$46,990 – $50,490
Good: Large three tonne towing capacity; Spacious interior; True 4×4 off road capability; Serious on-road presence.
Not so Good: Loud and unrefined diesel engine; Hard and cheap looking interior plastics; No touch screen or Satellite Navigation.
Design and Engineering
Good : Arriving down under in November 2012, the Holden Colorado 7 is the first true off-roader Holden has produced in more than a decade.
There is no doubt that the Colorado 7 features a bold and muscular design that appeals to the manliest of men.
The gaping front grille is highlighted by a chrome strip that adds a touch of elegance to the overall tough appearance. The large flared wheel arches give the Colorado 7 some serious on-road presence and the distinctive upper glass canopy that wraps around the rear corners of the exterior is a nice touch.
Not so good : The Colorado 7 would look great with a set of 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels, but larger alloys would limit off-road capabilities.
Interior and Styling
Good : Available in two specifications, the entry level LT and top-spec LTZ. The LT model is fairly well equipped with Reversing Camera and Park Assist, multifunction leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth with USB and Aux inputs, six-speaker audio system, power windows and roof mounted rear air-conditioning controls with second and third row air vents.
The LTZ model adds Leather seat trim, six-way electric adjustable driver’s seat, eight-speaker audio system with amplifier, single zone climate control, chrome interior door handles, gloss Piano Grey centre stack mouldings, chrome gear shifter and power fold mirrors.
There is plenty of room to stretch out, the third row seating actually offers up a decent amount leg space for passengers.
Meanwhile, the Colorado 7 has a generous 235 litre rear cargo area with the third row seats engaged, fold the third row seating down and the cargo area increases to 878 litres. Additional storage is available with the second row tumbled (1,780 litres) and folded (1,830 litres).
Not so good : Because the Colorado 7 is built with off-road driving in mind, the interior features hard and durable materials over soft touch plastics. We would of liked to have seen captain seats up front with fold down armrests – but hey, you can’t have it all.
Good : Powering the Colorado 7 range is a 2.8-litre Duramax in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. When matched to six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select the 2.8-litre turbo diesel produces 132kW of power and 470Nm of torque. The 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine has plenty of pulling power – three tonne in fact; which is more than enough to haul the family and a heap of gear around.
Not so good : While there’s no denying the true grunt of the 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine, it’s not the most refined engine on the block. While sitting at idle the engine rattles away like a truck.
Ride and Handling
Good : The Colorado 7’s chassis has been engineered independently of the Colorado LCV Utility range, Holden says it offers up better passenger comfort. While both models share an independent double wishbone front suspension set up, the Colorado 7 features a five-link live axle rear suspension configuration that is unique to the SUV and coil springs front and rear. The Holden Colorado’s off-road performance is thanks to a part time four-wheel drive system with transfer case, with low and high ratio gears, Shift on the Fly and Limited Slip Differential. Colorado 7’s Descent Control System further enhances its 4X4 capability. With the decent amount of torque on offer and the part time four-wheel drive system, the Colorado 7 will handle almost any terrain with relative ease.
Not so good : Because of the sheer size of the Colorado 7, it gets a little tricky manoeuvring around narrow inner city streets.
Buying and Owning
Good : Backed by a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, throw in a whole host of standard features and matched to a bold and muscular design – Holden might just have a winner. If that’s not enough, the Colorado 7 also comes with Holden’s Capped Price Servicing for the first four standard scheduled logbook services for the first three years or 60,000km, for just $295.
Not so good : Unless you’re a serious outdoors type that loves a bit of off-road driving or have a boat and like some weekend fishing, the Colorado 7 might not as refined as some of the more soft-roaders on the market.