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2013 Australia’s Best Cars – Best Large Car under $60k – Holden Commodore SV6 – test and review

It's a big call but the Holden Commodore VFcould well be the best car ever made in Australia.

It was this 'ultimate evolution' that elevatedthe VF to the winner's rostrum for the first time.

An improvement over previous generationCommodores in just about every area.

Holden's 210kW, 350Nm 3.

6-litre V6 is a responsiveunit, particularly when paired with a six-speed auto that shows improved kick-down responseand shift smoothness.

And for an electric power steering system, the VF has one of thebest, being speed sensitive, nicely weighted and in full communication with the driver.

The SV6 boasts big brothers', the SS and SS-V,FE2 suspension.

Set firm, it endows the SV6 with a handling competency that belies a carof this size.

Standard equipment includes Auto Park Assist(which autonomously steers the vehicle into parallel or reverse parking positions), Bluetoothphone and audio streaming, USB and AUX inputs, auto lights, voice recognition and dual-zoneclimate control.

But it's not just creature comforts and practicalitems – safety is paramount, with six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS and tractioncontrol fitted.

In the great tradition of the Aussie familycar, Holden's Commodore VF is very much complete.

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Australia’s Best Cars 2014 – Best Large Car under $70,000 – Holden VF Commodore SV6

The winner of Australia's Best Cars Best LargeCar under $70,000 is the VF Commodore SV6.

As an all round package it really offers buyersof large cars a very competent all rounder.

The Commodore will certainly appeal to anybodywho wants a spacious sedan and also something that actually on the road really can providethe goods in terms of performance it offers really good strong in gear acceleration andthe suspension and ride package is really well developed.

It really shows that localengineering that's gone into it to suit it to our conditions, our roads.

It doesn't matterwhether its on a piece of tarmac or driving round an unsealed corrugated piece of road- it just rides well and you point it in the corners and it turns in nicely.

It handlesbrilliantly for such a big car.

It's also rates very well in terms of insurance costs- it scored a 10 this year, really can't do much better than that.

It's very affordable.

It offers space for 5 people.

They can be seated in relative comfort in all positions.

Its got a great boot.

Theres a lot of people going away from large cars because of fuelconsumption issues but the Commodore still impresses for what it delivers in terms ofa large car.

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2017 Holden Trax LTZ Review

Pint size SUVs may be the runt of the litterbut, just because they are affordable, it doesn’t mean that they should miss out onfeatures.

Recognising that buyers are looking for morefor their money, Holden’s updated its Trax range.

This LTZ model comes packed with more driverassistance aids and technology.

Updated for 2017 the whole Holden Trax rangenow boasts Apple Car Play and Android Auto Integration, Projection Headlamps with daytimerunning lamps and fresh new styling, both inside and out.

This up spec LTZ model also adds blind spotmonitoring and rear cross traffic alert; features which are not always found at this end ofthe market.

The Trax LTZ is powered by a 1.

4 litre, fourcylinder turbo petrol engine which is now also available, for the first time, on theentry level LS.

In all models it is paired with a six speedautomatic transmission with manual select.

The 1.

4 litre turbo engine is zesty enoughand it is certainly adequate for around town driving.

But on inclines it has to work quite hardand is a bit noisy under load.

The manual select does allow for better controlof gearing but I am not a fan of the shift amounted system.

Paddle shifters are so much easier to use.

The Trax range has also been updated witha number of styling changes.

There is a new exterior treatment on the frontand rear and new interior console and trim.

The LTZ also adds new LED taillights and indicatorson the wing mirrors and an updated driver information display.

It combines to give the car a more of premiumlook.

Unfortunately the premium feel doesn’t carryon throughout the cabin.

Some of the plastics are pretty hard and theleather appointed seats, while they are heated in the front, are not as plush as some ofthe competitors.

This is something that the best-selling MazdaCX-3 does really well.

All is not lost, however, as the cabin layoutin the Trax is very straightforward.

The position of the controls are where youexpect them to be and functions like cruise control are easy to use.

The seven inch touch-screen display is plainbut functional too.

It is not trying too hard and it is thereforea breeze to get used to.

And that is important for newer and olderdrivers who are likely to be the main buyers of the Trax – the less complication the better.

Disappointingly there is no proprietary navigation,only the tools that come with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and I reckon, for the price,buyers deserve a better navigation system.

While it is disappointing that there is noavailable autonomous emergency braking, those other driver assistance aids are an importantinclusion and the technology and design updates will ensure that Trax remains fresh and relevantamong the competition.

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