2012 Holden Commodore Omega Series II Short Review

Tony O'Kane | 4 Comments

Overview

Type:
Large sedan
Price:
$39,990 (before on-roads)
Engine:
3.0 litre petrol V6 / 6sp auto
Power:
190kW / 290Nm
Fuel consumption claimed:
9.1 l/100km
Tested:
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.

Interior

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

Safety

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.

Verdict

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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  • Poisson says,
    2 years ago
    5 likes
    > has no trouble seating five regular-sized adults across the rear bench

    That must be some bench!
    • Smart us says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      as a punishment you sit on a bench for whole ride, donkey... and yes we are not there yet mad
  • Guest says,
    2 years ago
    Commodore is definitely need a completely changeover for the interior.
  • Johnno says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    We hired a VE V6 Statesman from Sydney airport 4 1/2 years ago. It got driven by a lead foot driver around town for about 150 km. Then I drove as gently and as economically as I could towards jindabyne. At the last town before Jindabyne we topped up the tank. The computer, said we had averaged 8.23 litres / 100 km . This was confirmed by a few sums with pencil and paper. I have talked with people in rural areas who only do highway driving, and they are saying , with very careful, gentle driving, they will return about 6.5 litres/ 100 km highway. With that style of driving, your v6 should last a lifetime. Good work, lads.
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