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Holden Statesman V6 (2007)

by Chris Bishop,reviewed March 2007

Holden’s long wheelbase WM vehicles can finally compete against Europe’s finest.

Statesman still has no equal in the space race and its cavernous cabin swallows five adults with room to spare while the boot is both long and wide.

Factor in a luxurious, if at times rubbery, ride, abundant appointments and useful handling traits and the Statesman starts to stack up.

Grip levels are good, it corners with aplomb and generally never handles like a large car.

The brakes work well in emergency stops but could be calibrated a little better for rough roads.

The big A pillars, are a major ergonomic grievance, which ruin an otherwise impressive interior rethink.

The seats in both rows are soft and comfortable however they don’t rank as particularly supportive.

Performance is a cut above the class with ample low-end thrust and a strong mid-range kick from the locally made V6 heart.

The five-speed transmission is a little unsophisticated though, while the 195kW V6 can be vocal when asked to hit its straps. Fuel economy may also be a thorny point.

Holden’s build has also taken a step forward, but still has some way to go to match the international benchmarks.

This is not a car for the badge brigade, however it ticks all the right boxes. It drives well, brakes strongly and offers space and value that are hard to match.

There’s no reason to be dismissive about the local wares any more.

Holden Statesman V6 2007


Space, equipment, comfort, dynamics


Depreciation costs, transmission, noise

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model Statesman V6
Vehicle type Large Under $60,000
Year 2007
Price when new $59,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 3.6-litre V6, DOHC, 24 valves
Max power 195 kW @ 6500 rpm
Max torque 340 Nm @ 2600 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 8.2 secs
Braking from 80 km/h 24 m
Capacity 11.7 litres / 100 km (ADR FIGURE)

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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.