$61,990 – $69,990
Good: The best-looking Caprice ever. Just as tempting to spend your time behind the wheel as as it is to relax in the rear watching a movie AND huge amounts of space & features for the money.
Not so Good: It doesn’t exactly ‘sip’ on its fuel. At 5.2 metres it takes up a lot of space in the car park
Design and Engineering
Good : Going on sale in September 2006, the WM Series Caprice has truly great styling – thank a long wheelbase, short front overhang and the huge single piece side stamping (for the first time the rear quarter panel is one smooth panel).
We love the four rear exhaust pipes (V8 grade); LED indicators and tail lamps to differentiate Holden’s Executive sedan from the less-expensive Commodore’s. You can thank the export market for the unique looks – without this, it would certainly be a lesser car.
The mid-life facelift (WM Series II) launched in September 2010.
Not so good : Hmmmm…not much. It’s not light (however it would be significantly more expensive to use costly lightweight materials). Some of us here think the Caprice would look better without the chrome-finished grille.
Interior and Styling
Good : The Caprice has niceties such as rain-sensing wipers, a booming Bose audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and front & rear parking sensors to ensure you don’t scratch the attractive body. The sports steering wheel is a little too chunky, yet is still comfortable to hold and the sports seats are on the wide side but still leave you feeling fresh after hours behind the wheel… Huge amounts of rear seat space (superior to the competing Chrylser 300C), plus, a rear DVD player with dual LCD screens.
Not so good Whilst the interior is a fine place to spend time, the “touch and feel” factor can’t match that of more expensive European luxury brands.
Good : The V8 sounds terrific! With the new Active Fuel Management (AFM) system in the Gen 4 V8, power and torque is cut back a little for the sake of better fuel economy and emissions – thankfully we couldn’t notice the power cut when behind the wheel. Nice one, Holden.
Not so good : The performance comes at a price – this V8 still likes to drink. The six-speed auto transmission can be caught out selecting a gear too low or high at times. The V6 prefers relaxed driving as it gets all too noisy should you spend much time at high revs.
Ride and Handling
Good : The Caprice is marketed as more of a sporty, performance model compared to the discontinued Statesman, so thankfully the overall handling is very impressive (which is no mean feat for a vehicle over 5 metres long!) This is a driver’s car: the suspension is slighty firm and its handling dynamics are superior to the competing 300C.
Not so good : Improved handling often means they have to sacrifice the ride a little – so, it’s a little on the firm side. Furthermore, tyre noise is more evident than ideal.
Buying and Owning
Good : Only true competitor in price and size is the Chrysler 300C which the Caprice easily beats in interior space and ride & handling.
Not so good : Whilst it’s only a fraction of the price of cars like the 7-Series, S-Class or Lexus LS, these vehicles have much larger development budgets which allows for improved fuel economy compared to the Caprice’s V8 (even with the new AFM fuel saving system fitted).