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2018 Holden Commodore RS review

I bought the ZB RS Sportwagon to replace my 2012 Kluger SUV. I tested numerous vehicles of similar size, focusing on fuel economy, performance, comfort and "family" adaptability while essentially using it to commute my 40km each way to work in the country. I realised quickly that I don't actually need a SUV, even though they are marketed very heavily, and perhaps for no apparent reason...

2012 Holden Cruze SRI V review

Years ago we decided to buy ourselves a 2011 Holden Cruze SRi-V hatch that we came across when we were looking for a new car. As we already had a large car, we thought that a hatch would be perfect for us as long as there was room for all of us front and back. There was something about the Cruze that drew our attention...

2015 Holden Caprice V review

Let me start by saying, this car is a lot of fun, and I mean a lot of fun. Something the size of a Benz S-Class SWB shouldn't be as quick as it is (or a hoot in the corners as it is), and when it goes, it sounds angrier than a bag full of spanked cats. You could spend all your Sundays chasing cafe owners on Ducatis down mountain ranges in a Caprice V and be in their mirrors all the way laughing out loud...

2017 Holden Commodore SV6 review

No, it doesn’t have a 6.2 litre LS3. Nor does it have multiple suspension settings, or a bi-modal exhaust system. No, it hasn’t got quad exhausts either and only the V8 gets the FE3 suspension. So then, what makes the 2017 VFII SV6 the best seller in the range? For one, the SV6 shares (from what I can detect) all but one body panel from its V8 brother, that being the lack of a ventilated bonnet...

2000 Holden Berlina V8 review

After being in lock down for weeks and testing positive for cabin fever, I could not take avoiding ‘corona’ any longer. I figured it was time to go viral and spread some mental baggage about my all-time favourite ride. As a serial automotive polygamist, I’ve always bought, enjoyed and sold one or more cars to make room for others… a rinse and repeat that has spanned over thirty years of my life...

1995 Holden Statesman V6 review

I love the name Statesman. Most Australians have heard of a Holden Statesman. It doesn't quite have the same bogan connotations as the Commodore name, and most people I've encountered are quite nostalgic about it. In the '90s you'd buy a Merc if you'd properly "made it." If you were nearly there you'd get a Statesman or Fairlane...

2004 Holden Commodore Acclaim review

I have had my trusty 2004 Commodore Acclaim as my A-to-B driver, in factory blue, since April 2005. When buying, my 2004 VZ Commodore had less then less 20000km on the clock, and was advertised as a new car, drive away, no more to pay, all for $22,000. I used to drive my car down to the car wash and have her washed and waxed at the end of a long week, after traveling over 1000km that week (and that was just with work)...

2016 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline Sportwagon review

It’s been almost 3 years since GM pulled the pin on Holden’s local manufacturing operations. Combined with similar closures of Mitsubishi, Ford and Toyota, it was the final nail in the coffin for Australian automotive manufacturing and a massive blow that is still being felt today. You’d be forgiven for thinking that news on that scale was enough for one decade, but a lot has happened since then...

2020 Holden Astra R review

Holden's 2020 Astra R - the last of its kind - surprises in many ways, and provides plenty of value for those in the market for a budget hatchback. Concerns over the longevity of support for these vehicles will undoubtedly rank front and centre for buyers of this car, but there will always be some kind of sacrifice at this price-point...

2018 Holden Commodore LT review

I own this Commodore sedan and it is by far and away the best car I have purchased. I bought it in April 2019 from Patterson Cheney Holden in Vermont, Victoria. The 4-cylinder petrol turbo is absolutely brilliant in every respect. With a stunning 191kW and 350Nm of torque, it has scintillating acceleration and pace - eager, eager, eager...

2019 Holden Commodore LT review

As an entry level model, the Commodore LT Sportwagon represents very good value. Its best feature is that it's a driver's car; it has more than enough power, excellent handling, good steering feel and good brakes. It's a fun car to drive, which is something I couldn't say that about an SUV...