SHED: HOLDEN COLORADO LTZ

SWAP­PING OUT­BACK DUST FOR AROUND-TOWN DU­TIES.

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DOU­BLE-CAB utes are the multi-tool of the four-wheel drive world. They are made to do every­thing from out­back tour­ing, fam­ily com­mut­ing, tow­ing, haul­ing a load and head­ing of­froad. We ticked off the out­back tour­ing part of the equa­tion last month when we took the Colorado LTZ to Alice Springs and back via Ood­na­datta and the Finke Desert Race, and it per­formed im­pec­ca­bly in those con­di­tions.

This month it played the com­muter: run­ning around town, pick­ing up crap and do­ing gen­eral ute stuff. As a load­lug­ger it has con­tin­ued its ex­cel­lent per­for­mance; we haven’t had any­thing heavy stored in the back, but the tiedown points are well-po­si­tioned and easy to use and the plas­tic bed­liner pro­tects the metal tray from scratches. We’re still get­ting the out­back dust out of it, though.

The Colorado is prov­ing to be a con­ve­nient ve­hi­cle to get about town in, but any dual-cab is long – gen­er­ally up­wards of five me­tres – and the Holden is no ex­cep­tion. As such, it gen­er­ally over­hangs most city park­ing spa­ces. How­ever, park­ing is made eas­ier with the stan­dard rear-view cam­era and sen­sors on the front to warn you when you’re get­ting too close.

Gen­eral vis­i­bil­ity from the driver’s seat isn’t great, but it’s on par with any of these late-model utes. The doors come up high and the A-pil­lars are thick and

THE DURAMAX’S 500NM IS AP­PRE­CI­ATED AROUND TOWN

swept back; both these traits re­strict vi­sion around the car. The cabin is also av­er­age for the class, as most dual-cabs lack a big driver’s com­part­ment.

I can’t sit up straight with­out my hair rub­bing the roof (185cm), but there is plenty of el­bow room, ad­e­quate leg room and the seat is com­fort­able and re­mained so on the long haul.

Stan­dard sat-nav, Blue­tooth and Ap­ple Carplay all make liv­ing with the Colorado easy, both on the high­way and around town; al­though, an­other USB out­let in ad­di­tion to the sin­gle one in the con­sole would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Holden did a great job im­prov­ing the re­fine­ment of the Colorado with the 2017 makeover, even mak­ing changes to the four-cylin­der Duramax diesel en­gine, but it re­mains noisy and harsh. It has a nig­gling vi­bra­tion at around the 1500rpm mark, which is where the en­gine cruises on at 80km/h – a small an­noy­ance, not a deal breaker. All four-cylin­der diesels are the same, so it comes back to how well the ve­hi­cle iso­lates it.

The Duramax’s 500Nm is re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated around town as it de­liv­ers snappy off-the-mark ac­cel­er­a­tion, which is great for pulling out of side streets and into mov­ing traf­fic – this punchy per­for­mance more than makes up for the nig­gling NVH. That 500Nm fig­ure makes the Duramax the most pow­er­ful four-cylin­der diesel in the class for now, un­til Ford’s bi-turbo 2.0-litre lands later this year; but the Duramax does it with a sin­gle tur­bocharger and more ca­pac­ity. It’s some­what eco­nom­i­cal, too, de­liv­er­ing 11.29L/100km around town over the past month.

Sen­sors and a rear-view cam­era makes par­al­lel park­ing a cinch. XXXX

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