Big hit with the guys

Aus­tralia’s own, the iconic Holden Ute, is start­ing to lose its shine, writes Neil Dowl­ing

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

BE­ING ac­knowl­edged as the coun­try that in­vented the ute is like be­ing lauded for be­ing the first per­son to mar­ket pet rocks. It’s a nov­elty that is start­ing to wane. Yes, utes have their place— and will con­tinue to have a place — in any in­dus­try that in­volves it­self in mov­ing things that can’t be car­ried by hu­mans.

But in a world that is heav­ing to­wards space and fuel-ef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion, a two-seat semi-com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle with a thirst for dwin­dling fos­sil fu­els is start­ing to lose its gloss.

Value

HOLDEN’S SV6 ute is not a bad piece of work, once you fig­ure out what to do with it.

At $38,490 plus on-road costs, it’s an ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cle com­pared with some over­seas-made utes that are more pur­pose-de­signed to haul stuff.

The SV6 has Holden’s rather hoars­esound­ing 3.6-litre V6 that, later this year, gets the abil­ity to run on E85. In some states, that in­di­cates a small fuel sav­ing.

Stan­dard kit in the SV6 in­cludes sports seats, Blue­tooth in­te­gra­tion with iPod/USB con­nec­tiv­ity, 18-inch al­loy wheels, cruise con­trol, a neat

Five stars: the Com­modore SV6 Ute gets a lot of credit for its safety.

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