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Holden Commodore Review, For Sale, Colours, Models, Specs & News

The locally-built Holden Commodore was kind of like Australia's girl next door – we fell for it almost as soon as it arrived in showrooms back in 1978. And just like the girl next door who grew into a beautiful woman, the last Australian-built VF II was the best Holden ever made. 

However, the end of local manufacturing meant the final ZB Commodore wasn't from next door, but from the other side of the planet. The German-built model's prices ranged from $25,990 for the Commodore RS to $29,988 for the Commodore RS.

In a weird way, it kind of works; the original Commodore was basically a reengineered version of the Opel Rekord, so the circle had been completed. After a dramatic decline in sales, the Commodore nameplate was finally discontinued in Australia in December of 2019.

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Holden Commodore Colours

  • Summit White
  • Nitrate Silver
  • Abalone White
  • Cosmic Grey
  • Absolute Red
  • Mineral Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Holden Commodore 2019.

Holden Commodore Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Commodore varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $19,300 and going to $53,130 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $19,300 $53,130
2020 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $23,000 $46,750
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $15,400 $46,420
2019 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $17,600 $40,810
2018 Wagon —, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $33,220
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $13,500 $37,730
2017 Sedan 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $12,400 $60,720
2017 Wagon 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $13,100 $56,210
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $14,300 $33,440
2016 Sedan 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,000 $49,390
2016 Wagon 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,600 $52,690
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Holden Commodore Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Commodore here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is the difference between the 2017 VF Series 2 Holden Commodore SV6 and SV6 Black Edition?

    Let’s start with what made a 2017 Holden Commodore an SV6. Over and above the standard Commodore specification, ordering an SV6 also got you the higher-spec V6 engine with 210kW, 18-inch alloy wheels, FE2 (firmer) suspension, LED daytime running lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a body kit.

    The Black Edition package, meanwhile, was a visual enhancement package that could be specified with either a Commodore SV6 or SS (the V8 model) and, in the case of the SV6, added specific black alloy wheels (still 18 inches) a blacked-out grille, black rear lip spoiler, Black Edition badging, satellite navigation, an improved info-screen, red stitching on the seats and specific floor mats.

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  • Can my 2003 Holden Commodore use ethanol E10 fuel? I usually use Octane 95.

    Yes, your Commodore is suitable to run on either E5 or E10 ethanol-blended fuel. Switching to E10 would definitely save you a few dollars per week versus filling up with 95-octane unleaded.

     

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  • Why does the engine in my 2002 Holden Commodore stop for no reason?

    Based on the symptoms, it sounds like something is getting hot and shutting down. When you leave it to cool for those 10 minutes, it fires up again. This could be something in the ignition system becoming too hot, or the fuel system (fuel pump) or perhaps even fuel vaporisation.

    However, the V6 engine in your Commodore is very well known – notorious, even – for a crank-angle sensor that can stop working when it becomes too hot. This is a condition that seems to set in with age and, as the sensor becomes less tolerant of heat, will simply shut own the engine with no warning. Here’s something to try next time it happens: Identify the sensor in question (it’s located down by the front pulley of the engine’s crankshaft. Keep a bottle of tap-water in the car boot. When the engine stops next time, open the bonnet and pour the cool water on to the sensor. In many cases, the water is enough to cool the sensor and the engine starts right up. Definitely worth a shot before you start replacing other bits and pieces.

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  • The roof lining in my VE Holden Commodore is starting to sag. Is it easy to repair the headliner of a Commodore or will I need to get it completely replaced?

    You shouldn’t need to replace the entire roof lining in your car, but it will need to be removed to have the replacement foam and cloth covering applied. Any roof lining repair will involve getting rid of the old foam that has broken down and caused the delamination of the backing board and the cloth or vinyl. From there, the new foam and cloth can be applied to your original backing board and the assembly refitted to the car.

    Another alternative is to have a new headliner installed, sometimes a reconditioned unit that some motor trimmers have on the shelf, ready to go. Some companies will even come to you and replace the roof lining in your driveway or work car-park. You can also source or buy a second-hand roof lining from a wrecked car which, in the case of a common model like a Holden VE Commodore shouldn’t be hard to find. You’ll still need to remove the old one and fit the new one, however. In some instances, you may still be able to buy a brand-new roof lining from the manufacturer, but that’s a long shot and will cost a lot more.

    Meanwhile, a VE Commodore roof lining replacement cost will be roughly anywhere from $300 to $600 depending on whether you want the repairer to come to you, you’re happy with a standard (not custom) covering and the car is a standard model. A car with a sunroof fitted will add to that total as it’s a fiddlier job with more to remove and replace.

    Repairing the roof lining yourself is not a simple job, as it requires the removal of a bunch of fittings such as interior lights, sun-visors, interior mirrors and that’s before you can even try to manoeuvre the single-piece roof lining out through one of the car’s doors. That’s the reason you see a lot of cars getting around with their roof lining patched up and held in place with everything from thumb tacks to staples.

    This all goes back to the 1990s when car-makers discovered that a single-piece, structural-cardboard backing board covered in foam and then cloth or vinyl was a much cheaper alternative than the traditional metal-bow roof lining. The new system was also much faster to fit on an assembly line. But with time and heat cycles, the foam that many car-makers used breaks down into a fine, powdery dust at which point the adhesion between the layers is lost and the cloth sags down and billows into the cabin. Replacing the degraded foam and fitting new cloth or vinyl is the best solution and will return the roof lining to as-new.

    There’s more information on what’s involved here.

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Holden Commodore Wheel Size

The Holden Commodore has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x55 R17 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2020 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Sedan 225x60 R16 16x7 inches 225x60 R16 16x7 inches
2016 Sedan 225x60 R16 16x7 inches 225x60 R16 16x7 inches
2016 Wagon 225x60 R16 16x7 inches 225x60 R16 16x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Commodore Wheel Sizes

Holden Commodore Dimensions

The dimensions of the Holden Commodore Hatchback, Wagon and Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2020 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2019 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2019 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2018 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2018 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2017 Sedan 1476x1899x4894 mm 110 mm
2017 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2017 Wagon 1483x1863x4986 mm 105 mm
2016 Sedan 1476x1899x4894 mm 110 mm
2016 Wagon 1476x1899x4894 mm 110 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Commodore Dimensions

Holden Commodore Fuel Consumption

The Holden Commodore is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel, PULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.6L/100km for Hatchback /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 8.9L/100km 3.6L ULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 8.3L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 11.5L/100km 6.2L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Wagon 5.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 8.6L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 8.3L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 11.5L/100km 6.2L PULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Wagon 8.6L/100km 3.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Wagon 11.7L/100km 3.6L PULP 6 SP AUTO
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Holden Commodore Towing Capacity

The Holden Commodore has maximum towing capacity of 2100kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2020 Wagon 1800kg 2100kg
2019 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2019 Wagon 1800kg 2100kg
2018 Wagon 0kg 2100kg
2018 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2017 Sedan 1600kg 2100kg
2017 Wagon 1600kg 2100kg
2017 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2016 Sedan 1600kg 2100kg
2016 Wagon 1600kg 2100kg
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Holden Commodore Seats

The following Holden Commodore is available with five seats. The LT variant comes with Jet Black cloth seat trim. The RS variant is available with Jet Black cloth and Sportec seat trim. Jet Black perforated leather-appointed seat trim is available on the RS-V, VXR and Calais-V variants. The Calais comes with Jet Black leather appointed trim.

Shown above are seat details for the Holden Commodore 2019.