2018 commodore Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price
- Car Reviews,
- Jun 06, 2020
The Holden brand is remarkably close to the hearts of people here in Australia, and their locally made vehicles have been well received in the country. The Holden Commodore specifically means a lot to Australians, which has come to be associated with powerful engines, rear-wheel drive, and Australian manufacturing.
Given the success of the previous Commodore models, General Motors Australia and Holden decided to make a new generation of the Commodore, which would be better and bigger than before. The decision was to build the vehicle which would be not like the previous VF and VE versions. The result was the Commodore 2018, which was sold in the European market as the Opel Insignia, and as Buick Regal in the Chinese and USA market.
To make the model different and for various other reasons that were justified by Holden, the new Commodore is not available with a V8 engine, nor does it come with a rear-wheel drive. This accounted for the difference in sales between the V8 and V6 variants previously. Instead, the new version comes with a V6 engine for a sporty model to resonate with the Australian market specifically. Now that we can make sense of the reasoning behind the deviation from the previous Commodores, we hope that it removes any ill feelings towards Holden Motor Company for removing some of the favorite features that have come to be associated with the Commodore. Read on for a full Holden 18 Commodore review.
Holden Commodore 2018 Specifications
The Holden Commodore comes in multiple variants, each with different specifications and boasting price tags as per their features. The base model, introduced as the Commodore LT, supports a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine, that outputs a sweet 191 kW of power and a torque of 350 Nm. The diesel variant of the LT comes with the same 2.0-liter turbo engine and slightly differs with a power output of 125 kW and an increased torque of 400 Nm.
This may be the base model, but still gets plenty of features and gears. Some standard features include keyless entry with push-button start, a rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, and a rear-view camera. The vehicle is fitted with Holden’s standard nine-speed automatic transmission, semi-automatic parking, and automatic headlights. Safety features are also worth mentioning here since Holden takes the safety of the drivers profoundly seriously. Standard features include lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, and forward-collision warning.
The LT Commodore price starts from a decent AUD 34,000 and the next model in the range is the Holden Commodore RS, with an added $10,000. The RS variant gets 18-inch alloy wheels, improved sports front seats, and a beautiful body kit. Other additional features include a sports leather steering wheel, a rear spoiler, and blind-spot monitoring.
Next in the range is the RS-V with a V6 engine and an adaptive four-wheel drive for a smooth and comfortable ride. It also features a sophisticated hi-per strut suspension that is absent in the previous versions. The features include an 8.0-inch screen with navigation and stereo to go with it, heated leather seats, and a sport steering wheel are part of the package.
Moving on, the more luxurious variants, the Calais and Calais-V are available. The Calais supports a 2.0-liter turbo guise engine, available in both petrol and diesel. It incorporates all the features that are found in the RS-V version, with an added 4.2-inch in the instrument cluster for the driver, and a wireless phone. The Calais-V is a notch above, featuring 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, heated seats and a 360-degree surround camera system.
Topping the range with the best overall features is the Holden Commodore VXR, which comes loaded with a V6 engine, outputting a hefty 235 kW of power and 381 Nm in torque. It comes in all wheel drive, 20-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, and adaptive dampers. The interior is luxurious with leather heated sports seats, and branded floor mats.
Holden Commodore 2018 Features
Starting from the interior, let us discuss the comfort and space that the Commodore has to offer. The head and shoulder room may not be much, but there is plenty of knee room which gives the feeling of comfort and space. The material used in the cabin throughout has a rich and prestigious feeling, with finishing that is excellent.
Known for its innovation and stark believers in technology, Holden has taken care to include some of the most recent features in the Commodore. Throughout the range, you will find features like heated and ventilated seats with massage options, Autonomous emergency braking, 360-degree camera, pedestrian detection, and so on.
Another interesting feature that is superb in its functionality is the matrix LED headlights. These headlights come with 32 LED modules, working in a way to illuminate your path. You cannot miss out on the latest infotainment that is included in the Commodore, along with the wireless mobile charging and voice recognition system.
Holden Commodore 18 Review
This is not your average masculine looking car, in fact, this is a car with slimmer and delicate features and overall elegant look. That can be attributed to the classy bumper and the lip spoiler in some of the variants.
The cabin is well built with a great driving position giving an excellent view of the road. There are plenty of storage spaces and gadgets available to the driver, with some of the latest technology well within the grasp of the driver. Four adults can be seated comfortably with plenty of legroom, even for long trips. The heated and massaging seats are worth mentioning as well.
The 2.0-liter is a real treasure, producing an effortless torque and outputting power that can help you manage those quick overtakes. The all-wheel-drive consists of clever technology and helps with traction in every kind of road condition, no matter how rough the terrain, making the overall experience fun.