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LIFESTYLE RATING
8 / 10



Show me a girl who is country born and bred and doesn’t want to spend a weekend cruising around in a Holden Commodore SV6 ute, and I’ll show you my pet unicorn.

It also happened to be my birthday and with plenty planned, the SV6 ute was a perfect fit for what was in store. Though to be fair, the only ‘bogan’ part of the weekend was our Saturday adventure, the rest was pretty sedate and classy. The SV6 handled both ends of the spectrum exceptionally well.

The bright orange beast had been in the garage for the previous week, spending a few days roughing it on construction sites for our Utes and Tradies feature.

The 3.6-litre V6 with a six-speed manual transmission is capable of producing 210kW at 6700rpm and 350Nm at 2800rpm, and certainly lived up to my expectations of being a sporty, fun drive.

It looks the part too with 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome tipped dual exhaust outlets, side skirts, and front and rear sports fascia.

Friday night involved heading out for a quiet dinner. The only issue was who got to ride shot-gun in the SV6. It only has two seats so we had to take two cars to ferry my household to the restaurant.

Getting comfortable in the driver’s seat was quick and easy, the leather steering wheel has height and reach adjustment and the suede trimmed sports bucket seats had cushy, adjustable lumbar supports.

Holden Commodore SV6 Ute Review : A bogan birthday weekender

The ute handled the night-time traffic well, features like blind-spot monitoring came in handy given the length of the vehicle and visibility issues, and reverse traffic alert was of great assistance getting out of parking spots.

Saturday was the big birthday bash, the sun was shining and the partay involved a barbecue and fun in the sun at a nearby National Park.

There’s only one thing to do when you have a ute and you’re headed to a barbecue on a warm day – load up the tub with an esky full of beer and a blow-up pool to spend the afternoon lazing around in!

The soft tonneau cover took a little bit of getting used to, the days of hooks and elastic straps are long gone. The SV6 has plastic strips or a rail, that slot into a groove around the outside of the tub. It can be fiddly but once you get it started, it’s a lot quicker to secure.

The Holden ute range comes equipped with the Holden MyLink system, operated via an eight-inch touch screen that incorporates the reversing camera. You can access embedded apps including Pandora, as well as use voice control for phone, radio and navigation.

It’s really well kitted out inside, with Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod integration, AUX and USB inputs and a CD player. The steering wheel controls are ergonomically designed, giving you easy access to the sound system, trip computer, phone and more.

Holden Commodore SV6 Ute Review : A bogan birthday weekender

With a convoy of party people headed to our destination, the cars were all loaded up with supplies for what was set to be a much anticipated bogan birthday.

The storage options in the cabin were surprising. Space has been allocated for your sunglasses, there are two cup holders and a centre console with armrest. For our purposes, the wellback was also filled to the brim.

The drive out took around 45 minutes and it was an enjoyable run. The steering is firm and direct, handling tight bends well. Being a manual it was certainly in its element out of town (though an automatic transmission is an option if you prefer) and hill hold and hill start assist were a blessing.

Considering the load that was in the back, the ride was relatively smooth, though care had to be taken around gutters and over speed humps thanks to the low clearance at the front especially.

Needless to say, the SV6 provided an excellent party podium and much fun was had by all.

Being raised in regional Queensland, I’ve always had a soft-spot for utes. Though the SV6 wouldn’t be completely at home on the farm or on a work-site due to it’s low clearance and sporty performance, it’s fantastic fun and can cut it in the city. Being a two-seater it’s not designed to be a family car, but perfect I think for both the young and young-at-heart who want to lug stuff around when necessary and then make the tradie/rural life look good when out on the town.


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Holden Ute Specs

SV6 : VF MY15 : 3.6L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - UNLEADED PETROL - UTILITY
Car Details
Make
HOLDEN
Model
UTE
Variant
SV6
Series
VF MY15
Year
2014
Body Type
UTILITY
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$20,460 - $23,250
Dealer Retail
$21,830 - $25,960
Dealer Trade
$16,100 - $18,600
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
3.6L
Cylinders
V6
Max. Torque
350Nm @  2900rpm
Max. Power
210kW @  6400rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
125.7W/kg
Bore & Stroke
94x85.6mm
Compression Ratio
11.3
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.27
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
71Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1671
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1480mm
Length
5040mm
Width
1899mm
Ground Clearance
100mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1600  Unbrake:1000
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.7
Front Rim Size
8x19
Rear Rim Size
8x19
Front Tyres
245/40 R19
Rear Tyres
245/40 R19
Wheel Base
3009
Front Track
1592
Rear Track
1608
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Power front seat Driver
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Sports Suspension, Traction Control System
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control Rear, Power Steering, Reversing Camera, Trip Computer, Voice Recognition System
Engine & Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Body Kit, Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors, Tonneau Cover
Interior
Centre Console Box - Multi-purpose, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Front Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Driver
Satellite Navigation
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
9 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Front Floor
Country of Origin
Australia