It's time to farewell the Aussie Holden Commodore
Slowly and very skeptically, people are starting to embrace the new 'German' Holden Commodore, so I thought this would be a fitting time to write a farewell to the old Commodore. Here it goes-
I'll be honest with you, I never liked the Commodore. I didn't like it's looks and more so, I didn't like it's brutish image. Then 5 years ago, I moved to New Zealand. The Commodore started to grow on me and slowly but surely my opinion was changing but I still wasn't convinced. Eight months ago, I got a part-time job working at a rental car company and from then on, my opinion has been flipped upside down!
Desert storm orange is the name of the colour or something along those lines.
The Holden Commodore SV6 VF Series 2 or Commodore for short is not a perfect car by any means but it is a brilliant drivers car and isn't that what we look for in our cars? That is why I am so sad to see it go because this time, there won't be a new crazy Australian sedan to replace it but instead we've got some German sensibility. The Commodore has grown from a rugged Aussie bogan to a refined German businessperson. It has matured in other words and normally that is seen to be a good thing but in this case, I'm not entirely sure that it is.
We will start on the outside and work our way through to the core of the car which is the driving experience so stay tuned!
One cannot deny the the Commodore looks rather aggressive for a large executive sedan. It has muscular wheels arches and a long bonnet which hide the monstrous 3.6L V heart of this beast. The character of the car clearly shows through and that makes me smile. In age where people lead fake lives on social media, this car is refreshingly honest! It is also available as a sedan or as a station wagon.
The interior is rather disappointing when you consider the price you are paying for the car. But then that's missing the point of the Commodore, it isn't an upmarket luxury sedan. The seats are semi-leather which makes it feel sort of cheap but they do hug you well. There is plenty of headroom, legroom and just space in general even for the tallest of people! The interior doesn't feel well that put together so naturally some of the plastics feel cheap. There is a lot of fake carbon fibre around the cabin which doesn't help its cause. However, you do get a very reassuring 'thunk' when you shut the doors! The steering wheel feels very sporty and the gauge cluster is very racy looking as well. Essentially, the car is happy to oblige every time you put your foot down.
What's better than one Commodore SV6? Two of course!
That's all well and good but what's it like to drive?
If there was one word I could use to answer that question, it would be sensational. Hands down, it is the best car that I have ever driven in terms of the way it feels. The power from that spectacular 3.6L V6 is just intoxicating. The engine is in the front and the power is sent to the rear but the car doesn't have an overdose of power so every time you put your foot down, you don't end up making 11ses on the road! The exhaust note reminds me of a lions roar. Driving the car is an uplifting experience. Normally, I always listen to music while driving but when I'm in the Commodore I simply roll the windows down and let the exhaust note serenade my ears.
Firstly, the door mirrors are way too small for a car of this size and the build quality doesn't feel up to the mark for a car of this price. The fake carbon fibre around the cabin also looks quite cheap.
Fake carbon fibre alert!
I'm just nit picking if I'm honest, the way the car drives makes up for every other shortfall. That is why I am so sad to see this car go because I know the Germans would have corrected all these flaws and then the car really won't be a proper Aussie Commodore anymore. As James May once said of the Germans, "they've overdone it" and that is my biggest fear regarding the next gen of the Commodore!
looks aggressive, Drives brilliantly and the interior feels a bit cheap. The perfect recipe for a great drivers car.
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Words and pictures by Matthew D'souza. Article was first published on the 13th of July, 2018.