New-gen multimedia set-up a huge leap over VFII’S ageing system, and betterintegrated into the dash design. Padded upper section features faux stitching for a leather-look effect, and while it’s all rather pleasant, the ZB retains an Astralike feel. Coloured trim options will help.
In Germanic fashion, front seats can be ‘dumped on their guts’ (via a crankhandle height adjuster in Commodore and Calais, and electric movement in high-grade models), which is great for tall folk. Thickly padded headrests adjust fore-aft but they’re not very soft.
There’s definitely a greater perception of technology in this $ 40K-ish Calais, though storage appears a bit hit-andmiss. Door pull is simply a large hole ( VFII’S can house a wallet or cigarettes) while little section in front of gearlever would see a smartphone rattle around.
Rear bench essentially shaped for two, though there’s legroom aplenty and forward vision over the front seats is expansive. The liftback-sedan’s coupeesque shape intrudes on rear headroom a little, but then there’s always the wagon’s extended roofline if that’s an issue.