A hectic schedule today, with the Calais called on to taxi the kids to the city, run various trips to the local shops and cinema, and then take us to dinner in the evening.
At first glance it's hard to distinguish this car as being part of the Holden Commodore family of old, with the liftback design presenting a much sleeker profile than any generation before it. I suspect it will take some time to get used to.
The front-end showcases a large grille that looms in comparison to the disproportionately small LED headlights, while on the sides, designers have opted to include superfluous hockey stick-like sculpting along the doors. The roofline and sides taper off at the rear giving it a softer, more rounded appearance.
The cabin is clean and functional, with most of the touchscreen functions controlled by a simple row of four horizontal buttons, and a gloss-black surround encasing the centre console. My son was quick to sync up the phone to the 8.0-inch touchscreen (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto equipped) and selected Eye of the Tiger by Survivor to test the eight-speaker stereo. How appropriate.
Plenty of soft-touch materials line the cabin, with leather seats and a leather-wrapped wheel. All of which makes for a comfortable and pleasant space to spend a weekend tackling the traffic.
Around the suburbs, it's well composed and comfortable, going about its business with minimal fuss. Steering is responsive and well-weighted for navigating city streets. The cabin manages to prevent much of the road, wind and engine noise from entering, too.
Parking in tight underground car parks or on the street was made easy courtesy of the reversing camera, parking sensors and good visibility out of every window.