Tony O'Kane | Jul 3, 2012 | 4 Comments


Large sedan
$39,990 (before on-roads)
3.0 litre petrol V6 / 6sp auto
190kW / 290Nm
Fuel consumption claimed:
9.1 l/100km
10.5 l/100km
ANCAP rating:

The Commodore Omega, at a sub-$40k mark, packs a lot of car in behind that money.

The Omega has plenty of room for five, a supple suspension than can cope with even the lumpiest country backroad, a capacious boot and a vastly improved 3.0 litre V6 with improved fuel economy.

Holden has dragged the chain on the VE's interior. Trim quality niggles commented upon in earlier reviews remain unaddressed.


It's a big car, the Commodore, and has no trouble seating three regular-sized adults across the rear bench (although legroom for the centre passenger is cramped by the transmission tunnel).

The front seats are also spacious, the adjustable lumbar support is a welcome feature, and headroom is generous. Holden's iQ infotainment/audio system is also excellent.

Boot space is a generous 496 litres, there is also a generous glovebox and storage for nick-nacks, bottles and cups.

The front seats could do with a little more lateral support in the backrest. Some of the interior trim plastics are also sub-par in today's market.

The rear seatbacks are fixed in place and only the centre section folds down to permit the loading of long, thinner objects.

On The Road

A range of tuning refinements have helped Holden eke more fuel economy from the Omega's 3.0 litre V6.

It's got ample power to get the hefty Commodore moving without fuss. It doesn't have the urgency of the 3.6 litre V6 that's available further up the Commodore range, but it doesn't feel overtasked either.

The brakes feel good, with a reactive pedal and consistent pressure. At 1700-odd kilos the Commodore is a heavy machine, and stopping distances reflect this.

The ride is supple and comfortable with good on-road feel: ideal for country touring. It's good around town as well; untroubled by rippled tarmac and level crossings.

Our as-tested fuel-consumption figure of 10.5 l/100km came nowhere close to the listed claim of 8.9 l/100km.

The Commodore's weight and dimensions is apparent on tight winding roads and manoeuvring around car-parks


Six airbags (front, front side and full-length curtain), three-point seatbelts, ABS, EBD, stability control and traction control are all standard.

5-Star ANCAP safety rating.


Buy a Commodore Omega and you get a big strong capable car, but it lacks some sophistication.

Yes, the engine is adequately powerful and yes, it has a comfortable suspension. However its interior falls short of its competitors for quality and feel.

But don't overlook the Commodore, few cars offer the robust suspension and big car ride-comfort it provides.

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