Holden Malibu debuts with old face, MyLink standard; no sat nav

Sporting a unique grille, but without the so-far US-specific post-facelift improvements, Holden has launched its first mid-size car since the awful Epica.


The new Holden Malibu comes in two specifications (CD and CDX), either of which can be specified with a 2.4-litre petrol engine or 2-litre turbo-diesel. A six-speed auto driving the front wheels is the only transmission choice. For more details on the Holden Malibu’s fuel economy and power figures, check out our handy table below.

Both models feature an air pump and tyre sealant as standard, a 17-inch spare steel wheel is an optional extra.

Kicking off the Malibu range is the A$28,490 CD (A$32,490 for the diesel version). The CD comes standard with 6 airbags, traction and stability control, electric parking brake, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated wing mirrors, cruise control, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, climate control air-con, proximity entry and push button start.

The audio system has 9 speakers, steering wheel audio controls, auxiliary jack, USB port, Bluetooth for both hands-free and music streaming, reversing camera, MyLink smartphone app integration (such as Pandora and Stitcher internet radio services) and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Built-in satellite navigation isn’t an option for the moment, but there is a storage space behind the 7-inch touchscreen.

Carefully avoiding the toes of the Aussie-made VF Commodore is the A$31,990 CDX (A$35,990 for the diesel version), which comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lights, chromed exhaust tips (petrol only), front fog lights, chrome door handles, rain-sensing wipers, leather interior, dual-zone climate control, and front seats that are both heated and electrically adjustable.

Engines and fuel economy

Petrol Diesel
Capacity 2.4-litre 2-litre
Power 123kW 117kW
Torque 225Nm 350Nm
Transmission 6-speed auto (MH8) 6-speed auto (MDK)
Power steering Electric Hydraulic
Fuel economy 8L/100km 6.5L/100km †
CO2 emissions 192g/km 172g/km ‡

† Fuel economy for CD is 6.4L/100km, CDX is 6.5L/100km.
‡ CO2 emissions for CD is 170g/km, CDX is 172g/km.

Dimensions

Length: 4,865mm
Width: 1,855mm
Height: 1,465mm
Wheelbase: 2,737mm
Boot space: 545L

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Derek Fung

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