AT A GLANCE
tyre compounds and tread patterns to improve comfort, cornering and braking, especially in the wet.
There is more sound deadening between the engine and the driver. The front side windows are now 4mm thick rather than 3mm, to dull road noise. New rubber mounts for the engine, transmission and body aim to add refinement.
Manual models have a new final drive ratio to ease progress from rest when towing a heavy load (previously this mostly led to stalling).
The automatic transmission has less shudder (thanks to a HOLDEN COLORADO LTZ PRICE $50,640 drive-away (auto adds $2200) WARRANTY 3 years/100,000km CAPPED SERVICING $1396 over 3 years SERVICE INTERVAL 9 months/15,000km SAFETY 5 stars, 7 airbags ENGINE 2.8-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 147kW/440Nm (auto 500Nm) TRANSMISSION 6-speed man, 6-speed auto; 4WD THIRST 7.9L-8.7L/100km DIMENSIONS 5361mm (L), 1874mm (W), 1800mm (H), 3096mm (WB) WEIGHT 2121kg-2128kg SPARE Full-size alloy TOWING 3500kg PAYLOAD 1022kg-1029kg (auto) TURNING CIRCLE 12.7m new internal “energy absorbing damper” usually only found in German luxury cars) and holds on to the engine’s torque better, rather than trying to slur a gear change in pursuit of economy.
That said, fuel consumption is also down slightly; our 200km-plus of open road driving, unladen, returned 8.5L/100km.
Based on a preview drive on pot-holed mountain roads and coarse rural roads, Holden has closed the gap to the class leaders.
We tested five models, including three crew-cab LTZ utes with four adults on board, initially with an empty tray, then with 200kg and later with 500kg.
Unusually, there was not a significant change in ride comfort, laden or otherwise. The same can’t be said of most other utes (although the Ranger does well to disguise a load).
The only clue to the Colorado’s cargo was slightly lighter steering and longer braking distances, to pull up the extra weight.
The steering feel and general comfort when unladen — which is how most are driven — have gone from bottom of the pack to within cooee of the benchmark Volkswagen Amarok and Ranger XLT. There used to be reasons not to buy a Colorado but Holden has eliminated them. It’s a better truck with more equipment and a sharp drive-away price. The HiLux and Ranger won’t have the ute market to themselves much longer.