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Holden Malibu CD Turbo Diesel (2014)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2014

Malibu, Holden’s 2013 replacement for its Epica mid-sized sedan, is available in two specification levels, CD and CDX, with either a 2.4-litre, DOHC petrol engine or – for a $4000 premium – optional 2.0-litre, common rail turbo-diesel.

A six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select is standard across the range. With 350Nm of torque peaking at just 1750rpm, there’s plenty of pulling power and, against the similar-sized Nissan Altima, Hyundai i40 and Kia Optima, the Malibu proved to be quickest from 0-60km/h and equal quickest from 0-80. It particularly excelled in roll-on acceleration, besting its petrol-driven rivals from 50-80km/h and 60-100.

Holden specifically developed a right-hand-drive 17” tyre for the CD and produced a new suspension set-up with a unique damper tune to ‘Australian-ise’ Malibu. It would appear a success, as our test car revealed a compliant ride and handling manners that would satisfy most buyers in this segment.

The interior is well styled and comfortable with plenty of head and leg room up front, though rear passengers could do with more leg room and their own aircon vents. At 545 litres, boot space tops plenty of the competition.

The standard equipment inventory is extensive, and those who are tech savvy will appreciate Holden’s MyLink infotainment bundle.

Holden Malibu CD Turbo Diesel 2014

For

Space, driveability, capped price servicing

Against

Full-size spare not standard, lacks rear aircon vents

Key features

AW17, climate-control, cruise control, multi-function computer, bluetooth, infotainment system with 7” colour touch-screen, embedded apps including Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio, single CD player, USB with iPod connectivity, Gracenote music recognition, steering wheel audio controls, nine speakers, auto-on/off headlights, power height adjustable sports seats

Safety

FSCA, DKA, ABS, ESC, TC, EBD, RC, rear PS

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Malibu CD Turbo-Diesel
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2014
Price when new $32,490
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
Max power 117kW @ 4000rpm
Max torque 350Nm @ 1750rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.0 seconds (tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 24.1m (tested)
Economy ADR 6.4 litres/100km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.