Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Old Dog Has Bite; Its Days Are Numbered but Aussie Sedan Remains a Smooth Highway Cruiser

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Old Dog Has Bite; Its Days Are Numbered but Aussie Sedan Remains a Smooth Highway Cruiser

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Byline: Grant Edwards

OUR latest driving experience was akin to visiting an old friend in the nursing home.

We were behind the wheel of one of the latest V8-powered Holden Commodores. While proudly Australian made, its days are numbered.

Fast forward to 2017, Australian manufacturing will end for Holden. Ford would have already pulled the pin, and Toyota will be following close behind.

The Commodore will live on even after the Elizabeth plant closes, but it will have a distinctly global feel. Its underpinnings wil come from within the General Motors stable - and most likely front-wheel drive.

Yet our experience within the SSV was bittersweet. Holden has produced a great car in the VF, and there are so many reasons it remains an excellent option for Australians all over our brown land ... even the V8 which has been cast aside by so many as redundant technology.

Comfort

When first launched, the VB Commodore was a mid-size offering. Yet over the decades it graduated into the large genre, and remains a sizeable sedan.

Many a car trip has been made by the trusty Commodore and five adults can enjoy a long journey within roomy confines.

Fitting three across the rear bench seat can be achieved with minimal hip bumping, courtesy of excellent head, shoulder and leg room. Only the centre passenger has an impeded footwell due to the transmission tunnel.

Leather trimmed pews, suede and carbon-like materials across the dash create an inviting atmosphere.

The 20.3cm colour touch-screen is a little gaudy for some tastes, especially when compared to the more slimline system we've seen in the Trax and Colorado, but all the operations are easy to find and use.

From the pilot's position the pair of analogue gauges separated by a small colour screen are simple to read, although our preference is for the large digital speedometer for easier reference.

There are two excellent-sized cup-holders in the console, also able to cope with larger size drink bottles, with some excellent storage options near the shifter perfect for phones.

On the road

This is a bent-eight with class. Massage the start button and it fires a burble from the eight-potter, although it's more a deep growl than a shout. …

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