Best large car under $60,000

Holden Commodore VF SV6

The ‘ultimate evolution’ of a range that started in 1978 has elevated Holden’s Commodore VF – in the form of the SV6 sedan – to an Australia’s Best Cars win for the first time.

An improvement over previous generation Commodores in just about every area, the VF earned a class-leading score for ergonomics and finished equal top for warranty/dealer access, safety, environment, build/finish quality, performance, handling and braking.

A sports body-kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Sportec/cloth combination seat trim underpin the SV6 moniker, but it’s what’s out of sight that adds street cred.

Holden’s 210kW, 350Nm 3.6-litre V6 is a responsive unit, particularly when paired with a six-speed auto that shows improved kick-down response and shift smoothness.

The SV6 boasts the FE suspension of its big brothers, the SS and SS-V. Set firm, it endows the SV6 with a handling competency that belies a car of this size, though the trade off is in ride quality that is not as supple as the best in category.

Inside the SV6 is a comfy, accommodating place to be, particularly for the driver. The front sports seats have powered adjustment, including lumbar, and are compliant yet supportive.

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Australia's Best Cars Best Large Car under $60,000 Holden Commodore VF SV6

Indicative Drive Away Price: $42,066

Criteria out of 10 – Holden Commodore VF SV6


Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  9H
Depreciation  8M
Running Costs  5H
Fuel Consumption  3H
Warranty and dealer access   5H
Insurance  5L
Standard Features  5H

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  7C
Environment  8C
Comfort  8C
Space  8C
Practicality  7H
Ergonomics  9M
Build and Finish  8H

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  9H
Ride  7H
Handling  9H
Braking  8H
Smoothness and Quietness   9M

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.