Best Large Car under $70,000

Holden VF Commodore SV6

Last year’s winner, the locally-made VF Commodore, returns to the top step of the podium in the large car class, having fought off tough opposition from imported Hyundai and Skoda rivals.

The volume-selling SV6 was rewarded by judges for its affordability – it’s the second cheapest car in the class. Of the other finalists, the Superb’s price tag is nearly $6000 higher, while Genesis buyers will need an extra $22,500.

And while the SV6’s standard features list doesn’t score as highly as the other two, it is still very well-equipped.

Safety-wise, it has a five-star ANCAP rating plus six airbags, stability and traction control, ABS, EBD, blind-spot alert and trailer sway control.

Inside the big Aussie family car, plenty of space allows a full load of passengers to be carried in greater comfort than either of the challengers for the class win. Judges particularly appreciated the Commodore’s extra shoulder room.

The 210kW 3.6-litre V6 delivers strong performance and is 5.3 percent more fuel efficient than its VE predecessor. Naturally, it can’t match the diesel models in its class, but is the best of the petrol-powered cars.


Indicative Drive Away Price: $42,898


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Criteria out of 10 – Holden VF Commodore SV6

Value for Money  Rating
Pricing  7H
Depreciation  8M
Running and Repair Costs  6M
Fuel Consumption  3H
Warranty and Dealer Access  5M
Insurance  10L
Standard Features  4H

Design and Function  Rating 
Safety   7C
Environment  8C
Seating Comfort  7C
Space  7C
Practicality  7M
Ergonomics  7H
Build and Finish  6H

On the Road  Rating
Performance  7H
Ride  6H
Handling  8H
Braking  6M
Smoothness and Quietness  6H

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

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