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2013 Holden Malibu CD petrol Review

Joel Helmes reviews the petrol version of the entry-level Malibu.

2013 Holden Malibu CD petrol review.

I reviewed the exact same car – the entry-level CD grade Malibu last week (a review you can catch here), but the version with the diesel engine.

I must say I was left quite impressed by the diesel engine, particularly its aversion to sipping fuel.

The big question then is whether it’s worth shelling out the extra $4,000 for the diesel version of the Malibu.

The data shows the 2.0 litre diesel delivers 117kW and 350Nm; I managed to use as little as just 6.7L/100km in city driving – the official combined figure is 6.4L/100km.

The 2.4 litre petrol engine will give you 123kW and 225Nm; during my week in this one I averaged 9.9L/100km – the official combined figure is 8.0L/100km.

So as you can see power is essentially line-ball but the diesel delivers much more low-down grunt and uses a fair amount less fuel.

2013 Holden Malibu CD petrol review.

But I have to say, even factoring in the higher cost of diesel at the pump and the extra up-front purchase price; I would absolutely go for the diesel Malibu over the petrol.

Whether or not the Malibu is the car for you though is another question entirely. As I spelled out in last week’s review of the CD the new mid-sized Holden is an offering that could be classified as good, but not great.

With impressive offerings such as the Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Kia Optima and Hyundai i40 in the mix, I’m still not completely convinced that the Holden Malibu offers a compelling enough argument to take too many sales off the other players in the mid-sized car market.

2013 Holden Malibu CD petrol review.


Engine: 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol delivering 123kW and 225Nm

Transmission: Six speed automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $28,490

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