$28,490 – $33,490
Good: NOTE: DISCONTINUED IN AUSTRALIA JAN 2012 With the Epica’s low pricing it easily ticks the value box; there are high levels of safety features as standard and plenty of room inside… The economical Turbo Diesel is our pick over the Petrol.
Not so Good: Dated and bland interior. The turbo diesel is far too noisy on take-off.
Design and Engineering
Good : Well done to Holden for fitting a 6 speed automatic as standard to the current facelift model. If you squint it looks like a BMW 5-Series from side on!
Not so good: The styling is starting to show its age inside and out. ‘Busy’ rear end design.
Interior and Styling
Good : Plenty of standard equipment and creature comforts. The instrument dials are clear and easy to read, there’s decent amounts of space and a large 480L boot.
Not so good : Interior feels dated and dark with only strips of stainless steel-ish plastic to brighten things up. Money was saved with this interior – little things such as the inside of the hard plastic glovebox missing out on a flock lining and a fairly cheap-looking dashboard (compared to leading Medium’s). The driver’s seat is big but lacking in thigh support PLUS there’s no left footrest for the driver. The rear seats folds 60/40 to gain boot access however the actual opening could/should be bigger.
Good : Turbo Diesel is definitely torquey. The 6-speed automatic gearbox is smooth, as is the Petrol six cylinder…
Not so good : The Petrol engine is lacking in torque. The Turbo Diesel engine is far too loud – it almost sounds like a truck and you can feel it rattling (especially when taking off from standstill) and it has excessive turbo lag.
Ride and Handling
Good : Feels at home on the freeway.
Not so good : Electric power steering takes some getting used to and the feedback from the road is lacking. The heavy turbo diesel engine affects the car’s weight distribution, and handling is behind the segment leaders. Ride & chassis suffers over poor road surfaces (especially if you encounter a pothole). Look elsewhere for spirited driving.
Buying and Owning
Good : High levels of standard safety equipment & high levels of features for the price. The Turbo Diesel engine coupled to the 6-speed auto provides good fuel economy.
Not so good : Resale value is behind the Medium class best.