TEST DRIVE WITH Woman's Day

Editor-in-chief FIONA CONNOLLY hit the road in the new Holden Trax – here’s what she thought...

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Motoring -

As a mag­a­zine editor, I’ve been asked to test many weird and won­der­ful prod­ucts over the years, but noth­ing has been quite as ad­ven­tur­ous as the past week I’ve spent run­ning around Syd­ney test driv­ing a car.

“Hon­estly, don’t worry if you have any mishaps,” the mar­ket­ing man­ager told me as she handed me the keys to a brand new Holden Trax. Was she psy­chic? Or had she’d dis­cov­ered just how bad my driv­ing record ac­tu­ally is?!

My first “mishap” was lit­er­ally two min­utes later as I drove out of the work car park, bump­ing into one gut­ter af­ter an­other as I made my way up the cir­cu­lar drive­way. So this is what the Holden team meant by “zippy”!

Thank­fully, the bumpy be­gin­ning was user-er­ror and by the end of the 15-minute car trip home, I was ab­so­lutely LOV­ING “zip­ping” in Syd­ney’s traf­fic.

“Zippy” it turns out, means you can eas­ily duck and weave in heavy traf­fic (I’m a mas­sive lane-changer, sorry Syd­ney driv­ers!). It means quick ac­cel­er­a­tion, great vis­i­bil­ity and easy steer­ing.

I drive a medium-sized SUV and I’ve al­ways en­joyed be­ing high on the road with­out feel­ing like I’m driv­ing a trac­tor around the city. I didn’t think I’d be able to get the height I wanted in a smaller model SUV, but where the Holden Trax might be on the small side, it is TALL! You won’t have to bend or twist to get into this car, and with a push-but­ton en­gine start, it was a treat to not have to find the keys in my mas­sive hand­bag as I jug­gled my morn­ing cup of tea.

And as a to­tal Lud­dite when it comes to tech­nol­ogy, the con­nec­tiv­ity of the Holden Trax was a cinch. While sat nav does not come stan­dard with the car, a sim­ple Blue­tooth con­nec­tion had my phone set up in sec­onds. For once in my life I didn’t have to call on my son to come and sort me out!

If you’re like me and you love rock­ing out to a bit of Barnsey on a Fri­day af­ter work, you’ll ll be im­pressed with the stereo o in the Holden Trax, too.

And then came the big g test… was I go­ing to fit my two boys (one seven-year­arold who likes to save all his ar­gu­ments with his brother for the car, and the other, the longest­legged 13-year-old in Aus­tralia), plus their enor­mous school bags AND a week’s gro­ceries?

TICK! Not only did we sur­vive the trip with­out an all-in brawl, but I also fit in a car­ton of beer for my part­ner, re­turn­ing home, , at least in my mind, a hero! !

The Holden Trax is zippy around town. The com­pact SUV is easy to park, too.

There’s plenty of space for the fam­ily and the shop­ping.

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