Holden Colorado LT could be the best value model in the 2017 Holden Colorado range
When we tested the recently upgraded 2017 Holden Colorado LTZ, we were impressed with the new styling, its capability over the rough stuff and its value for money.
But what happens if you can’t – or choose not – to stump up the $52,490 for the Colorado LTZ auto? Well, you could save nearly $3,000 and go for the Holden Colorado LT 4×4 automatic as tested here.
What’s missing? Well, the biggest omission is the forward collision alert, which should be should be standard on a truck priced in excess of $50k, not only from a safety perspective but it could give Holden an even greater advantage over rivals.
The other stuff that you get in the LTZ but not in the LT is trivial: an 8 inch MyLink screen with satellite navigation – the LT only gets a 7inch screen, nicer alloy wheels and splashes of chrome around the body. Not exactly deal breaking stuff.
And we’ll let you into a little secret about the Colorado LT MyLink system: although it doesn’t have built in nav, if you have a compatible Apple or Android device, your phone’s mapping function can be projected onto the screen, complete with voice guidance.
The Holden Colorado LT is also fitted with a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, air conditioning, power windows, a suite of airbags, automatic headlights and semi-decent stereo. The sorts of things buyers look for when they’re on the hunt for a ute for both work and leisure.
You don’t even get parking sensors as standard on the market dominating Toyota Hilux SR5.
All Holden Colorado models are powered by a 2.8 litre four-cylinder diesel that produces 147kW @ 3600rpm and 500Nm @ 2000-2200rpm. Grunty, but it is a little noisy and unrefined and it could be argued that the powerband is a little narrow.
Our test car was fitted with the optional six-speed automatic, which we suspect will be the gearbox of choice for a number of buyers. While relatively responsive, we found the ‘box to be harsh in a number of shifts, thumping into some gears.
Average fuel consumption is quoted as 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres, and we average around 9 litres per 100 kilometres during the test week.
The Colorado LT gets the smoother, more chisel-jawed look shared with the rest of the 2017 Holden Colorado family and the makeover continues inside the cabin, where slabs of cheap plastic and a generally ugly dash design have made for a more mature and appealing look, made from soft touch surfaces and decent quality plastics.
You could even argue that fit and finish – definitely the use of materials – is better than that in the Hilux, which is cursed with a stylish but cheaply made cabin.
Holden has been smart with the choice of fabric used on the seats. It’s hard wearing, and it’ll be just as good for carting the work crew around as it will be for weekend adventures.
There’s not a whole lot of difference between the Colorado LT and Colorado LTZ. The absence of forward collision alert is a little disappointing, but if you can do without a few frills, you could be pocketing nearly $3,000 in savings.