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The new ZB Commodore – how does it stack up?  

With the closure of Australian manufacturing plants and the move to becoming a fully-imported brand, Holden lovers could be forgiven for feeling slightly nervous about the release of the new Commodore ZB. The new model represents a big change, becoming a European-sourced car for the first time in the nameplate’s 30-year history and available with a turbo-diesel engine for the first time ever.

Expanded range and new engine options

The new Commodore is available in three new body styles – a liftback, station wagon (Sportwagon), or high-riding station wagon (Tourer). The range encompasses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines (petrol and diesel) or a 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine (petrol only). Petrol-powered versions now enjoy a 9-speed automatic transmission aiding performance and economy, whilst turbo-diesel versions receive an 8-speed auto.

Never seen before tech

Keen to keep the punters happy, Holden has added a host of new tech to the range including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), lane keep assist and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features on higher models include a 360-degree camera, heated and cooled massage seats, matrix LED lights and wireless phone charging.

On RS and RSV Sportwagon models, you’ll also get a power tailgate and, thanks to an LED light that projects the Holden logo onto the ground, you’ll always know where to put your foot to open the boot.

Impressive interior

The Commodore has long enjoyed a reputation as a spacious car and the new model delivers on old promises, but with a few compromises. Dimensionally, the new model sits somewhere between the VT and VE Commodore. Although head and shoulder room has reduced slightly over its VF predecessor, ZB Commodore delivers the same amount of knee room, helping to deliver that all-important sense of space and comfort.

The cabin is airy and spacious with a slew of storage options, while the quality of materials and finish ensure an upmarket, luxury feel in keeping with the new car’s European origins. Roomy enough to still be considered a large car, it remains an excellent choice for families and those not looking to slot into an SUV.


The new Commodore is in showrooms across the country now. Prices begin at $33,690 for the LT 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol option and go up to $55,990 for the VXR V6 AWD. And remember, if you’re in the market for a new car, give us a buzz. Our dedicated team of car enthusiasts can hook you up with the right finance and deals you won’t get walking in off the street.