2016 Holden Colorado Z71 Review

2016 Holden Colorado Z71 road test and review.

If you’re after a Holden Colorado that stands out from the crowd, then this is the one you should check out.

The 2016 Holden Colorado Z71 is the flagship model in the Colorado range and is aimed at buyers who are more likely to use their dual-cab ute as a lifestyle accompaniment, rather than a work truck.

And with prices starting at a hefty $54,990 manual and $57,190, the Z71 is unlikely to see too many bags of cement in the back!

Of course, underneath the decals, fancy wheels and the sailplane is exactly the same Holden Colorado as, well, every other Holden Colorado.

That means a torquey, enthusiastic and frugal enough diesel engine and a relatively roomy cabin.

While you will have to put up with some imperfections – including; Firm ride, dull and rather vague steering, average turning circle, engine noise, hard cabin (especially steering wheel and arm rests) and slightly questionable build quality.

The Colorado Z71 also features a different tonneau cover on the back with a rather odd, quite flimsy feeling, cable set up used to tension the cover.

Fuel economy finished up at 10.6L/100km in my week of city/suburban driving.

You can check out more details on the Z71 Colorado here.

Summing it up; the Holden Colorado trails behind almost all rivals in terms of comfort and driving dynamics.

The diesel engine is the highlight and the funky Z71 enhancements also nets you plenty of attention out on the roads.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Holden Colorado Z71

Engine: 2.8 litre turbo-diesel producing 147kW and 500Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic or six-speed manual

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: Thailand

Price: From $54,990 (manual) and $57,190 (auto)

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