2006 Holden Calais Review

2006 Holden Calais V 6.0L V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Most recent distance26000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird


The only thing to go wrong in 2 months of ownership has been a plastic clip on the rear parcel shelf. Only cost 60 cents, so not a major issue.

The car is still young though, and under warranty, so I will update in the future.

General Comments:

For a large car this car handles brilliantly. Huge grip from the 245 rubber. The performance is amazing from any revs, and the throttle response is crisp. Transmission gets a little jerky in first to second if I am a bit abrupt on the throttle. In the 07 cars this was fixed, as it was only a software issue.

The running costs are high, especially the fuel. I am averaging 14.5L/100km in all city driving, so is not as bad as it could be. Also I am running it on 98, so that is 10 cents a litre dearer again.

This car is the Calais V, so is equipped with everything, and is extremely comfortable. I only gave it a 7 because the Calais is now setup for sport rather than luxury, but the car has a good blend of handling prowess and comfort, but other people might prefer the Berlina, which is setup for all luxury driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2007

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review