Evoke is the workhorse among the Holden VF Commodore ute line-up, but don’t confuse entry level for poverty pack.
In keeping with the whole VF range, the Evoke ute fairly bristles with standard kit and all at $2500 less than its predecessor, the VE Omega. Take a look at the adjacent Key Stats panel for an idea of the value for money equation.
All-round driveability is also an improvement over the old Omega, with more refinement emanating from the willing 3.6-litre V6 and well-calibrated, six-speed auto transmission. In a week’s testing, our test vehicle fulfilled its role as comfy daily commuter, weekend warrior hauling multi-loads of green waste to the dump, and running the odd errand.
There’s space behind the seats for a reasonable amount of shopping or sporting gear – the type of items you wouldn’t risk leaving under the (non-lockable) soft tonneau cover. The cloth seats endure well, with the driver’s side boasting power height and lumbar adjustment.
For electric steering, the VF’s is one of the best, being linear and progressive – much like a hydraulic system. Unfortunately, as with the VE, visibility is still less than ideal around the A and B pillars.
Rated towing capability is 1600kg. Okay, so it's not sporty looking or equipped, but for that you need to opt for the SV6 model.