2017 Holden Colorado Z71 Review

2017 Holden Colorado Z71 road test and review…

Holden recently launched the Holden Trailblazer Z71 with its bonus accessories package inspired by the ute version, the Holden Colorado Z71.

As in the Traliblazer, black is the colour of the day with black mirrors and door handles, black b-pillar, black sail plane and glossy black (dark grey) 18” alloy wheels.

I was lucky enough to get a vehicle in black and combined with the black accoutrements, the Z71 looks pretty mean decked out in all-black.

Decals bearing the Z71 logo adorn the body and a stitched version is embroided onto the head rests.

But these are just the aesthetic enhancements on the improved Holden Colorado LTZ.

The steering was reasonably direct for a ute and while you do feel a bit lumbering, dynamics and handling are liveable.

There’s good power from the diesel motor though you have to really step down as well as on the less than responsive brakes.

Noise from inside the cabin is generally quiet but being a diesel the unmistakable rattle is still apparent.

Under the hood is the same 2.8L turbo diesel engine capable of a massive 500Nm of torque which would make mince meat of any one tonne payload in the back or on the tow ball with a 35000kg braked towing capacity.

And no problems getting up hills or rough terrain with this genuine 4×4 quipped with low range gears and wide 265/60 tyres.

Diesels are comparatively economical and after a week of trundling around I registered an average of 10.6L/100km with no load.

To the insides and the dash design has been altered from the previous model coming out more square and doing away with the dial control in the centre console.

Replacing it are traditional buttons that are large and practical keeping it simple and easy to use.

The touch screen comes with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto which for the life of me I could get working (probably operator error).

Heated and powered leather front seats and hard black plastic finishes make up the rest of the cabin.

An eccentric feature were the windows which would open slightly every time you open the door and slide back up when closing the door. Not sure why and became a little irritating.

Also part of the Holden Z71 package are roof rails, folding mirrors and the tonneau or soft black cover over the tray but this was my biggest grievance.

The tonneau cover sits well on the back but getting on or off is harder than trying to lick your elbow.

Locking it in place is a rather flimsy cable-operated latch which could be somewhat more robust or replaced with a better system altogether.

The cover itself if supported by two bracing poles and altogether are inconvenient to store with the cover rolling up awkwardly to the front secured by, once again, string-like straps.

Major improvements have been made to the safety package with lane departure, parking sensors, hill descent and hill start, plus front collision alert which are great inclusions for the worksite or offroad but also for a vehicle that is more commonly serving as a family car.

For the extra kit in the Colorado Z71 you’re looking at $57,190 while the manual goes for around $2000 less.

These enhancements to the features and drive puts it on par with other competing 4×4 utes however, it still sits behind the likes of the Mitsubishi Triton, Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger on Australian car sales data.

If you want to remain rugged but do it with some flair, the Holden Colorado Z71 could be the way to go.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Holden Colorado Z71

Engine: 2.8L turbo diesel producing 147kW and 500Nm

Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic

Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Thailand

Price: From $57,190

About Simon Lai 1386 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks.Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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