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2015 Holden Colorado Review

Garry Fabian road tests and reviews the Holden Colorado.

2015 Holden Colorado Review

2015 Holden Colorado Review.

The 2015 Holden Colorado range includes ute and cab-chassis variants with a choice of both rear-wheel drive and 4×4 variants.

Whatever Colorado you require, all are powered by the same 2.8 litre turbo-diesel engine.

Naturally, the majority of Holden Colorado sales are notched up by the 4×4 dual-cab variety, this configuration is priced from $40,990 for the version with a six-speed manual, if you require an auto transmission (six-speed also) there is a price premium of $2,200.

For the record, the equivalent Isuzu D-Max, Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton all starts at around the same price, with less than $2000 difference the norm.

2015 Holden Colorado Review

2015 Holden Colorado Review.

It’s interesting though to compare the important stats with those other four-cylinder dual-cab 4×4 diesel models, on paper the Holden product really looks to shine.

With 147kW/500Nm the Colorado has both more power and torque than any of the other competitors, a 3500kg towing capacity can only be matched by the Isuzu and fuel consumption comes in at a combined 9.1L/100kms and that’s better than both Triton and Navara.

One important area where the Toyota product has a clear advantage is on safety - the HiLux being the only model in the field to boast a full five star ANCAP safety rating.

On the road, the 2015 Holden Colorado is big and bulky. The cabin is intruded upon by the noise of the engine and there’s also more than its fair share of wind noise to contend with.

2015 Holden Colorado Review

2015 Holden Colorado Review.

Holden has made steps to ‘soften up’ the Colorado in recent times, and while the latest version feels significantly less agricultural, the suspension feels particularly firm and busy. Over corrugated roads it transmits a greater number of bumps and associated vibrations through the wheel.

Coming off bigger imperfections it settles quickly, though it still scuttles when it strikes bumps.

Inside the cabin, the entry-level Holden Colorado is relatively well stocked, standard features include; Power windows, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, cruise control and a six-speaker stereo. The Colorado also boasts remote/keyless entry.

Disappointingly, steering adjustment is tilt-only and sat-nav and a reversing camera are only now being added to the flagship LTZ grade of the Colorado.

2015 Holden Colorado Review

2015 Holden Colorado Review.

The dual-cab configuration offers seating for five adults, and there is what you would call ‘ample’ leg and head room front and rear. Naturally, the very large load space/cargo area makes it a true working unit designed to cater for a wide range of applications.

Summing it up; the 2015 Holden Colorado is a true working car that can also be used as a family vehicle, though some comfort and convenience sacrifices have to be made if compared with a regular SUV.

Yes it’s big and solid, but handles quite easily, and despite its suspension being tuned for hard work and off-road driving, it provides adequate passenger comfort and offers a well fitted-out interior with a reasonable list of standard features.

Most importantly, if you like plenty of grunt, maybe you want to tow? Then the Colorado is well worth a look just on that.

2015 Holden Colorado Review

2015 Holden Colorado Review.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Holden Colorado

Engine: 2.8 litre diesel producing 147kW and 500Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or auto

Safety: Four stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000kms

Origin: Thailand

Price: From $40,990

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