Holden ZB Commodore: your questions answered
There’s no getting around it. Holden’s new ZB Commodore is doing it tough with Australian buyers. Not just because it’s the first Commodore designed and built overseas, but because of some inevitably huge philosophical changes from its home-grown predecessors.
As of September, Commodore sales were down more than 57% year on year, part of a wider tale of sales woe for the General.
Does this mean the ZB is a bad thing? More likely that the market isn’t quite sure what to make of it. For this is a different kind of Commodore for a different kind of buyer.
Who are its rivals?
‘Commodore’ means a large, rear-wheel-drive car with a big six-cylinder or V8 engine, right?
Not anymore. The ZB, while still categorised as a large car, is similar in size to Toyota’s Camry, Ford’s Mondeo, Hyundai’s Sonata, Kia’s Optima, Mazda’s 6, Subaru’s Liberty and other ‘big’ mid-sizers, and largely four-cylinder-powered. So, if you’re tossing up between them, add the Holden to your list.
How practical is it?
The ZB’s body is narrower than its forebears and far less happy seating three burly adults across the back. But the cabin is otherwise sprawling, right up there with the roomiest of its competitors, and more elegantly presented, too.
The Commodore’s 490-litre boot is also a little smaller than its predecessor’s but the move to a hatchback body (or ‘liftback’ in Holden speak) means that space is much more accessible, and versatility is boosted by the move from a narrow ‘ski port’ in the centre to a proper split-folding back seat. A wagon option, too, remains on offer for those with more serious carting needs.
What technology does it have?
The ZB taps into the most contemporary serve of technology of any Commodore so far, debuting everything from autonomous emergency braking and a surround-view camera to ventilated seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring and wireless phone charging.
What’s under the bonnet?
Lower level Commodores have ditched their 3.0-litre V6 for a 191kW 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder/nine-speed auto drivetrain but it’s no backwards step because it’s both stronger and more economical than the old donk. The ZB also introduces the first diesel option in Commodore history and, for those who value pace over thrift, there’s a growling 235kW 3.6-litre V6.
How does it drive?
Traditionalists will bemoan the loss of the VF’s rear-drive handling balance and ability to nonchalantly eat up the rough stuff, but the ZB steers with smile-raising authority while adequately soaking up all but the craggiest surfaces. All-wheel-drive V6 models add extra surefootedness in wet, slippery or unsealed conditions.
The base LT Liftback starts from $33,690, while the sporty V6-powered VXR AWD Liftback tops the range from $55,990. RS and RS-V, and more luxury-orientated Calais ($40,990) and Calais-V trims, fill the gap. Like all Holdens, it’s covered by a five-year warranty and lifetime fixed-price servicing program.
What’s the deal with a novated lease?
You’ll get into a ZB Commodore liftback for even less with a Smartleasing novated lease! With our buying power discount and instant 10% saving on GST, the Commodore starts at $454* per fortnight, including finance, fuel, registration, full comp insurance, tyres, and maintenance.
PLUS, Holden is offering a $1,500 rebate when Smartleasing orders your vehicle for you. But Hurry, offer ends 31 December 2018.
So, just how good a deal can we do you on the new ZB Commodore liftback? Request a quote now.