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Holden Commodore diesel 2018 review: snapshot

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  • Engine is smooth and torquey
  • Looks good
  • Huge interior space


  • Engine sounds gravelly
  • Boring interior
  • Uninspiring handling

It wasn't that long ago that Holden's Commodore had nothing less than a V6 engine driving the rear wheels. With the conclusion of its long and illustrious run as a locally-built car, all bets were off. For the first time since the early 1980s, you could buy a four-cylinder Commodore. And for the first time ever you get a turbocharged engine. And now - the horror - a diesel.

The lack of diesel engine was always a bit of a puzzler given towing is part of the Commodore's mythology, but there we are. The diesel is available in the Commodore sedan ($36,690), wagon ($38,890) and Calais sedan ($43,990). Each model is around $3000 more than the equivalent petrol.

Under the bonnet of all three is a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel packing 125kW/400Nm. They're all front-wheel drive, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel will tow the same 1800kg as the four-cylinder petrol but will use 5.6L/100km on the combined cycle, 1.9 litres less than the unleaded version.

As with the rest of the range, the diesel Commodores have a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating.

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Holden Commodore 2018: LT

Safety Rating
Engine Type Diesel Turbo 4, 2.0L
Fuel Type Diesel
Fuel Efficiency 5.6L/100km (combined)
Seating 5
Price From $15,620 - $20,020

Pricing Guides

Based on 375 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months.

Range and Specs

Vehicle Specs Price*
LT 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SPEED AUTOMATIC $15,620 - $20,020
LT 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 9 SPEED AUTOMATIC $14,960 - $19,690
LT (5YR) 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SPEED AUTOMATIC $12,760 - $16,940
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*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
Peter Anderson
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Peter grew up in a house in Western Sydney where automotive passion extended to white Sigmas and Magnas. At school he discovered "those" magazines that weren't to be found in the house. Magazines that offered him the chance to sit in the driver's seat of cars he’d never even heard of let alone seen. His path to rebellion was set - he would love cars, know cars and want to write about cars, much to his family’s disgust. They wanted him to be a teacher. He bought a series of terrible cars and lusted after Ford Escort Cosworths, the Alfa Romeo 164 Q and occasionally kicked himself for selling his 1977 Alfa GTV. From 1.0-litre three cylinders to roaring V12s, Peter has driven them all and can't wait to tell you all about it.
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