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Holden Sportswagon Berlina (2010)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2010

Less is actually more with Holden’s VE 3.0-litre SIDI Sportwagon Berlina.

Although it has less capacity than the engine it replaces, the new Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) V6 is 10 kW more powerful and, importantly, better fuel and emissions efficient. Tipping the scales at the same weight ( kg) as before, the SIDI example claims an ADR combined cycle fuel figure of 9.6-litres/100 km, 1.1 better than the old wagon.

Driving through a new six-speed auto instead of the previous outdated four-speed unit, the 3.0-litre is a smooth and responsive unit, making for a superior drive. The downside is that it’s got less torque, 290 Nm instead of 330.

Holden Sportswagon Berlina 2010

For

Safety, features

Against

Lack of torque, price

Key features

Five star ANCAP safety rating, rear park assist, 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, bluetooth compatibility, six-disc CD audio system with MP3 compatibility and auxiliary input jack

Safety

Dual front and side airbags, curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist and traction and stability control

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Sportwagon Berlina
Vehicle type Large Under $60,000
Year 2010
Price when new $45,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 3.0-litre SIDI V6
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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