look glued on as an afterthought.
The MY17 Barina comes in two variants, the LS and LT, which replace the CD, CDX. The facelift doesn’t apply to the sedan, which is still available in MY16 guise, and the sporty RS variant is no longer available at all.
The base model LS is $400 cheaper than the CD it replaces with a retail price of $14,990, but comes with extra standard equipment which includes a reverse camera, the latest 7.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, LED daytime-running lights, six airbags, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, fog lights, cruise control and 16-inch alloy wheels.
For an extra $5400 ($20,360) the LT comes with leather steering wheel, ‘Sportec’ leatherette seat trim, heated front seats, keyless entry, push button start, 17-inch alloys and six-speed automatic transmission.
Both are powered by the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with the LS getting a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or, for an extra $2271, the LT’s six-speed auto.
The MY17 Barina range is now available in Holden showrooms.