Reviewed for you: Holden Colorado LTZ+
There are plenty of options to look at in the dual-cab ute segment, and most of them are dependable options. Holden's Colorado is one of the picks which has been around a long time and proven itself as a 'do it all' workhorse, with some added benefits over the competition. Here’s the Colorado, reviewed for you.
What’s the price and what do you get?
The model lineup for MY20 Holden Colorados has been rejigged, and it all starts at the bottom end, where manual gearboxes have been dropped. The Colorado has become the first workhorse ute to be offered without a manual option on two-wheel drive models, though manuals continue with 4×4 models.
The normal LTZ+ features equipment such as tough wheel arch flares, dark 18-inch alloy wheels, extended black sports bar and “Colorado” splashed across the tailgate. There are comforts such as plush fabric trim seats, carpet and front parking sensors as well as an 8.0-inch touchscreen that incorporates satellite-navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets forward-collision warning (although no auto braking) and lane departure warning.
But the sweet spot is the LTZ+ with a towbar which sneaks the payload in under 1,000kg, making it more attractive for those hoping to take out a novated lease.
What’s the interior like?
There’s good storage for those on the go, such as a pod on top of the dash and a pair of cupholders that will fit large-sized drinks. The door pockets are also usefully sized. As for the presentation, it’s nothing edgy or overly elegant, but the finishes and plastics are in keeping with class expectations, which is still below that of some passenger cars.
The Colorado was the first ute to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, something that makes for easy connectivity of a smartphone. The control screen is also high on the dashboard, making it easy to glance at when at driving.
What’s the passenger space like?
The Colorado has long had one of the more spacious dual-cab ute bodies and absolutely nothing has changed for this MY20 update. That translates to a particularly accommodating back seat, with head and legroom adults will be comfortable with. There’s also decent width to the back seat, and it’s friendly for kids or adults back there.
What’s under the bonnet?
As with most of the rest of the car, nothing has changed with the 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo in the Colorado. That’s no bad thing, with 147kW and a hearty 500Nm to play with (or 440Nm with a manual). It’s the torque that defines the engine, the full whack arriving from as low as 2,000rpm. For that reason, it’s in the middle engine revs that the grunty engine excels, pulling strongly and rarely fussed by hills.
What’s it like on the road?
The suspension is towards the firmer side, which means you’ll feel jiggles and smaller bumps when unladen, but the Colorado steps up its game once you’ve got more weight on board. Indeed, there’s an inherent toughness to the way it disposes of larger bumps, albeit with little elegance in the motions.
Going off-road, there’s generous ground clearance, good wheel articulation and decent underbody protection, particularly if you go for the optional Xtreme or Farmer packs with their chunkier steel shields.
Over faster gravel roads and sand it powers through nicely, and its suspension is certainly up to the task of some big hits. It’ll also clamber over some fairly serious rocks and ridges without getting caught up. And carrying things and towing is a big part of the Colorado’s remit, with a claimed tow capacity of 3,500kg and near one-tonne payload.
What about safety?
The Colorado’s safety credentials haven’t changed for 2020 and amount to a solid structure with seven airbags to help it achieve a five-star safety rating. That safety rating wouldn’t stick if the Colorado were retested today, because it’s missing the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) now common on passenger cars. Instead, there’s a forward collision alert system that beeps and flashes if it detects a potential crash. There’s also lane departure warning to alert if you’re wandering out of the lane.
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