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Holden Commodore VF Evoke Ute (2013)

by Barry Green,reviewed October 2013

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.

Holden Commodore VF Evoke Ute 2013


Price drop, added value, improved driveability


Visibility around A and B pillars, optional cost for tonneau cover ($250)

Key features

Dual-zone climate-control, auto park assist, rear view camera, hill start assist, trailer sway control, remote start, multi-function display, MyLink infotainment system with 8” touch screen, embedded apps, CD player with MP3 capability, full iPod integration, enhanced voice recognition, bluetooth audio streaming


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability/traction control

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Commodore VF Evoke Ute
Vehicle type Commercial
Year 2013
Price when new $32,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 3.6-litre, direct injection petrol, V6
Max power 210W @ 6700rpm
Max torque 350Nm @ 2800rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 6.8 seconds (tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 23.85m (tested)
Economy ADR 9.0 litres/100km
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.