Holden Colorado Dual Cab Ute Range Review

Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab
Holden released it’s all new Colorado in June 2012. Totally new from the ground up the Colorado competes in a hotly contested market segment.

Pricing for the Holden Colorado ranges from $26,990 RRP for the DX 4×2 Single Cab, powered by a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine with manual transmission, to $51,990 RRP for the top-of-the-range 2.8 litre diesel LTZ Colorado 4×4 Crew Cab with automatic transmission.

Colorado comes in four model variants, three cab styles and two body styles. In addition there are two transmission choices, a 5 speed manual and 6 speed automatic and a choice of two all-new four cylinder Duramax turbo diesel engines, a 2.5 litre or 2.8 litre powertrain option.

The 2.8 litre turbo-diesel generates 132 kW @ 3,800rpm of power and maximum 470 Nm @ 2,000rpm of torque when teamed with the six-speed auto, and a maximum 440 Nm of torque when teamed with five-speed manual transmission.

Vehicles powered by the 2.8 litre diesel engine will benefit from a class-leading towing capacity of 3.5 tonne and a tow ball rating of 350Kg.

The 2.5 litre turbo-diesel is rated at 110 kW and produces 350 Nm of torque and will have an impressive 3.0 tonne towing capacity and a tow ball rating of 300Kg.

To emphasise its workhorse qualifications, every Colorado in the range is rated to carry a one tonne payload with some models able to carry up to 1.4 tonne.

The new Colorado offers an extensive choice of accessories to allow owners to customise their vehicle including a snorkel for the 2.8 litre diesel range, steel bull bar, body-coloured hard tonneau covers, alloy sports bar and nudge bar, steel and aluminium trays and canopy with unique glass areas.

Over 65 per cent of the accessories in the Colorado portfolio are unique to Holden and were developed and engineered in Australia.

Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab-dash

Internally the Colorado has a fresh and spacious feel with adequate head and shoulder room and the rear passengers will not be cramped.

The 2012 Holden Colorado is packed with lifestyle and comfort features including on the LTZ Air-conditioning , power windows , Bluetooth® connectivity , USB input with iPod® connectivity , cruise control , leather wrap steering wheel with multifunction controls, front fog lamps , 17” alloy wheels (5) , projector headlamps , chrome exterior mirrors with side turn signal , LED tail lights , Soft tonneau , alloy sports bar, side steps , electronic climate control , 8-way electric adjustable driver’s seat , 8 speakers (Crew Cab)

Colorado also has a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), driver and front passenger airbags and full length curtain airbags standard across the range. Like others now the Colorado has a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

The Colorado is an ideal Ute for towing with class leading capacity, and for off road use. Throw in the fact that it looks great and is comfortable to drive and Holden have themselves a winner here.

What is Good
• Off road ability
• Towing Capacity
• Style

What is Not so Good
• Some Trim rattles
• Blue Speedo Dials
• Sports Bar

Model Holden Colorado LTZ
Model Price $56,29 RDAP
Engine 2.8L TDCI 4 Cylinder
Drivetrain 6sp Auto
Power 132 Kw @ 3,800 rpm
Torque 470 Nm @ 2,000 rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions g/km 243
Green Vehicle Rating 2.5 Star
Fuel (ADR comb) 9.1 L/100Km
Tow Capacity – Max 3500 kg
Tow Ball Rating 350 kg
Warranty 3yr/ 100,000 km with full roadside assist

Overall OzRoamer Rating 81/100
Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride & Handling 7
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 8
Towing Ability 10
Off Road Ability 8
Value for Money 8

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.

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