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2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review

There was a time when the Holden Caprice and Ford LTD were both the poshest forms of transport on the block. In fact, I remember one time when my best friend’s dad brought home a VSII Caprice with a 5.0-litre V8 — I’d assumed they had hit the jackpot.

Leap forward to today and the Statesman name has been axed and the LPG V6 dropped in favour of a single specification and engine offering. Now, the Holden Caprice V is the only long-wheelbase Holden on the market and is powered by the mighty 6.2-litre V8 LS3 engine.

At 5160mm it’s longer than a Toyota LandCruiser and is the emergency exit row of the Aussie automotive world. Aside from now using two single exhaust outlets, a new bootlip spoiler and new 19-inch alloy wheels, the exterior of the revised Caprice V remains unchanged.

Likewise, the price remains unchanged at $60,490 (plus on roads), making it one of the most affordable luxury sedans on the market. It’s only nipped by the Hyundai Genesis, which is priced at $60,000, though that car sits almost 200mm shorter than the locally grown Caprice V.

The familiar design features chrome highlights at the front, rear and sides, along with high-intensity discharge headlights with washers. It also still proudly carries the signature wreath-wrapped Holden badge that has adorned the front end of the Statesman and Caprice for years.

2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review

Inside the cabin, the Caprice V uses the elegant interior from the VF Commodore range. Chrome highlights and suede-esque materials wrap around the dashboard, while a generous centre console and large eight-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system are visual draw cards.

The leather seats feature the same suede-esque material striped along them, in addition to an eight-way power adjustment for the driver and front passenger, including an easy-exit feature that slides the seat backward on exit.

Rear seat passengers arguably have the best deal, with absolute masses of leg, head and shoulder room. There is enough room for a tall adult to stretch their feet out and sink into the seat. Entry and egress is also easy too thanks to wide opening doors — it’s little surprise that the Prime Minister’s official transport was the Caprice for over a decade.

Cargo capacity is rated at an impressive 535 litres, making it big enough to carry a considerable amount of luggage. Unfortunately, like the Commodore, the second row doesn’t fold to allow access to the boot. The only opening is a small ski port.

There’s barely a missed feature on the Caprice V. It comes with an impressive nine-speaker Bose sound system that features auxiliary input, Bluetooth audio streaming and Pandora and Stitcher connectivity. The sound system is great and befitting of a vehicle in this segment.

2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review

Rear seat passengers also get two embedded DVD screens that mate with wireless headphones to allow movies to play. The main infotainment screen can also play movies while the car is stationary.

Other standard features include: remote vehicle start; proximity key entry and start; satellite navigation; voice recognition; a reversing camera; front and rear parking sensors; forward collision alert; a heads up display; lane departure warning; blind spot alert; reverse traffic alert; cruise control; automatic headlights and wipers; semi-automatic parking; dual-zone climate control; sunroof and six airbags.

Weighing a little over 1800kg, the Caprice V is no lightweight. Its 3009mm wheelbase also makes the rear feel like a moving counterweight at times. But, it’s only noticeable when pushing the Caprice V closer to its limits — something owners would rarely ever want to or need to do.

The 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine produces an impressive 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque. It’s mated to the Caprice V’s six-speed automatic transmission and uses a combined 12.9L/100km – around 10 per cent, or 1.2L/100km more than the outgoing 6.0-litre V8 engine.

While it may seem like a lot, the added pep in its step is well worth the extra fuel use. The Caprice V now feels energetic and responsive off the line and manages to keep piling on speed at the times the old car would begin tapering off.

2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review

The LS3 works well with the six-speed automatic to deliver low-end torque without having to hunt through gears. It also delivers a sonorous engine note to match. But, it does miss out on the bi-modal exhaust system and interior noise enhancer fitted to the V8 Commodore sedan range.

If you ever wanted to attack the racetrack in the Caprice V, it can be optioned with a performance brake option, which delivers larger diameter rotors for just $350. It also comes with a limited-slip differential as standard, which is pretty cool.

An electrically assisted steering rack is perfectly weighted and makes the Caprice V fun to drive. The steering rack offers plenty of feel and feedback through the wheel. But, it’s let down by a spongy brake pedal that doesn’t offer enough communication.

The ride errs on the side of sporty, which is partly thanks to the standard 19-inch alloy wheels and lower 40 profile rubber that measures 245mm wide on all four corners.

The sportiness of the ride can be a little too firm at times, especially when hitting sharp bumps and potholes. The longer wheelbase means that it really needs a firmer setup to help it settle following continuous bumps and undulations, which would regularly cause a car this size to wallow.

After spending a week with the Caprice V and covering almost over 500km, I was really impressed with how it held up and how fun it was to drive. It’s a testament to Australian engineering and is proof that we have the goods to take it to the world stage.

2016 Holden Caprice V Review
2016 Holden Caprice V Review

The 2016 Holden Caprice V will go down in history as one of the best bang for your buck big cars we’re ever likely to see. If you are still in the market for a big car that can tow up to 2100kg with a braked trailer, look no further.

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Holden Caprice Specs

V : WN MY16 : 6.2L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 6 SP AUTO ACTIVE SEQ - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
HOLDEN
Model
CAPRICE
Variant
V
Series
WN MY16
Year
2016
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Pricing
New Price
$60,490 MRLP
Private Sale
$53,680 - $61,000
Dealer Retail
$51,890 - $61,710
Dealer Trade
$41,200 - $48,800
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
6.2L
Cylinders
V8
Max. Torque
570Nm @  4400rpm
Max. Power
304kW @  5700rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
157.7W/kg
Bore & Stroke
103.1x91.95mm
Compression Ratio
10.4
Valve Gear
OVERHEAD VALVE
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTO ACTIVE SEQ
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
2.92
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
73Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
12.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1928
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1480mm
Length
5160mm
Width
1899mm
Ground Clearance
110mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2100  Unbrake:1000
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.6
Front Rim Size
8.5x19
Rear Rim Size
8.5x19
Front Tyres
245/40 R19
Rear Tyres
245/40 R19
Wheel Base
3009
Front Track
1602
Rear Track
1618
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Anti roll bar, Hydraulic shock absorber
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Anti roll bar, Hydraulic shock absorber
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Con + Climate Control Multi Zone, Power front seats
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Sports Suspension, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Head Up Display, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation, Trip Computer, Voice Recognition System
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio Compact Disc Player, Sound System with 11 Speakers, Premium Sound System
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Metallic Paint, Power Mirrors, Remote Boot/Hatch Release, Rear Spoiler, Xenon Headlights
Interior
Centre Console Box - Multi-purpose, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Front Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Power Sunroof
Engine & Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
Other
Service Interval
9 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Pass Side Windscreen
Country of Origin
Australia