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It is tagged as the private-buyer special, but is the RS the Holden Commodore pick?

14 Sep 2018

THERE seems to be something for everyone in the medium car segment these days, which is a shame when so many buyers are defaulting to medium SUVs. Take this ZB-generation Holden Commodore RS as an example of distinguished positioning right from the off.
For under $40,000 this 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive liftback offers an unparalleled drivetrain for the pricetag. Sure, a Toyota Camry with a V6 engine boasts more power and torque, but without nearly the fuel consumption benefit – and therefore it is best placed as a hybrid-equipped sedan with a big and budget interior priced well below the model tested here.
Conversely, the recently launched Mazda6 facelift reserves its new 2.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine for model grades costing almost $45K, complete with a vastly more upmarket interior that appears to easily oust this German-produced, Australian-badged sedan.
The point is, on paper at least, the Commodore RS seems to occupy a unique price point in the medium-car class. But does that make it the best ZB-generation Holden as well?

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