The least costly Commodore is the Evoke, which comes with the smaller V6, cloth seat trim, 16-inch wheels, and the equipment in all Commodores. A tyre repair kit is standard, but you can have a space-saver or full-sized spare tyre as an option.
Spend more and you can have an SV6, historically the most popular VF Commodore. That brings you the bigger V6 engine, leather wrap on the steering wheel, and some fake leather on the seats. You can leave its proximity key in your pocket or bag while unlocking and starting the car. There is satellite navigation, and a head-up display (a speedo and tacho show on the windscreen). And you gain LED daytime running lamps, a blind-spot alert, and a rear-traffic alert.
The SV6 also has a stiffer, ‘sports’ suspension setup, and bigger (18-inch) wheels with wider and lower profile tyres, for more grip and more responsive steering. The big wheels work with a rear wing and side skirts to add some visual flair. The nose also looks different from the Evoke, with less chrome, a wider grille opening, and small vents near the outer edge of the bonnet.
The Commodore SS has the same equipment and similar styling treatment, but steps up the wheel size to 19 inches, comes with the V8 engine, and has a limited-slip differential (which can help the car accelerate by reducing wheelspin).
(Formerly the next price step took you to the SS-V, which had 19-inch wheels and added front foglights and part-leather trim. About January 2017 Holden dropped the SS-V from the Commodore line-up, however.)
Spending more again will get you an SS-V Redline, which uses the same V8 engine but stiffens the suspension another notch and adds bigger, more powerful Brembo brakes. Wheel diameter remains 19 inches but wider rear tyres are fitted. The automatic transmission gains shift paddles on the steering wheel. Smart key entry allows you to unlock the car with your key safe in a pocket or handbag. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains. There is a sunroof, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system. Driver aids include a system that warns you of an impending frontal collision, at speeds over 40km/h.
The Calais shifts the focus from performance to comfort. It returns to the 3.6 litre V6 engine and drops the limited-slip differential. Equipment is generally at SV6 level, but the 18-inch wheels are shod with slightly narrower and taller-profile tyres, the suspension tune is softer, and the cabin has leather trim. Only an automatic gearbox is available.
The Calais V comes as a V6 or a V8, and generally mirrors the SS-V Redline’s fit-out but with 19-inch wheels and the softer suspension. It adds powered and heated front seats, and heated exterior mirrors with lights to illuminate the ground near the doors.
Each version except (for 2017) the Calais is available as a wagon – marketed as Sportwagon.
As a send-off for the Australian-built Commodore, for which production is to end in October 2017, Holden has also offered two enhanced sports sedans in small numbers.
The Commodore Motorsport Edition is based on the SS-V Redline, but adds adaptive suspension, better cooling and brakes, heated front seats, and cosmetic enhancements, while increasing wheel size to 20 inches. Holden said it would build up to 1200 of these.
The Commodore Director is a Calais V with similar modifications, limited to 360 vehicles.