Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Low Seller Now a Good Buy

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Low Seller Now a Good Buy

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Byline: EWAN KENNEDY

HOLDEN'S medium-large Epica wasn't a sales success during its time on the new car market that began in March 2007 and quietly fizzled away in February last year. The Epica was relatively expensive and the subject of an odd advertising campaign that barely showed the car at all.

Being a sedan in a market segment that favours hatchbacks may have been another reason for slow sales.

Its South Korean heritage didn't do it any favours either, though there was some Holden input in the design and mechanical setup.

The result is poor resale value that makes the Holden Epica a real bargain on the used car front.

There's a chance the success of the Holden Cruze a which also has South Korean input but is made in Australia and carries a fair bit of local design a may significantly slow the decline in Epica's value, making it even better value as a second-hand car. No promises, though...

The biggest feature of the Holden Epica is its straight-six petrol engine in a class that's totally dominated by four-cylinders. The sixes come with capacities of 2.0 and 2.5 litres. The former is offered only with a five-speed manual gearbox, the latter with an automatic transmission, also with five ratios. The six-cylinder engines are both delightfully smooth and give Epica an air of refinement. Performance is good without being outstanding as these are relatively small engines in a largish car.

A slow seller, the 2.0-litre engine model was pulled from the Australian market in mid-2008.

A turbo-diesel engine arrived in July that year, this time with just four cylinders and a capacity of 2.0 litres, but with the advantage of a six-speed automatic transmission compared with the five-speed in the petrol autos. It has way too much turbo lag but once that has finally passed the Epica diesel has strong torque that works well when climbing hills with a load.

Epica has a good steering feel on the road, due to some Aussie design input in the suspension and steering. …

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