2017 Holden Commodore SS V Redline Review

Holden Commodore SS V Redline Road test, Review

Scroll down to the bottom of this Holden Commodore review to the Nuts and Bolts summary.

Next to “Origin” you’ll see the word Australia, already a rare sight, very soon it’ll be a thing of the past with production of Holden vehicles and the iconic Commodore ceasing later this year.

A tinge of sadness for the end of an era but at least the lion badge has gone out with one last hurrah in the Holden Commodore SS V Redline.

Holden have done a job on this final Australian made model, fusing a measured blend of refinement, style, comfort  and renown performance into one package.

The Commodore SS V is what it should be - big, stable and powerful.

Under the hood is a powerhouse 6.2 litre V8 engine and a six-speed sports automatic churning out a potential 304kW of power and a huge 570Nm of torque.

With an engine note like the purr of a lion it even sounds the way it should right from the crackle of ignition.

It has no problem throwing the 1700+kg frame around or overtaking any slowpokes and the chassis provides a stable solid ride along the freeway.

The payoff is fuel consumption as you can imagine, chewing through the petrol at nearly 16L/100km in my week of test driving.

There was some slight lag in acceleration which became more immediate in Sport mode which is selectable by pushing the gear knob across into manual shift.

If you leave it alone, it will let the car do the work but of course you can override it with the shifter or the steering mounted paddle shifters.

There is a manual model for $2200 less than the $57,190 auto.

The throttle response is one of the most precise and well-tuned I’ve encountered.

The more you put in, the more you get out. Meaning, the amount of pressure is proportionate to the acceleration rate - if you press lightly you can drive in a docile manner, but if you step down the motor give you everything its got.

Whereas in some other performance models, they only seem to have one level of acceleration - fast and faster.

While the obvious attraction is the engine and performance, the insides and features are none too shabby.

The dash and doors have a premium feel covered in a combination of materials including leather, suede and chrome and carbon fibre trims.

The seats too are leather, along with the wheel and gear knob, affording comfort for even the largest or tallest occupants with their wide dimensions and firm upholstery.

As usual the Commodore has a lot of cabin space, and is nice and big with spacious room in the back making it an easy fit for three passengers.

Fitting golf clubs, prams, shopping or holiday gear in the back is no problem with an equally massive boot.

Tech highlights include a projected HUD in front of the driver with a selection of display info including lateral g-forces; parking assist, dual climate control, electric park brake and a sunroof,

Meanwhile on the safety front adaptive cruise control and lane departure technology will keep you in a bubble in traffic.

The last Holden Commodore SS V Redline is a great testament to its predecessors  and is enough to made any diehard Holden Commodore fan salivate and maybe just a little bit teary.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Holden Commodore SS V Redline

  • Engine: 6.2L V8 petrol producing 304kW and 570Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic
  • Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km
  • Safety: Five Stars
  • Origin: Australia
  • Price: from $57,190

For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Holden VF Commodore.

1 Comment

  1. The VF2 SSV Redline does not have adaptive cruise control. Ie, it will not adjust speed or distance in regards to the car in front of you. Nor will it brake for you in an emergency. It does have collision alert, but it requires the driver to actually apply the brakes.

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