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Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - SPECIAL EDITIONS -

I am the proud owner of two VF Com­modores. I love the cars and re­ally dev­as­tated that their run is com­ing to an end. So now think­ing what

will re­place them with. hate SUVs, 4WDs pick-ups. I want a sedan but I have be able to pull 1900kg trailer and

can’t find any cur­rent that do that. VW’s Pas­sat and the Skoda Su­perb will pull

weight their max­i­mum tow ball is 90kg, well be­low 190kg I need. Is there any­thing else out that you can think of

will do the job for me? Maybe Holden re-en­gi­neer

new In­signia to job. And why Euro­peans have such low tow ball lim­its any­way? Alan Ward You’re caught be­tween a rock and a very hard place. Most Com­modore buy­ers are grav­i­tat­ing to SUVs and/or pick-ups for tow­ing. The Euro­peans tend not to tow the types of loads we do — car­a­vans and trail­ers are smaller help ne­go­ti­ate their nar­row back roads. Your op­tions se­ri­ously re­stricted if you want a con­ven­tional pas­sen­ger car. Redis­tribut­ing the load can help with tow ball weight you’re tow­ing car­a­van; it’s boat then there isn’t much wrig­gle room.

CHOICES

Subaru Lib­erty 3.6R, from $42,740 The all-wheel drive sedan with an 1800kg tow­ing ca­pac­ity and 180kg tow ball weight is just un­der what you need but ab­so­lutely the best of the cur­rent crop. Lib­erty comes a safety suite Com­modore can’t match. The down­side is there’s less room in rear. Per­for­mance is com­pa­ra­ble to the six-cylin­der Com­modore, though claimed com­bined fuel

WILD­CARD

Toy­ota For­tuner, from $47,990 The For­tuner is a com­pro­mise but it one you’ll likely have to deal with in the near fu­ture. The styling more high-rid­ing wagon than Prado-styled SUV. With op­tional au­to­matic fit­ted it can tow 2800kg (3000kg man­ual) so it shouldn’t have much of an is­sue

with your load. Be­ing a diesel, the fuel con­sump­tion is 7.8L/100km and Toy­ota’s capped price servicing as com­pet­i­tive pric­ing.

VER­DICT

Get a cur­rent Com­modore. If you’re happy with the VFs in the drive, there’s no good rea­son to swap over to an­other brand. En­joy lack of com­pro­mise while you can.

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