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BabyDrive Verdict

The new Holden ZB Commodore is the first one to be made in Germany rather than Australia and I really like it! Apart from all its beeping, moaning baby-waking alarms it is a very practical BabyDrive!

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Storage in the boot is fantastic! When it is empty the boot holds 16 shopping bags!! This is equal to the VW Passat and more than the Skoda Superb, Octavia and VW Arteon! 

I could fit the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller in with six shopping bags, and the Britax Flexx single or tandem stroller fitted in easily, both lengthways and widthways with 10 and eight shopping bags around them respectively.

You could transport a large dog in the boot of the Commodore and have room for a few shopping bags or a basic compact stroller too, so it's a great practical space.

Inside the cabin, storage is pretty good too. The two cup holders in the central console are well sized for reusable and disposable coffee cups and a large refillable water bottle fits nicely in the front door bins with my wallet. The glovebox is small but did hold my wallet and iPad, the central console storage box has a wireless charging phone storage slot inside along with a USB port, and there's a glasses case in the ceiling.

In the back, there were two well-sized cup holders in the central seat backrest and map pockets in the back of both front seats. The door bins in the back are smaller than the front but will hold a 600ml bottle.

The Holden Commodore has top tethers in the back of all three rear seats that I found I couldn't access easily through the boot as it was so long! It was easier to bring the seat backs forward to connect them. They are clearly labelled and easy to connect to.

There is ISOFix in the two outer rear seats, within plastic guides and easy to connect to.

I found I could only install two child seats (the forward-facing Britax Platinum Pro and rear-facing Britax Graphene) in the back of the Commodore because the rear seats are so sculpted and the Commodore roof narrows so much at the top, which reduces the shoulder or headroom so  much that with three child seats across they'd stick out from the sides of the car and you couldn't shut the doors!

The Commodore was a great car to drive, I really enjoyed it! Around town especially it just felt really smooth and responsive! I did notice when the engine was cold it would make some strange noises and rev quite loudly and when I stopped at a pedestrian crossing I did make some people jump when I pulled away as the engine growled into life, which to be honest was a bit embarrassing!!!

The media system was easy to navigate, simple to use and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which was great too.

The sat-nav was also good and easily muted with one touch on the screen.

The biggest downside for me was the beeeeeping and warning alarms in the Commodore!! I think it is a Holden thing as I remember a similar feeling with the Holden Equinox driving me mad with never knowing what or why it would beep next!! This was very un-BabyDrive friendly as when Bub is asleep I was just worried an alarm would go off and wake her up!!

The Holden Commodore scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and has six airbags as standard.

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