2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Review

2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon Road Test and Review.

The clock is ticking and the window to buy a new Australian-built Holden Commodore is starting to close.

As I said in my recent review of the SS-V, Holden can hold their head up with pride that the Commodore is going out as an excellent example of Australian engineering and manufacturing.

One model up from the entry-level Commodore Evoke is the Holden Commodore SV6, an offering that is offered as either a sedan or wagon, prices start from $37,290, that gets you a manual sedan, it’s then $2,200 more for an auto sedan, the Sportwagon is auto-only and starts at $41,490.

Holden passed me the keys to the wagon version of the SV6 wagon for a week.

Under the bonnet you will find a 210kW/350Nm 3.6 litre V6 petrol engine that rev’s freely and offers very spirited performance. The 2016 Commodore V6 is especially at home on the highway with just 2,000rpm at 100km/h.

It’s also surprisingly quiet inside the cabin, even at highway speeds.

Fuel consumption is also pleasing, Holden quotes 9.3L/100km combined, naturally, being a large car, consumption in the city will jump up to around 12.0L/100km in the city.

On the road the 2016 Holden Commodore, even the wagon, is well-mannered and predictable. The ride and handling being particular highlights, the big Holden is tuned perfectly for our local conditions.

I mentioned the cabin was quiet, it is also very comfortable and roomy. Recently given a minor upgrade, Holden has changed out some of the dials and switches and it all looks good and works nicely.

I was surprised to see though that Holden kept the rather odd-looking fabric strip in the seats, while the same touchscreen remains in the 2016 model.

Standard features inside the SV6 cabin include six-speaker stereo, tilt & reach steering adjustment, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot sensor, push-button ignition, auto park assist, electric park brake, reverse camera, rear cross-traffic alert.

Strangely, sat-nav is a $750 option in the Holden Commodore SV6.

Other optional extra boxes you can tick on the Commodore include prestige/metallic paint, anything but flat red or white, for $550, a spare ignition key for $99 and leather seats will set you back $1500.

Summing it up; It’s such a shame to think that the Holden Commodore won’t be with us for much longer, just because that’s the case though it doesn’t mean you should bypass this impressive 2016 model.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Holden Commodore SV6

Engine: 3.6 litre V6 petrol producing 210kW and 350Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic or six-speed manual (sedan only)

Safety: Five star

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: Australia

Price: from $37,290




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