Kabine rev­o­lu­tion

Wheels (Australia) - - Headtoheaod -

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.

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