Chris Miller road tests and reviews the 2013 Holden Colorado 7.
Robust, tough and unforgiving are the first thoughts that come to mind after a week with the Holden Colorado 7.
Based on the ute version of the Colorado, the big Holden has proper four wheel drive capabilities with high & low range, decent clearance and departure angles and hill decent control.
It’s rated to 3000kg, so it will tow just about anything and has a rugged interior designed to cope with the demands of the outback or farm.
It’s when you bring it in to town that its shortcomings become glaringly obvious.
A jittery ride, heavy steering, spongy brakes and a soundtrack that wouldn’t be out of place on a Massey Ferguson tractor are always prominent.
It’s sheer size restricts manoeuvrability in shopping centre car parks although it is helped by parking sensors at the rear, and a reverse camera integrated into the rear view mirror.
Vision is excellent from the tall driving position, although getting completely comfortable can be a bit of challenge with the lack of reach adjustable steering wheel.
Inside it’s in your face ruggedness with acres of hard plastics, although on the range topping LTX model we tested, there’s a distinct attempt to try and bring the Colorado upmarket with leather seats, dual zone climate control (including a separate rear zone air-conditioning system).
The stereo system and some of the switchgear on the dash would look more at home a late 90’s model of the Jackaroo rather than a car built in 2013.
There’s plenty of space in the cabin, although with the third row of seats folded, they protrude into the cargo area as they don’t fit flush with the floor; in operation, the third row of seating is best suited to kids or midgets. If you are the right size, getting into the back row is an unusually dignified event for a seven seater with the second row lifting from the base of the bench for easy access.
The 2.8 litre Turbo Diesel has plenty of grunt developing 470Nm of torque and 132kw. Hooked up to a 6-speed auto box, the big Colorado 7 will punt along quite nicely, although on our test 12.2litres per 100km was about the best we could achieve.
Built in Thailand, quality is a bit hit & miss, with ill-fitting interior bits and pieces. In the test car the passenger seat would build up a wobble with speed and became increasingly annoying.
The styling of the big Colorado 7 is OK, with the LTX getting running boards & fog lights amongst other things. All the bells & whistles still don’t quantify, in my mind, the asking price of $50,490 before on roads for the range topping LTX model, or for that matter, $46,990 for the base model LX.
Let’s call it a work in progress and hope for a better effort from Holden with the next Colorado 7.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.8 litre turbo diesel delivering 132kW and 470Nm
Transmission: Six-speed auto
Safety rating: Five-stars
Price: From $46,990