Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

German Grunt to VXR; Holden Adds Some European Sophistication

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

German Grunt to VXR; Holden Adds Some European Sophistication

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Byline: Grant Edwards

What matters most

What we liked: Alluring and quality design, great Recaro seats and overall high-end dashboard, practical nature, respect-worthy AWD tech.

What we'd like to see: A bit more mongrel from the engine, love the wagon version they get in Europe

Warranty and servicing: Three-year/100,000km warranty. Lifetime capped price servicing, intervals every 15,000km or nine months. Average service cost is $241 for first five services.

Vital statistics

Model: Holden Insignia VXR.

Details: Four-door all-wheel drive mid-size sedan.

Engine: 2.8-litre V6 with twin-scroll turbocharger generating maximum power of 239kW@5250rpm and peak torque of 435Nm@5250rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed Active Select automatic with paddle shifters.

Consumption: 11.3-litres/100km.

CO2: 264g/km.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 6.5-seconds.

Bottom line (before on-roads): $51,990.

IT'S very easy to fall in love with a car while holding a delightful four-wheel drift on an expansive snowy playground.

This is New Zealand's Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground, Holden's choice to debut its intelligent all-wheel-drive Insignia VXR, and with my foot planted and opposite lock engaged, it all feels rather wonderful.

Sadly, few VXR buyers will get to explore Holden's latest Euro-import's adaptive AWD to such extremes, but there's more to this German-built sedan than icy power-sliding.

We received the VXR in Opel Insignia OPC guise back in 2013 before the brand's hasty exit, but this Holden badged version is the facelifted example, costing an appealing $8000 less than the Opel did.

And considering the kit, technology and performance offered, its $51,990 sticker doesn't look half bad.

Holden bigwigs say the VXR is here to bring more aspiration to the brand, and for those who like their Holdens with grunt to go with European sophistication, this is the new champion.


Driver and passenger slide into Recaro leather seats that feel snug and grippy, nice for daily or long-distance duties.

The mid-size sedan's dimensions help make it a good family hauler. …

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