GO
GoAutoLogo
MENU

Make / Model Search

New models - Holden - Commodore ute

Driven: Holden’s VF Commodore-based Ute

Both camps: Some buy the Commodore ute as a workhorse, but plenty will also buy this VF version as a performance car.

Holden’s VF Ute is a sharper, cheaper car-like alternative for tradies than before

Gallery

Click to see larger images

30 May 2013

HOLDEN again expects to net a fair share of weekend warriors, and those wanting a coupe with a very big boot, with its revised VF Commodore Ute.

Just like the outgoing VE version, Holden says about half of all Utes to roll off the showroom floor will be high-performance V8 versions – which thanks to price cuts are now up to $5000 cheaper, and also better on fuel.

Unfortunately, we’ve so far only managed to drive the SV6 six-cylinder, a review of which you can read by clicking the button at the top of the story – stay posted for our V8 drive impressions.

As with its sedan sibling, the load-lugging Commodore’s biggest changes come under the skin, with a new interior design and plentiful use of weight-saving aluminium. It also gets the sedan’s more aerodynamic re-styled nose, although there are no styling changes at the rear.

By making the car lighter and slipperier, and by fitting a new electric steering system, Holden has also improved fuel efficiency. In fact, no VF of any stripe has benefited more than the SV6 Ute, which has copped a reduction of 8.2 per cent, down to 9.0 litres per 100km.

The new-look load-lugging range now kicks off at $32,990 plus on-road costs for the base version with a 210kW/350Nm 3.6-litre engine with a six-speed automatic replacing the old 3.0-litre version ($2500 lower than before).

As well as the price cuts and better engine, base variants add premium gear such as automated parking, an eight-inch touchscreen with a MyLink smartphone-based infotainment system, and remote vehicle start.

SV6 versions pair the same engine to either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions priced from an identical $32,990 – this is a $5500 discount, more than any other Ute variant. However, to compare it with the base model like-for-like, you must add $2000 for the optional automatic.

Extra features over the base include blind-spot monitoring, sports suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, a limited-clip diff for the manual, sports seats, soft tonneau and LED daytime running lights.

The entry price is still $4400 more than Ford’s base automatic Falcon ute, and the revised SV6 now undercuts the Falcon XR6 ute by $2200. Once again, you can get dedicated LPG versions of both the base ute and the SV6 for an extra $2500.

Next up the model tree is the V8 SS, which trades in the 3.6-litre V6 for a 260kW/517Nm 6.0-litre Gen 4 V8 (the outputs are unchanged over the VE), matches the SV6’s features list, and kicks off at $38,990.

The discount over the old version, at $3500, is less than the discount applied to the SV6, meaning the price gap between the two has widened.

Holden has managed to improve the fuel economy of the SS Ute by 7.3 per cent to 11.5L/100km.

The hardcore 270kW/530Nm SS-V now costs $42,490 after a $5000 discount over the VE, and comes with features over and above the regular SS such as leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, satellite navigation, a colour digital display, footwell lamps and a DVD player.

For an extra $6000 you can get the SS-V Redline which, thanks to a relatively miserly $1500 price chop, now costs $48,490. Extra features include Brembo brakes, unique forged 19-inch rims, a colour head-up display, a forward-looking alert system that will warn you if it thinks a rear-end collision is likely, a lane departure warning system and “ultra” sports suspension.

The Lion brand has rolled out its new VF sedan tech on the ute version, too, including an electric park brake with automatic release, brakes that stop it rolling back on a hill, and Trailer Sway Control – although the towing capacity appears to have dropped to 1600kg from 2100kg.

Options such as a bundled blind-spot warning system and one that will even warn you if you are about to back into a passing car ($350), sat-nav ($750) and soft tonneau cover ($490) can be added to low-grade versions. The SV6 can be optioned up to get leather seats for $1000, and premium paint adds $550. Holden executive director of sales and marketing, Philip Brook, described the ute as much as a performance car as a humble commercial vehicle.

“VF offers the sort of world-class user technology that will redefine what it means to drive a ‘tool of trade’ vehicle. The ute is so much more than its humble beginnings - it’s become an incredible vehicle by any definition,” he said.

“For performance lovers the ute has become Holden’s ultimate two-door sports machine with half of our ute customers choosing a V8 model. VF Ute offers more of what people want – great performance, luxury features and the latest safety technology – and red hot prices across the range.”Holden Commodore VF Ute pricing*
Ute (a)$32,990 (-$2,500)
SV6$32,990 (-$5,500)
SS$38,990 (-$3,500)
SS-V$42,490 (-$5,000)
SS-V Redline$48,490 (-$1,500)
*Excludes on-road costs.

The Road to Recovery podcast series


Quick tests

Read more

GoAuto can help you buy a new Commodore ute

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires

Agreement

This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
close
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Holden models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here