Holden Caprice V-Series Review

Holden Caprice V-Series Exterior

The Holden Caprice V-Series is a refined, luxurious and powerful vehicle, yet despite the impressive list features – its high fuel consumption and sheer size limit its practicalities as a private vehicle, instead being favoured amongst the upper echelon of hire cars.

The Caprice is powered by a whopping 6.2L V8 LS3 engine producing 304kW of power @ 6,000rpm and 570Nm of torque @ 4,400rpm which is paired with a 6-speed automatic engine with Active Select. This pairing results in a smooth drive with even power distribution, immediate response and just enough oomph to make you smile when you plant your foot. This does however come at the cost of fuel consumption with a claimed 12.9L/100km on a combined cycle; however our test sat slightly higher.

Holden Caprice V-Series Exterior 1

Luxury comes as standard in the Holden Caprice V-Series, creating a whole new benchmark that remains unrivalled in its price range. As impressive as its powerful figures is the Caprice V-Series’ classic design with refined proportions that commands presence and subtly exudes a hidden opulence. Chrome highlights on the doors handles and side mouldings, 19” alloy wheels, dual exhausts and Bi-Xenon headlights are just some of the exterior features that combine to create the Caprice’s understated design. The refinement continues inside with a spacious, opulent cabin full of all the technology and features required to make a comfortable and enjoyable ride.

Optimal comfort and driving position is achieved for the driver with 8-way adjustable seat with lumbar support and heating features (also featured on the passenger seat) and tilt and telescopic adjustable leather wrapped steering wheel with controls for cruise control, sound system, trip computer, Bluetooth and satellite navigation. The Holden Caprice feature keyless entry with push-button start and smart remote engine start system for convenience. The usual bonus features are also included with rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, heated power side mirrors that dip when reversing, dual zone climate control and plenty of storage.

Holden Caprice V-Series Interior

The 8” colour touchscreen display houses the Holden MyLink infotainment system with Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio apps, satellite navigation, CD player, USB input with full iPod integration, Bluetooth audio streaming, enhanced voice control and Siri Eyes Free technology (something that is slightly beyond my realm of grasp I must admit). Clarity of audio is achieved through a 9 speaker Bose system and rear occupants are treated to the delight of rear seat DVD players with dual channel capabilities and wireless headphones.

Holden Caprice V-Series Rear

The Holden Caprice V-Series has achieved a 5 star ANCAP rating with all the usual three letter safety acronyms and a few added bonuses. From the driver’s seat, safety can be enhanced with front and rear parking sensors, reverse traffic alert and a rear view camera. There is also automatic park assist and a colour heads up display to minimise eye wandering. Holden has also added Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Forward Collision Alert.

This is a vehicle that proves luxury does not need to cost the earth and it does not need to be European. With a cost of $65,746*, in reality, the fact this is not really a private vehicle means that fleet discounts can dramatically reduce this price, representing perhaps the truest value for money. The Holden Caprice V-Series is a vehicle which effortlessly combines luxury and power while concealing its opulence with classic, refined design.

Holden Caprice V-Series

*prices are drive-away for postcode 2000 and are subject to change.

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Chloe has followed her passion for brand management within the industry however still keeps her hand in on the occasional weekend away camping. She still provides editorial support. She has completed a Bachelors degree in Business Studies and works for one of the automotive manufacturers. Chloe has a strong background in English in which she developed a passion for writing.Chloe has grown up with the influence of cars, first learning to drive on the farm at 11 and her interest has heightened since she gained her license. Driving a new car to school every week made her the envy of all her male friends, especially when the car was something special. Chloe has participated in a number of driving courses and brings a unique perspective that is lacking elsewhere.