OFF THE boil

The Colorado was the big mover in 4WD ute sales this time last year but has hit a snag

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Ute Review: Holden Colorado -

The Colorado is the high­est ranked of the best-sell­ing 4WD utes that has gone back­wards in sales in the first six months of 2018 com­pared with the same time last year. The slower 2018 sales come off the back of a big surge in 2017 with a year-onyear 11.2 per cent slide re­vers­ing most of the 2017 gains.

This gen­er­a­tion Colorado first ap­peared in 2012, was tweaked just 12 months later and then again the year after be­fore be­ing pulled com­pletely apart and put back together again for the

2017 model year. What re­sulted was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle from what had gone be­fore.

The changes to the en­gine, trans­mis­sion, chas­sis and body were deep, ex­ten­sive and thor­ough, re­sult­ing in a ve­hi­cle that’s far smoother and qui­eter en­gine-wise, rides and han­dles bet­ter on road and is far more ca­pa­ble off-road.

The Colorado’s strong points in­clude its punchy 2.8-litre en­gine that lives up to the prom­ise of its 500Nm, a fig­ure that bet­ters the 470Nm of the no­tably big­ger en­gine in the Ranger. The Colorado’s en­gine is revvy and will­ing and is aided by what is the best of the au­to­matic gear­boxes in any ute bar Volk­swa­gen’s Amarok.

The Colorado is also now a pol­ished on-road drive in terms of its steer­ing and sus­pen­sion per­for­mance and if you want it to carry or tow any­thing no­tably heavy, it will do that too with­out com­plaint.

Best of all, the Colorado is now much bet­ter off road thanks to its elec­tronic trac­tion control that’s been specif­i­cally tweaked to im­prove its off-road ef­fec­tive­ness. It’s still no Hilux, Ranger or Amarok off-road, but it’s far bet­ter than what it was.

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