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There was also an ar­ray of stor­age op­tions for small bits and pieces, with door pock­ets some un­der­floor stor­age, a quar­tet of cup hold­ers. Grey plas­tics used in­side were hard but were easy to clean for par­ents messy kids.

Ini­tially, power came from a 1.8-litre four-cylin­der, which was ad­e­quate the task with­out set­ting world on fire. In 2014 it was joined by 1.4-litre turbo four, fit­ted only in LTZ.

Trans­mis­sion op­tions were a five-speed man­ual or six-speed auto in the LS. The LTZ had only six-speeder.

On road Trax was light and easy to drive. Its small size tight turn­ing cir­cle meant it ma­noeu­vre

park. The ride fir­mish, par­tic­u­larly for those in the rear, who would have had a bumpy over speed humps.


Trax own­ers are warm in their praise for the car. It does what they ex­pect of it and so far isn’t let­ting them down.

It’s im­por­tant, how­ever, to un­der­stand its lim­i­ta­tions don’t buy one if doesn’t fit your needs. best around town where size and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity come into their own, mak­ing it a great sec­ond car for the fam­ily — but don’t buy one if you have more than cou­ple of kids. Cer­tainly if

ideas tour­ing coun­try and go­ing off-road. It’s a front-drive hatch, not a bush­basher.

Own­ers are happy with the build qual­ity re­li­a­bil­ity. They also ser­vic­ing costs — capped price you’re up for only $185 per visit, which is ev­ery nine months or 15,000km.

When choos­ing your sec­ond­hand Trax make sure it has an up-to-date ser­vice his­tory.

It’s early days yet in the Trax’s life (on av­er­age a 2013 model will have 80,000km100,000km on the clock) but be aware a tim­ing belt change is due at 150,000km.

It’s worth check­ing with a Holden dealer to en­sure re­call works have been done.


Noel Allsop My wife wanted a small SUV, some­thing that was nim­ble, easy to drive and park. We chose the 1.8-litre LTZ. It has plenty of power good fuel econ­omy, cabin is nice and you can load heaps with the seats folded flat. Ken Petersen I love Trax’s high seat­ing po­si­tion. It has good all-round vi­sion and easy to park re­vers­ing cam­era. It’s quiet com­fort­able, the cabin is nice and per­for­mance quite good. So far it has been re­li­able. Al­lan Thomas My wife loves her 1.8-litre man­ual LS. It goes well, it’s easy to drive and is com­fort­able. The capped price ser­vic­ing five-year war­ranty are bonuses. Kathy Ge­orge I bought my LTZ be­cause it was good value for the money and great a sec­ond fam­ily car. It’s com­fort­able has been for us with two kids.


Small, roomy and re­li­able city car for the com­muter, cou­ples or small fam­ily.

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