Road Test: Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab

The RG Series Colorado ute has proved popular despite shortcomings that positioned it well short of what the class leaders could deliver.

By John Ewing

The recent series II update changes that, narrowing the gap to the competition considerably.

The new Colorado range includes 26 variants and the LTZ Dual Cab tested here sits just below the top-of-the-range Z71.

Externally, some cosmetic changes around the front end give the Colorado a fresher and tougher truck look, plus there are new wheels and tyres. But the most important changes become obvious from the moment you slip behind the wheel, then keep coming once you hit the road.

The interior has had a major refresh with new seat and door trims, an all-new dash, and redesigned centre console. The LTZ now has an eight-inch colour touchscreen with latest generation MyLink infotainment, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, DAB+ radio, and navigation as standard. It’s become more user friendly, too, and has a higher quality look, feel and finish. Sadly, the steering has no reach adjustment – only tilt. Revised seat design has improved occupant comfort.

Extra equipment, safety features and driver assistance technology strengthen the vehicle’s value proposition against its competitors. The addition of a driver’s knee airbag, taking total airbag count to seven, and a five-star ANCAP crash rating add to the safety credentials for all models.

Colorado remains a capable machine in the rough stuff off-road. For those wanting to customise their Colorado, Holden offers a range of genuine accessories developed in parallel with the vehicle. It’s the biggest accessory line for any Holden model and includes items such as snorkels, bash plates, lighting kits, steel bullbars and off-road tyre packages, all popular with those regularly heading bush.

Revisions to steering and suspension deliver driving dynamics superior to the previous series. The steering is more consistently weighted and provides more road feel. Road holding has a distinctly tidier, more secure and confident feel than before. A range of engineering measures have enhanced the ride quality and made the newcomer quieter and smoother.

The 2.8-litre Duramax diesel offers solid response, especially in the low- and mid-rev range, and there’s minimal lag when stepping off the line. It’s also cleaner, now complying with Euro 5 requirements, thanks to engine recalibrations and use of a diesel particulate filter.

KEY STATS

MLP: $52,690 (auto)^

ENGINE: 2.8-litre Duramax DOHC turbo-diesel.

ANCAP CRASH RATING: *****

TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 230.

FOR: Major improvements over old model, capable off-road, equipment.

AGAINST: No steering reach adjustment.