Holden’s car craft has its pinnacle in long-wheelbase, rear-wheel drive models.
Ute, Statesman and top lion in the pride, Caprice, are vehicles for the world stage.
The WH sedans work just fine here too. They are excellent value, unrivalled for space, plenty practical (bravo the full size wheel and tyre), safe and certain to comfortably seat all sizes.
Quality is improved but still iffy while big A pillars and sight-sapping rear-seat views for the kids are ergonomic blemishes.
This big lion devours distance. The six-speed gearbox is good, if not great, and complements an effortless and mighty V8. Obviously, don’t expect low fuel bills.
It’s nimble on-road with rewarding steering, claw-like grip levels and deft balance. Good brakes and a sporty exhaust add plenty.
Pity about the ride. Firm is fine, but the rear suspension feels rubbery and out of place.