For the full Commodore Review, See HERE

We drove the Commodore range including Calais, Commodore and VXR, and we liked it.

Instruments and inclusions:

  • Radar cruise control
  • Autonomous emergency braking, collision wanring
  • Side impact avoidance
  • Dual climate control
  • Front or AWD
  • 4 and 6 cylinder turbo petrol, and 4 cylinder turbo diesel
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • 17″ alloy wheels (commodore)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Push-button ignition
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • LED Taillights
  • LED Matrix headlights
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Massaging driver’s seat
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • 20″ alloy wheels (Calais)
  • 360 degree camera
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control

LED Matrix headlights are a joy to use. They light road signs at least 500m ahead and dip individual cells when other traffic is detected. It leaves as much of the road ahead in high beam as possible while ensuring traffic isn’t dazzled.

Radar Cruise control has a cue function which can be set to deal with stop start traffic. The driver steers leaving the car to sort out the braking and acceleration. You be surprised at how much tension that can remove from a commute.

Calais and VXR have similar top-trim levels with the Commodore range being split in to “luxury” and “sport”. For more details see our full review and for our drive, see our Video review.

We rated the range highly mainly for the way it drives. The cabin didn’t feel quite as luxurious as we would have liked for a car costing almost 60 grand. None the less, Commodore has a full suite of gizmos we liked and found easy to use.

Below are the Calais details.

  • Engine:5 litre V6, 235kW/381Nm
  • Transmissions:
  • Nine-speed auto (petrol engines),
  • eight-speed auto (diesel)
  • Safety: Five stars
  • Warranty: 5yrs/unlimited km
  • Origin: Germany
  • Price: Commodore range $35,990 to $56,878 drive away NSW