The tested model of Holden Barina (Model Year 2009) was introduced in Australia in mid 2008. This 4 star rating only applies to the 3 door hatch which had safety-related improvements for cars built from May 2008. The 5 door hatch and sedan have received similar safety-related improvements as the 3 door hatch but these bodystyles have not been tested by ANCAP.
Dual front airbags and side airbags with head-protection are standard equipment. Antilock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are optional. Electronic stability control (ESC) is not available. An advanced seat belt reminder is fitted to the driver seat. The front seat belt buckles are mounted on the seats and the upper anchorages are adjustable. These features improve the fit of the seat belt. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash. A three point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. This provides better protection than a two point (lap) seat belt.
A full list of safety features and technologies can be viewed within the Technical Report (see download link).
Published: 06 November 2008