There’s hope for Com­modore four

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Carsguide Confidential - Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

A CAR com­pany would be in­sol­vent in 24 hours if it were run by a mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist, so I make this next ob­ser­va­tion cau­tiously. I think Holden might have im­ported the wrong model from the In­signia line-up to warm us to the Com­modore of the fu­ture.

It’s not for­mally con­firmed but it’s widely ex­pected the next gen­er­a­tion Opel In­signia will wear a Holden Com­modore badge lo­cally.

That’s one of the rea­sons for Holden’s rein­tro­duc­tion of the top-of-the-range In­signia VXR, sold here briefly as an Opel a cou­ple of years ago. It’s mar­keted as a per­for­mance model. As we re­ported last month, the In­signia VXR’s turbo V6 doesn’t hold a can­dle to a Com­modore V8 for the same or less money.

But hav­ing just driven across Ger­many in one of Opel’s cheap­est In­signia mod­els, I think Holden has the wrong one. For starters there was the fuel econ­omy: I got a real world av­er­age of 8.9L/100km de­spite much of the driv­ing done in ex­cess of 200km/h on speed-un­lim­ited au­to­bahns.

The en­gine was more re­spon­sive than a Com­modore’s V6 from low revs, and at high speed the car was as sure-footed and sta­ble as most cars at half that ve­loc­ity.

But the big­gest sur­prise was the gem of an en­gine I had un­der the bon­net — a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylin­der.

On my reck­on­ing, this In­signia, a wagon, would cost about $35,000 in Aus­tralia, and be more than a fair ri­val to Mazda6, Subaru Lib­erty and Ford Mon­deo haulers.

If this is a sign of things to come, can we have this one here early please, Holden? There would be hope for a four­cylin­der Com­modore yet.

Holden In­signia VXR

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