Holden Colorado 7 LTZ: Tow Test
With its remarkable fuel economy and comfortable design, the Holden Colorado 7 LTZ is truly a 4WD that will get you wherever you need to go.
With the facelift of the Colorado came a bump in power and torque with 147kW and an impressive 500Nm respectively. Pulling this sort of power out of a 2.8L diesel used to be quite an effort but with modern fuels and some impressive smarts going into engine management it is now par for the course.
The Colorado 7 is a surprisingly comfy vehicle to drive, and equally comfortable to ride in as a passenger. It is devoid of the harshness or irritating sounds typically found in vehicles based on commercially-rated platforms, but there’s plenty of good tech and easy-clean surfaces found inside the LTZ. Holden softened the Colorado 7 LTZ’s ride in accordance to an expected city bias in driving and it shows. The LTZ is quiet; not luxury car quiet, but well above our expectations of what is still a proper ladder chassis with separate body work horse.
The driver’s seating position is higher than expected giving better visibility of surroundings – a big plus. It is made up of seven seats with heaters on the front pair and easy clean leather all-round in the LTZ spec.
Rear seating is raised, a handy feature for keeping an eye on the young’uns in the back and making rear visibility better, too. These fold flat in the MY14 version giving up to 1830L of capacity with the length able to take typical mountain bikes and the height suitable for most push chairs. There’s a heap of storage under the rear floor, handy for all sorts of gear from tool kits to wet towels from the beach.
The HVAC systems in the 7 are good in operation and great to use. The rear benefits from a separate control system that came in handy in the heat. Blasting the front and rear systems at full cold worked well even on the muggiest TNQ days. The controls themselves are great; a big, bright display tells you what the system is set to and in auto it works away fairly quietly to make it reality.
Drive is by part-time 4WD, a welcome change over the growing number of full-time options that take away drive feel and typically increase fuel consumption. 4WD is selected electronically via rotary knob by the gear selector.
HOLDEN COLORADO 7 LTZ SPECS
Weights and measures
- Length 4878mm
- Width 1902mm
- Height 1845mm
- Wheelbase 2845mm
- Ground clearance 231mm
- Kerb mass 2210kg
- Gross Vehicle Mass 2820kg
- Gross Combined Mass 5700kg
- Towing capacity unbraked/braked 3000kg/750kg
- Towball max 300kg
- Engine 2.8L Duramax turbocharged diesel
- Transmission Six-speed automatic
- Power 147kW at 3600rpm
- Torque 500Nm
- Gear ratios
- 1: 4.06
- 2: 2.37
- 3: 1.55
- 4: 1.16
- 5: 0.85
- 6: 0.67
- Rev.: 3.20
- Final drive: 3.42:1
- High/Low ratios: 1.00:1/2.62:1
- Towbar kit (incl. fitting) $810; electric brake controller
- Fuel capacity 76L
- Suspension Front: independent, coils, sway bar; Rear: 5-link live axle, coils, sway bar
- Brakes Disc
- Wheels 18x7.5 alloy
- Warranty Three years/100,000km
- Roof load 100kg
- More information www.holden.com.au
- $50,990 (base price, excl. options)
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