The first version was a bit underdone with goofy styling, drum rear brakes and other omissions.
That was fixed in February this year when a revised Holden Trax appeared… with rear discs and a new mid-level model called the LT.
I had the keys to this new addition to the range, an offering that starts from $28,890.
If you want a manual, it’s the 1.8 petrol non-turbo base model only.
Engine output is a respectable 103kW/200Nm but it’s pushing 1380kg so that means OK performance that’s better out on the highway.
Fuel consumption is rated at around 7.8L/100km. I got 8.2L/100km on test.
The six-speed auto works a treat slipping quickly between ratios while capturing available power to the best advantage.
You can feel the turbo boosting at mid-engine revs which corresponds to everyday driving speeds and out on the highway in top cog.
Not much noise either.
It rides with impressive results on a strut front suspension and simple twist beam at the rear with the supple ride unaffected by those big, 18″ low profile tyres.
The electric power steering provides sharpish responses and doesn’t flinch around corners under power.
Like all Holdens, Trax benefits from local engineering input with specific suspension, steering and throttle calibrations to make it more suitable for Aussie driving.
Trax is easy to park aided by the large reverse camera.
With the revamp came a much better look inside and out with splashes of chrome body hardware and a family face similar to Colorado ute/Trailblazer SUV.
The same applies inside with a more advanced MyLink infotainment system running through a large colour touchscreen.
For some reason Holden specifies the LT with a sunroof and it gets, push button start, 18″ alloys, digital radio and a passive entry system along with a form of sequential gear selection on the selector stick.
Holden reckons you can tow around 1200kg with Trax – possible but not tested.
Unfortunately, as a model, Holden Trax only gets a smattering of advanced driver assist technology - blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert is available on the range topping LTZ model.
The LT gets a decent array of ‘safety’ features like rear park assist, reverse camera, heated exterior mirrors and cruise control.
ANCAP awards Trax a five-star crash rating.
On the Inside
It’s a roomy little car with adequate space for five and a decent load space down the back. I fitted my pushbike in the back with the rears folded.
Access is aided by the raised ride height while the interior ambience is fairly generic, mainstream small hatch in its design, materials and layout.
I have to admit to having a somewhat cynical attitude towards the 2017 Holden Trax before driving it. Now I don’t.
It goes well, looks good, has plenty of kit and is a good size for city driving. The LT misses out on advanced driver assist technology but that isn’t a deal breaker for me.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Holden Trax LT
- Engine: 1.4 litre turbo-petrol producing 103kW/200Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: Trax LT from $28,890