In the GMI Garage: 2013 Holden Barina CDX

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    In the GMI Garage: 2013 Holden Barina CDX



    I was very disappointed to be returning the Holden Volt to Holden's Salmon St Headquarters. I really enjoyed my time with that car and the report is writing itself. I found myself driving slower the closer I got - like being sent to the headmaster's office.

    But my disappointment is shortlived. I liked the 2012 TM Barina for it's good looks, solid equipment list and roominess not to mention safety rating and features for a car in the sub-smallcar class. Whatever it's results in the hands of other testers, it caused the competition to sharpen their pencils and slash prices and/or load up with equipment and it's been a solid seller for GM worldwide.

    Now, Holden've ratchetted it up a notch or two. Not only does the CDX come with Sportec-trimmed, heated sports seats with bigger bolsters, more geegaws like park assist, more chromey bling, leather-trimmed steeringwheel and a nicer sound system, but it also is the first Holden to come equipped with GM's new MyLink colour 7" touchscreen and app-streaming platform. It doesn't just do phone and sound.

    But the big, big news from an enthusiast point of view, is it's now point-and-shoot! New 17" rims that look similar to the Aveo RS Concept, stickier treads, lower ride with recallibrated spring/shock/rollbar and sharper steering geometry have combined with revised gearbox code and what feels like different throttle-mapping. The CD's quickness to upshift in search of economy and smoothness is replaced with a prediliction to hold gears in cornering and bang down rapidly on demand. Although there is no more power on paper although it feels like it's been given a tickle, it's much more on-tap; even in the confines of town, the fun-factor of carving intersecting street corners while sitting flat and composed has just gone up tenfold- in the right gear to kill understeer and light up the inside tyre in corners! It's so tossable it should have been a stunt-dwarf in 'The Hobbit'!

    Add the lower ride height and bigger rolling stock, it looks the part, too. To quote Darth Vader: "Impressive, most impressive".
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    Re: In the GMI Garage: 2013 Holden Barina CDX

    Sharp colour.

    So does this model retain the 1.8L?

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    Re: In the GMI Garage: 2013 Holden Barina CDX

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    Sharp colour.

    So does this model retain the 1.8L?
    Boracay Blue - similar colour to the old 'Voodoo/Stryker' Blue of the Commodore/G8.

    Ours don't get the 1.8 or the 1.4t. As Korean origin, they get the same 86Kw, n/a 113hp/114 lb ft 1.6 DOHC VVT mill as the Vauxhall/Opel Astra and versions of the Corsa. I'm hoping maybe when they fix the 1.8 flatspot, maybe they'll slot it in for the CDX.

    Having said that, the 1.6 is revvier - especially in this iteration. The main news here is the new content and handling revisions - which might be similar to the US RS package. Trades a little bit of compliance for much more feel and grip.

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    Re: In the GMI Garage: 2013 Holden Barina CDX

    Interesting... looking forward to seeing your mileage results as we don't have that engine on this side of the globe.

    Did you get access to the BringGo navigation app or the equivalent?

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    Re: In the GMI Garage: 2013 Holden Barina CDX

    Quote Originally Posted by BBDOS CV8 View Post
    Boracay Blue - similar colour to the old 'Voodoo/Stryker' Blue of the Commodore/G8.

    Ours don't get the 1.8 or the 1.4t. As Korean origin, they get the same 86Kw, n/a 113hp/114 lb ft 1.6 DOHC VVT mill as the Vauxhall/Opel Astra and versions of the Corsa. I'm hoping maybe when they fix the 1.8 flatspot, maybe they'll slot it in for the CDX.

    Having said that, the 1.6 is revvier - especially in this iteration. The main news here is the new content and handling revisions - which might be similar to the US RS package. Trades a little bit of compliance for much more feel and grip.
    funny, I'm wearing a Boracay Bay t shirt
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    Re: In the GMI Garage: 2013 Holden Barina CDX

    That blue car is looking very stylish and amazing.

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