2014 Holden Barina RS: Price And Features For New Sports Hatch

Mike Stevens | Nov 13, 2013

2014 HOLDEN BARINA RS ON SALE

Holden's Barina range has a new hero model, with the turbocharged RS hatch now on sale in Australia from $20,990.

Announced in September, the Barina RS is based on the Chevrolet Sonic RS that hit overseas markets in 2012. Here, it replaces the popular SRi model of earlier generations.

As expected, the Barina RS is motivated by the same 103kW/200Nm 1.4 litre turbo engine available with the larger Cruze, matched to a six-speed manual transmission.

With those numbers, the RS won't be battling Ford's Fiesta ST for supremacy in the 'light hot hatch' market - but with a $5000 price advantage, it's bound to find a few driveways.

Importantly, the RS is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission, which boosts price to $23,190.

The addition of the auto will be welcomed by buyers in this segment looking for a warm sporty hatch, and a commuter vehicle, but not interested in a 'stick shift'.

The RS also benefits from a sports suspension tune, a 10mm lower ride height and extra body-bracing for greater rigidity.

Holden says the the electric power steering has also been locally retuned, with a quicker ratio of 2.3 turns lock-to-lock and unique calibration.

Standard features with the RS include 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 205/50R17 tyres, a 'Premium' sports interior with leather RS-branded seats (heated up front), sports pedals and RS floor mats, piano black highlights, leather steering wheel and shifter knob.

There's also front fog lights, chrome exterior highlights and - of course - RS badging.

There's also Holden's seven-inch MyLink display, a storage tray under the front passenger seat, a sunglasses holder, and a trip computer.

A tyre inflator kit comes with the RS, but buyers can also opt for a no-cost 15x6-inch full-size steel spare wheel.

Safety features include six airbags, reverse parking sensors, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, pedal release system, seatbelt pretensioners and rear seat child seat anchor points.

The Barina RS also gets capped price servicing up to four standard scheduled services for the first three years or 60,000kms, whichever comes first.

Barina CD & CDX Prices Reduced

Elsewhere in the Barina range, Holden has knocked up to a grand off the regular models. See price list below.

Pricing (excludes on-road costs)

  • Barina RS - manual - $20,990
  • Barina RS - auto - $23,190
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  • Barina CDX - auto - $19,690 (down $800)
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  • Barina CD - manual $14,990 (down $1000)
  • Barina CD - auto - $17,190 (down $800)

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  • MotorMouth says,
    5 months ago
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    If this had been around when I bought my Rio in May, I think it would have got my money instead. The equipment level is impressive for the money and, assuming Holden engineers did the chassis tune, it should be a fun drive. It certainly looks the part.
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      5 months ago
      1 like
      Yeah... I get the appeal on a kit and even driving level (assuming again that it does drive well), but I just can't stand the look of it.

      Personal preference, of course. And it's a nice improvement over the regular models, but eh. I'd rather the Rio on style and interior feel. I don't mind missing out on the other points in the exchange.
      • MotorMouth says,
        5 months ago
        1 like
        Really? I think it is just about the sharpest looking light car on the market. The only thing I don't like are the el-cheapo tail-light clusters but they are the reason it costs half as much to fix after a low speed shunt as any other car. I'm sure there are some more appealing aftermarket jobbies you could replace them with, which would make it THE best looking car in it's class. I'd love to see it in a three-door body.
        • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
          5 months ago
          1 like
          Yeah... I don't mind the overall shape of it, but the headlights really put me off (it's an innovative approach but I don't like the result), and that two-port Chev grille design has always grossed me out. The tail-lights, as you've noted, also leave a lot to be desired.

          • MotorMouth says,
            5 months ago
            1 like
            I really like the headlights, they remind me of my Brera and are completely different to anything else out there. I've also always preferred Chevy's split grille to the horrible hack-job Holden always do to replace it. It looks cleaner and crisper.
    • TruthforSkippies says,
      5 months ago
      Holden engineers?! Dear God... laugh
  • jmac says,
    5 months ago
    People will bag this car out, but I reckon they'll sell heaps.

    Put in a diff, the 1.6L with the boost turned up and stiffer setup in the rear and we'll talk. Oh and change the name, "Barina" just screams "I'm a girl who knows nothing about cars" to me. Beep-beep.
    • MotorMouth says,
      5 months ago
      2 likes
      I dunno, the last Barina SRi had a pretty good reputation.
      • TruthforSkippies says,
        5 months ago
        1 like
        The last generation "Barina" SRi was a rebadged Opel Corsa (di you even know that?!) - the current "Barina" is Korean piece of sh** - "Holden" (nothing but GM Korea in disguise) has no problem pulling the wool over the utterly naive and ill-informed local population. Oh, and you drive a Kia (dear God...) - so that explains a lot too! laugh
        • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
          5 months ago
          1 like
          Wow, you make us sit through your 'wool over the eyes' crap, and then you pull out some pathetic "lol oh you drive a Kia" bollocks? Sounds to me like you've never driven a new one.

          Frankly I'd take a Kia over an Opel, new or old (although they're all old anyway, and nobody even wanted the pieces of crap when they were here, but hey).

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