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Holden Colorado ute


Originally called the Rodeo, the Holden Colorado was not only given a new name – it got a new face, engine and a panel redesign, resulting in a fresh, stylish look

Our test model is a 3-litre Colorado LT Diesel. It is a roomy double cab utility with canopy, built-in tough tray and 16-inch alloys.

The Holden Colorado features a stylish yet practical interior, an easily accessible cab and room the kids in this double-cab.

The dash is relatively clean and uncluttered, with large, easy-to-read instruments and the driving position is among the best in class. The shapely front chairs cosset you on long runs.

The generous interior space works well for a crew of workers or a family, with a comfy back seat that will accommodate three with minimal fuss. The rear legroom is good for a ute, and the seat back is pleasantly angled for a more natural position.

All seats, including those in the back, have three-point seatbelts along with anti-side intrusion bars and dual front airbags.

The soft floor carpets can be easily removed for cleaning, which is especially handy if you’re wearing dirty work boots or if the dog decides to join you.

Our test model included air conditioning, chrome mirrors and handles, a leather-strapped steering wheel and gear selector, cruise control, Bluetooth, a six-disc CD player, central locking and power windows.

Although this vehicle is tough, the well-sorted suspension suppresses jarring over bumps very well. This may be an indication the rear isn’t as heavily sprung as some of the competitor product, which may affect ride control with a full payload. Still, the maximum GCM of 5900kg isn’t to be sneezed at.

The ute switches easily to 4WD high on the fly and keeps the ute from shifting around on gravel at moderate speeds; this reassuring level of control and pleasant road behavior makes it an easy steer overall.

4WD low gives extra bite on the slippery stuff and all models are fitted with a limited slip diff. In the conventional road-mode 2WD some care is needed; with 120kW and 360Nm of torque on tap (autos have reduced torque, 333Nm) it’s easy to light the rear end in the wet. But otherwise, the rack and pinion steering is responsive and the double wish bone suspension gives a car-like feeling.

Maneouvrability is good considering the unit’s mass, and large wing mirrors offer good visibility, whether cruising on the open road or reversing up to the loading ramp.

The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with the Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) allowed for smooth braking and greater safety, however the Colorado was missing Electronic Stability Control. The front disc and drum rear braking systems provided the solid performance without showing signs of fade with harder stops.

The powerful four-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine is a little noisy on acceleration, but once at cruising speed it calms down. It has surprisingly quick performance – you’ll easily sneak over the speed limit unnoticed.

Depending on which of the 18 model line-up you select, the fuel economy ranges from 7.9 to 9.0 litres per 100km.

The double cabs offer moderate sized trays of 1419mm long, 1082mm wide between the wheel arches, 1553mm at its widest point and 470mm deep. It’s a handy space and, partnered with a lockable canopy, all the equipment like spades, shovels and boxes will fit inside.

There are plenty of other options available as all Holden utes come un-lined and un-covered as standard.

The Colorado’s powerful engine means it has a towing capacity of 3000kg with a braked trailer.

Like its popular predecessor, the Colorado is a great option for a family vehicle as well as a rugged farm workhorse. It’s towing and carry capacity will ensure it earns its keep on the farm. Its entertaining dynamics and ease of use will appeal on the road too.

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