Com­modore still good to go the dis­tance

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Motor Guide - By DEREK OG­DEN

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

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