It’s an example of the way our driving tastes are changing that the Holden Commodore SS V costs the same as the Volkswagen Golf GTi Performance hatch mentioned elsewhere on this page.

Some might say it’s brains vs brawn, but that under-rates the Holden. As often happens, the last iteration of a model is the best – bugs eliminated, feature-laden to sustain sales – and that makes the VF a worthy bookend to the Commodore story.

The SS, SS V or SS V Redline all get the same smooth V8 driving the rear wheels through well-sorted suspension.

It’s a great driver’s car, more understated in design than previous editions, yet still carries five adult passengers and a lot of luggage.

The SS V as tested includes leather upholstery, navigation, key-less ignition, blind-spot warning and a DVD player.

How poignant it is that as the home-grown Commodore and Ford Falcon roll inexorably toward the cliff, everyone is rushing to buy the V8s while they still can.

From $46,490 plus on-roads | Sports sedan
6.0 litre V8 | 270kW/530Nm

FOR: Power, value
AGAINST: It’s the last
VERDICT: Get one while you can