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Holden Commodore

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 means that the current ZB Commodore isn't from next door, but from the other side of the planet. The German-built model's current prices range from $46,888 for the Commodore VXR to $52,990 for the Commodore VXR.

In a weird way, it kind of works; the original Commodore was basically a reengineered version of the Opel Rekord, so the circle has been completed.

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
2021 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $19,300 $53,130
2021 Wagon 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $23,000 $46,750
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
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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.

  • Mazda 8 - Could Mazda build a Commodore or Statesman-sized sedan?

    The short answer is no, as the Mazda6 has never sold to expectations and all the action in the luxury sphere is in SUVs or crossovers.

    However, with Mazda heading into the premium space and in model-sharing activities with arch-rival Toyota, a 6-style sedan based on the mooted coming, rear-drive and inline six-cylinder powered CX-5 replacement is expected, possibly to be shared with a Toyota or Lexus model. These are pure rumours right now, but a possible scenario as Mazda attempts to amortise the development and engineering costs of its next-generation architectures.

    But we don't believe a sedan or wagon larger than a Mazda6 would be part of these future plans – not in the foreseeable future, anyway.

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  • What transmission box do I have in my 2007 Holden Commodore VE?

    It all depends on what engine is fitted to your car, Karen, as Holden used a range of gearboxes in this series of Commodores. If your car is the base-model version (the Omega) it will be fitted with a four-speed automatic (code-named the 4L60E). If your car is an SV6, it will have either a five-speed automatic (5L40E) or a six-speed manual (the Aisin D173/AY6 unit). If your car is a V8 Commodore, it will have either the six-speed automatic (6L80) or a six-speed manual (Tremec T56) fitted.

    Of all those transmission options, the five-speed automatic was the odd one out as it was only used from the launch of the VE until the first facelift in 2008 when it was replaced by a six-speed automatic.

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  • What oil goes into a 1998 Holden Commodore?

    Assuming your car is a V6, I’d recommend a quality brand of oil with a viscosity of either 5W30 or 10W40. Provided you buy a quality, known brand, it will have all the additives that make modern multi-grade oils so much better than the oils that went before them. If your car runs on LPG (as many Commodores do) then you need to buy an oil that’s designed for use with this fuel. Fundamentally, though, the same rules apply: Stick to the correct grade and weight of oil and only use a quality brand, not the generic-branded supermarket stuff.

    The actual oil capacity for a V6 Commodore of that vintage is 5.3 litres, so if you buy a six-litre pack, you’ll have enough for tops-ups between oil changes. Don’t forget to change the oil filter, too. While some mechanics reckon changing the filter every second oil change is enough, the wisdom of putting nice, clean oil through a dirty filter is beyond me, especially considering an oil filter costs only a few dollars.

    Changing your engine’s oil is probably the best engine insurance you can buy. But you need to do it properly, so a workshop manual is probably a good thing to have as well as it should walk your through the process (important the first time). You also need to be able to dispose of the old oil and filter in an environmentally responsible way, too. But this is a great first maintenance job for the budding home mechanic and can really save you some money over the years. Good luck with it.

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  • Why is my 2005 Holden Commodore overheating?

    There are many, many things that can make a car overheat. A faulty radiator, collapsed radiator hose, jammed thermostat, blown head gasket, low coolant level, incorrect ignition or camshaft timing, faulty fuel injectors, the list goes on and on. So you need to have the car scanned electronically to see if a fault code is offered up that could be the cause or part of the problem. First, though, I’d have a close look at the obvious stuff like a leaking radiator or blown radiator hose to make sure that it’s not a really simple fix. Even a faulty radiator cap – as simple as that sounds – can lead a car to overheat.

    To be honest, a 34-dgree ambient day should never be enough to make a modern car overheat, especially not one like a Holden Commodore which was designed here to easily cope with our weather and temperature extremes.

    It’s interesting to note that you bought the car from a dealer, so it would be worth going back and checking the paperwork to see if the car was sold with any warranty. It’s doubtful, however, as a 2005 model car falls outside the boundaries of Victoria’s statutory warranty legislation (generally a used car must be less than 10 years old and have travelled less than 160,000km before a statutory warranty applies from a licensed car dealer). A good mechanic who knows this type of car should be able to sort it, but have it checked soon; continuing to drive it with an overheating problem is a sure way to make small problems bigger ones.

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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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Holden Commodore Pricing and Specs for 2020

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.