Do you remember the dire days when sales reps sweated their tits off getting in and out of horrible manual, rubbed matted pus-boxes? It seems so long ago now and base model cars have come so far. No longer do you option the radio and heater just to get a bit of basic comfort.


We had a Commodore Omega to cast our eyes over this week. It looks the same as the more expensive sports models, so it has Commodore good looks with a frugal, economy size motor. But because it has a smart set of alloy wheels, and Holden’s IQ system, you be hard pressed to know which model you’re looking at. It’s only the badge and the slightly pov upholstery which gives the game away. Check our other Commodore reviews for a closer look at IQ. It’s Holden’s amazingly simple and easy to use Infotainment system which includes Media Streaming, Bluetooth and vehicle programming.

The cabin is spacious and light because you’re not trying to pretend a little car is a big car. The Europeans have an odd idea of what a full sized car is. Ford’s Mondeo is considered the family car in the UK. Now I realise most  of us don’t have families, but I regularly have 3 or 4 beefy boys on board and only Caprice gives more room for under $80,000. To get the same thing from a BMW you would need the 5 series starting in the mid $90’s so more than double the price (both sedans are  4899mm long).

Of course there is no question the 5 series has more stuff in it and drives better and is more comfy, but you could buy 2 and a half Omegas for  the price of a single bottom rung 5 series. In a way Commodores simplicity is its success. Holden have been clever with design that has resonated with the Aussie buying public and Commodore remains Holden’s top selling car and indeed Australia’s top selling car. Ford made the terrible bungle with the hideous AU Falcon which was ugly beyond belief and something Ford has never recovered from.



I’ve never liked the Omega  moniker. With the Calais not being marketed as a Commodore and the  rest of the range having cool sporty names like SS, SSV, SV6, Omega seems like the child  no one wanted. Unlike base models of the past, a well  dressed man wouldn’t be ashamed of being seen in an Omega. The Commodore has quite a masculine shape and looks mean and slightly aggressive stance because  of those big bulging wheel arches and a rear end that looks hunkered down ready to pounce.

There are obvious differences  behind the wheel because  the smaller engine lacks’ some of the power of  the 3.6 unit but it’s not a slouch by  an means. There is a handy 190 kw on tap for  the heavy footed amongst us.Holden claims a rather hopeful 9.1L/100k but our around town figures were much higher even with the lightest of driving styles. We got more  like 14 or 15.

The other thing we noticed was the steering was not quite as sharp as the SV6 and SSV. I put this down to wheels and tyres because as far as I  know the  setup is the same  more or less. You still get handling that’s pretty good for a reps hack runabout.

Personally I prefer the 3.6L in the SSV6 and it’s a shame it isn’t offered as an option. And basic doesn’t mean the safety bits have been left off to save money. You have stability control and an array of airbags The full Commodore  reviews can be seen here.If you don’t care about trim, better seats, a better stereo and nicer wheels, then there is little reason to pay more. You could use the money to buy some nicer clothes, or a holiday, or maybe a diamond ring? You don’t have to give up  all of your gorgeous things just to have a company car.

We have two mini reviews this week, Omega and Omega Ute with LPG so stayed tuned.


Engine Specifications

3.0L 60-degree Double Overhead Cam V6 with 4 valves per cylinder. Twin knock control sensors with individual cylinder adaptive control. On-board diagnostics. Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI)

Capacity (cc)



190kW @ 6700rpm (ECE, kW)

Maximum figures as per ECE regulations


290Nm @ 2900rpm (ECE, Nm)

Maximum figures as per ECE regulations


6-speed auto with Active Select

Fuel economy (L/100km)


Fuel economy based on ADR 81/02 testing for combined urban/extra urban driving. These figures are provided to assist you in comparing the fuel consumption of this vehicle with other vehicles. Fuel consumption depends on factors such as traffic conditions, vehicle condition, vehicle load and your driving style.


216 g/km

Greenhouse Rating

Green Rating 6

Figures sourced from

Green Vehicle Guide Star Rating

4 GVG STAR rating

Figures sourced from

Recommended fuel

E10, E85, ULP or PULP

Fuel tank capacity (L)



Four wheel disc. Ventilated discs – front and rear. Twin piston alloy front caliper, single piston alloy rear caliper

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Towing capacity (kg)

Maximum towing with automatic transmission: 1600. Holden approved 1200 and 1600 towing equipment is available. See your Holden Dealer for details.


The complimentary inspection is due at 3,000km or 3 months (whichever occurs first). The first service is due at 15,000km or 12 months (whichever occurs first) and then every 15,000km or 12 months (whichever occurs first) since the last service. Additional services may be required under certain driving conditions such as when towing (refer to owner’s handbook).