GOOD, NOT GREAT

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The Holden ZB Com­modore (‘Wel­come to Straya’, Fe­bru­ary) sounds like a very good car, but not a great one.

Your com­pre­hen­sive road test did not elicit one thought of “wow” as I read it. Com­pe­tency was the over-rid­ing vibe. In my view the en­gine line-up is, as has al­ways been the case with lo­cal prod­uct, a gen­er­a­tion be­hind. The six should have been a 3.0-litre turbo. The 2.0-litre en­gines should have gone twin turbo. I mean, it’s a big car, and Com­modore driv­ers like a bit of oomph. 0-100km/h in any­thing over 7.0 sec­onds to­day is just plain slow.

So it ap­pears to me to be an ad­e­quate car, but not one for the as­pi­ra­tional new-car buyer in this price range. Yes, it’s a Ger­man car, at least for now, but for that money I’d be look­ing at a Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat, or even a VW Golf GTI, or an Audi of some kind. I sus­pect the Kore­ans will be the big win­ners in the full­ness of time.

I be­lieve that this is the Com­modore that will al­low fans of the brand the ex­cuse to fi­nally let go and look else­where. Per­son­ally, I hope the car suc­ceeds, but I re­ally can’t find enough rea­sons why it should. Peter Steele, Bris­bane, Qld

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