Revised Holden Colorado LTZ capable on and off road, well appointed, rugged and great value for money
The current Holden Colorado range is a key bread winner for Holden and does battle with a wide variety of utes on the Australian market. Rivals include include the venerable Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Volkswagen Amarok, it’s distantly related cousin the Isuzu D-Max and even perhaps to a lesser extent, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
That means the Holden needs to offer a wide variety of buyers a range of options and configurations to suit their needs, whether they be for work or play. The Colorado range is indeed diverse. The line-up kicks off with the Colorado LS manual cab chassis 4×2 which is priced from $29,490 plus on road costs and tops out with the dual cab Colorado Z71 4×4 auto, which has a recommended retail price of $57,190, plus on roads.
All Colorado models are powered by a 2.8 litre four cylinder turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine that develops a healthy 147kW @ 3600rpm and 500Nm @ 2000rpm. Customers can choose from either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, depending on the model.
We tested the middle of the Colorado LTZ 4×4 dualcab with the six-speed auto, which retails for $52,690 plus government charges.
The LTZ could be one of the most important Colorado models as its very much a leisure vehicle that’s equipped for family/weekend duties as it is lugging around tools and equipment around worksites.
The standard equipment list is generous: you get dual zone climate, Holden’s MyLink infotainment system which includes satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors – these aren’t even available as an option on the Hilux, alloy wheels, a sports bar, tonneau cover, side steps and even a big decal on the tailgate the spells out “Colorado” just in case you mistake the Holden ute for any of its rivals. Oh, there’s also remote start which is handy. But the system isn’t perfect, as I’ll explain later.
On the road the Colorado LTZ is actually a very decent thing to drive – bearing in mind it’s still a big dual cab ute – the ride is comfortable, although, an empty tray can mean the rear springs can feel a little busy at times. But, it’s bearable. All other road imperfections fairly well.
Steering is decent too, and it doesn’t generate that vague wooly feeling that is often found in vehicles that are designed to go off road.
That 2.8 litre diesel proved to be a gem. It provides bundles of power and torque from fairly low down in the rev range which makes for strong overtaking on the open road, battling obstacles off it and easy towing.
Refinement is good too. While the engine never disguises the fact that it is a diesel, the amount of vibration that filters through to the cabin is minimal, meaning that the Colorado LTZ proved itself a competent long distance cruiser.
Climb aboard and you’ll find that everything is simply laid out, the controls are chunky and it all feels very purposeful. Head and legroom up front is fine, up the back some taller passengers may find that legroom is a little tight. You should be able to fit three across that rear bench without too much drama.
Although we didn’t find the seats back breaking, we did find them a little flat and short on under thigh support. Some of the interior plastics also felt little cheap but hard wearing but then again, this is a ute, not a luxury tourer.
Now, that remote start system. While it generally works like any other remote start system where you push the “Lock” button followed by the curly arrow thing and then the engine bursts into life. It’ll even prime the in car fan to make things are little more comfortable when you jump inside. Nice. You need to turn the key in the barrel once you get in, though, which is a little cumbersome.
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We like the revised Holden Colorado LTZ. We like the way it drives, we like the value and we even like the way it looks. Definitely something to add to the shopping list.