It’s always difficult to figure out the size of rental car you need for the next vacation or holiday in Australia or abroad. YouDrive aims to help you figure out which rental car models to choose by showing you the nearest match to your selected rental car class. This Holden VF Commodore rental car review focuses on vehicles in the full size rental car models class available in Australia or New Zealand.
Fullsize Rental Car Review – Holden VF Commodore Calais V
It’s been a long time between drinks – 6 years in fact, since the outgoing VE Commodore was launched to the public.
As one of Australia’s best selling vehicles, it was important for Holden to get the formula right with the VF Commodore and thankfully, they didn’t disappoint.
Designers took a leaf out of the German stylebook with BMW-esque curves and humps featuring significantly around the VF Commodore. Daytime running lights and chrome highlights are also found across most models, heightening the feeling of prestige and luxury.
The interior also benefitted from a marked quality and style improvement. The top-specification Calais V comes with splashes of leather and suede throughout the cabin, making it feel like it should carry a much higher price tag.
The latest iteration of the Commodore excels both dynamically on the road and technologically in the cabin. Holden engineers shaved some 43kg of weight from the Commodore, which has improved the handling characteristics dramatically.
A fresh feel behind the wheel comes courtesy of electric steering, which brings with it automatic parking technology. As you drive past an empty parking space, the system alerts you and asks the driver to select reverse. From there, the driver lifts their hands off the wheel and the car reverses perfectly into the park. Paul Maric demonstrates some of the great new features of the Holden Commodore in the video below, just click to watch.
If that wasn’t fancy enough, the Calais V variant tested also comes with a heads up display, which projects important car data such as speed and navigation to the driver’s line of sight over the bonnet.
Other great features include a large colour touch screen, satellite navigation and Pandora Internet radio streaming.
Under the bonnet of the Calais V, renters have the option of a 3.6-litre V6 that produces 210kW of power, or a hulking 6.0-litre V8, which pushes out an impressive 260kW of power. Fuel consumption is listed as 9.0L/100km and 11.7L/100km respectively for each engine. The V8 engine is normally limited to vehicles in the Premium class of vehicles, where the Calais and Calais V resides.
In addition to the styling overhaul and engineering advances, the VF Commodore now costs less to run than its predecessors. So, when you are at the rental agency, ensure you head straight for the VF Commodore, as opposed to the previous generation VE Commodore.
The VF Commodore represents a huge leap forward for Aussie manufacturing, with revised pricing making the Commodore range exceptional value for money. But for those renting, the standout features available across the range will be a huge bonus.
If you’re ready to rent the full size Holden Commodore in Australia or New Zealand, fill in the details below to get started! The Commodore will fall under the category of full size rental car models, keep that in mind when checking out! The Holden Commodore is classed as a full size rental model by Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, RedSpot, Apex, AlphaCireHire and EastCoastRentals.