Holden station wagons are known to many Kiwis as the quintessential family hauler, which when mentioned can easily trigger nostalgia and stories of camping trips away. Able to accommodate mum, dad the kids and even the dog there has never been any doubt of the Holden wagons practical value. However, times change and now Holden’s large wagon needs to compete not just against other wagons but also SUVs and crossover vehicles. The only way to stay ahead is to retain the traditional practicality while placing extra focus on aesthetics and fuel economy. The VE Series Commodore Sportwagon has done just that and the base-model Omega has an extra weapon — price. After a mid-cycle refresh the new Series II Omega is looking better than ever but can it put a stop to buyers deserting wagons for crossover vehicles. Car and SUV spent a week playing happy families with the latest Omega Sportwagon to find out.
The new Series II upgrades have been particularly kind to the Omega and while it remains the budget model in the Commodore range the once large gap between itself and the other model variants has closed up. Visually, the Omega is looking sharp, the updates have brought subtle changes to the front end including a larger chrome-rimmed grille and new yet familiar-looking headlights. At the rear, changes include chrome detailing and a revised boot lid with integrated aerodynamic spoiler. You can forget any no frills steel wheels as well because the Omega comes sporting a set of 7-spoke 16-inch alloys. While the alloys don’t quite fill the large guards they add largely to the huge improvement in presentation. Overall, the styling is spot on, the Omega exterior offers no clues to its base-model status, it also has some fine detailing like colour coded caps on the side mirrors and black painted dual exhaust tips. Continue reading “Holden Omega SII Sportwagon 2011 Review” »