Well the headline is a little misleading however it is true that the Crash Test Program which was run by NRMA was won by the Holden Barina. The program wasn’t like ANCAP to test how safe the cars were, but to bring the issue of repair costs and impacts which it can have on customers’ insurance premiums.
The Barina came out on top beating 8 other small vehicles by 35.6 per cent or more with a front and rear low speed collision costing $2,574 (about 14.3 per cent of its new purchase price).
Robert McDonald (Head of Research NRMA Insurance) said “because of its effective bumper design, Barina did not suffer structural damage and the damage was isolated to the bumper components”.
As we have covered in our review of the Suzuki Alto, cost and safety doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive with the Barina also scoring a 5 star ANCAP rating.
Below we’ve included the collision result from all 9 vehicles tested by NRMA: