Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the Holden Colorado Space-Cab.
If a dual-cab ute isn’t needed and a single-cab model is just a bit too short on space, why not a Holden Colorado Space-Cab?
The 2015 Holden Colorado Space-Cab is a four-door model, it doesn’t look it but it is. You get two little ‘suicide doors’ that open the opposite way a car door normally opens and this gives you access into the rear section of the extended cabin.
There’s not a lot of extra room back there, you get two little fold down bench type seats that would be limited to children or small adults undertaking a short trip only. The space is probably more suited to some equipment, a tool box etc.
The thing with the space-cab layout is I really don’t see the point of it. You don’t get extra space in the tray, or extra legroom upfront, though it is shorter overall than the dual-cab Colorado at 5087mm, rather than 5347mm.
Still, wouldn’t you just get the dual-cab?
Anyway, under the bonnet of every Holden Colorado is a 2.8 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 147kW and 440Nm when mated to a six-speed manual, or 147kW and 500Nm if you opt for an auto transmission.
Interestingly, the dual-cab Holden Colorado Z71 that I reviewed just a couple of months ago used less fuel than the Space-Cab, in that one I averaged 9.9L/100km, as compared to the Space-Cab’s 10.5L/100km.
Both had automatic transmissions and my driving patterns through the week were essentially the same.
Take note also, the Holden Colorado Space-Cab is also only available in the LTZ grade, this means prices start at a substantial $47,990 for the manual and $51,190 automatic.
On the road the Holden Colorado provides a reasonably good ride for a 4×4 ute (don’t expect it to handle and ride like a car, it doesn’t), the steering is heavier than I would prefer and the brake pedal, an issue common across every Colorado I have driven, was spongy and not confidence inspiring.
Still, it is a rough and tough ute and for most buyers the ‘truck-like’ characteristics don’t prove a drawback. Conversely, I can’t help but think some prospective buyers could be turned-off, especially those looking at a Holden Colorado for family purposes.
Standard features in the Holden Colorado LTZ Space-Cab include;
- 17” alloy wheels
- Rear parking sensors
- Reverse camera
- Electrically-adjustable driver’s seat
- Side steps
- Alloy sports bar
Inside the cabin, well the Colorado is a bit of a mixed-bag. The attention to detail in regards to the plastics and the way they fit is definitely sub-par, though the seats are comfortable enough and the touchscreen MyLink system is quite easy to use.
Rock hard steering wheel (leather wrapped) and arm rests and a bit of a dated look and feel throughout makes the Colorado trail well behind most rivals, especially the new Nissan Navara.
One other difference between the LTZ grade and the Z71 Colorado is the way the tonneau cover attaches to the ute body, with this variant of the Colorado you get a much more user-friendly, simple and robust channel type set-up.
Take note, any paint colour other than white or red (as pictured) will also cost you an additional $550.
As always, the 4×4 Holden Colorado offers great off-road ability, plenty of ground clearance, a 3500kg braked towing capacity and a payload of 850kgs.
The Holden Colorado Space-Cab safety rating though slips a point compared to the other Colorado offerings and offers just a four-star ANCAP safety score.
Summing it up; The Holden Colorado is a tough truck that gets the job done with little fuss.
You can’t knock it for its no-frills approach, again though, if it were just a little more user-friendly, more well-rounded, and a bit more comfortable, I reckon Holden would sell a whole lot more of the Thai-built ute.
The Space-Cab variant is an attempt to bridge the single-cab and dual-cab divide, really though it doesn’t provide anywhere near the flexibility of the dual-cab and is certainly more attractive to single-cab buyers who might occasionally take an extra passenger or two.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Holden Colorado Space-Cab
Engine: 2.8 litre turbo-diesel producing 147kW and 440Nm (manual) or 147kW and 500Nm (automatic)
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Four stars
Price: From $47,990