Internal affair

The Garage Long term diaries


The Garage Long term diaries

We explore the Commodore indoors

ACCORDING to the internet, the average Aussie spends 53 minutes per day commuting, usually in a car. This means youíre spending about fourand- a-half hours in your car a week.

With so much time perched in a cabin, youíd want to make sure your environment helps you find zen Ė not auto-murder. Thatís why this month Iím focusing on Great Whiteís insides.

The first thing you notice about the VFís cabin is how nice and womb-y it is. The layeredness of its symmetrical design provides a natural hierarchy to the interface and all its controls Ė infotainment at the top, heating and ventilation underneath, storage at the bottom ó and the roundness of everything makes it all seem organic.

The ergonomics are good; you wonít need a bastketballerís wingspan to strike the furthest button, or have to contort limbs to hit the boot button next to your right leg.

Even if high compared to sports cars, the hip position is low enough to feel like youíre hunkered in the car, but high enough to see over the bonnet. Although, nothing will help you peek around the A-Pillars that are like the event horizon of a black hole, swallowing all that fall behind it.

Lower down, the pedals are at a comfortable angle, more vertical than that of space-poor front-drive footwells. The pedals feel sturdy too.

Steering wheel rim thickness errs A on the chunky side, but itís nice and comfy to grip.

Then, to your left a chunky, chicken-wing sized shifter sits slightly offset, and you need to stick your elbow out to row with proper leverage. Itís no problem, except for the drink holders right below it.

Hiding the head-up display controls behind the steering wheel could also catch out first-time VFers, and Iím not sure about the lavish use of aluminium-look metal surrounding the air-con vents. Sure, they help richen the look and feel of cabin materials, but it and the chrome underneath can startle you if the sunís sniping from the right angle.

Theyíre forgiveable grievances, but what Iím finding hardest to reconcile is the MyLink infotainment system.

The lack of hierarchy on the button pad and home screen menu makes it hard to instinctively use the infotainment when driving, and thereís been more than one occasion when the MyLinkís drawn a total blank on me, shutting down to an inoperable state for a while.

I canít say my animosity to this system is shared by the entire MOTOR office, so maybe itís just me. But Iím not finding MyLink easy to use so far.

It might be a case of needing to spend more of my 53 daily minutes playing with it. Suits me, because on the whole, for a 50-odd grand barge, the VF SS-V Redlineís innards are a very pleasant place to be. - LC

You wonít need a basketballerís wingspan to strike the furthest button

MONTH three


Its jet-fighter like head-up display


The MyLinkís clunkiness; car loves a horn beep if you leave the keys inside

favourite MOMENT

The boot swallowing four 15-inch tyres