VX STAR TUR­BOCHARGED ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SPORTS SEDAN

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAR GUIDE - Chris Ri­ley @IamChrisRi­ley MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 23, 2015

THIS car ap­pears to have flown un­der the radar.

Sev­eral peo­ple no­ticed the Holden badge and wanted to know what it was?

Big­ger than a Cruze but smaller than Com­modore, the all-wheel drive In­signia VXR is a Ger­man de­signed and built sports sedan.

Priced from $51,990, it was orig­i­nally launched with an Opel badge on the front and is in fact a re­place­ment model for the Vec­tra that was sold here a decade ago.

At 4.8 me­tres it’s larger than a Vec­tra but still sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than Com­modore, with a wheel­base that’s al­most 18cm shorter.

Wheel­base is the dis­tance be­tween axles and de­ter­mines the amount of rear legroom in a car and to a less ex­tent, the boot size.

Legroom in the back of In­signia isn’t great but if you don’t need a large car, it’s an at­trac­tive, fea­turepacked propo­si­tion, with plenty to of­fer in­clud­ing pre­mium sound, eight-inch dis­play screen, ad­justable damp­ing, adap­tive light­ing and blind spot alert.

It also sees the de­but for Holden of three new tech­nolo­gies – adap­tive cruise, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

The lat­ter will step in and do the job if a crash is im­mi­nent and you have not re­sponded quickly enough – it’s not guar­an­teed but it will prob­a­bly save costly rear enders.

NUTS AND BOLTS

WHAT goes around comes around.

If the words 2.8-litre tur­bocharged V6 sound fa­mil­iar, that’s be­cause they are.

This en­gine is a version of the unit that once pow­ered Saabs (re­mem­ber them), along with the all­wheel drive sys­tem that is also a lift.

In this case the turbo de­liv­ers a hefty 239kW of power and 435Nm of torque, the lat­ter from a low 2000 revs.

The en­gine is paired with a 6speed auto, com­plete with wheel­mounted change pad­dles.

WHAT YOU GET

HOLDEN de­scribes In­signia VXR is a “no holds barred” mid-size sports sedan that is as at home on track as on the open road.

It still has the old style front grille which is a plus as far as we’re con­cerned, with a cabin decked out to match its beefy looks.

There’s heated, power ad­just Re-

Back ... the Holden In­signia VXR.

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