Commodore still good to go the distance
FOR close on 40 years, the Holden Commodore, together with sibling Calais, were large sedans and station wagons capable of carting a family and its gear over long distances in comfort, while making good time.
So now, how does the Europeansourced, Australian-revised, replacement compare with the traditional Aussie-built icon?
What better way to find out than by taking a family trip from the Gold Coast to Sydney and back? We were blessed with a Commodore RS-V V6 AWD Liftback for our big trip. STYLING Approaching the vehicle from all angles, Commodore offers a range of restrained decorative treatments to the sleek, yet substantial, European sports body kit with rear lip spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, it’s much the same with softtouch surroundings, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel with paddles, alloy pedals, leather-appointed trim, heated sports front seats, ambient lighting and DAB+ digital radio. INFOTAINMENT Holden was an early adapter of in-car infotainment with its MyLink system. New Commodore has an 8-inch high-resolution colour touchscreen display.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection, plus full iPod integration, including Siri, have kept up with trends.
Even more so now with colour headup windscreen display and wireless smartphone charging via a centre console unit.
However, the embedded satellite navigation system is lagging behind information on the upgrading of the Pacific Highway. It kept giving us directions to turn left or right onto now superseded roads. With the arrow representing the Commodore on the screen, ploughing on through paddocks and bushland. Not a beast in sight… POWERTRAINS Based on the German made Opel Insignia, the new Holden Commodore comes to the Australian market in two- and all-wheel drive with petrol, turbo-petrol or diesel power.
Our test Commodore RS-V was powered by a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine mated with a new nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. SAFETY Auto emergency braking had the windscreen head-up display lighting up and beeping with a warning of another vehicle too close in front, while lane keeping assist gently corrected the steering on any sign of wandering.
WORLDLY: The new Holden Commodore, not surprisingly with its German origins, has taken on a more European look. on front page