The previous generation Holden Colorado arrived in 2008 and is available with a wide range of body styles and engines which make it well suited for a large number of buyers.
The pickup truck is available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations and the engines lineup includes both diesel and petrol units. Three cab versions are available namely Single Cab, Space Cab and Crew Sab.
Despite the fact that is based on the same platform as the Rodeo, the Colorado is a totally different vehicle that puts accent on utility. The 2008 Holden Colorado was sold until 2012 when it was replaced by the new generation which is based on the Chevrolet Colorado. The old model vehicle had a starting price of $19,990 (excluding taxes).
With rugged lines and robust body panels, the Colorado’s sheet metal is a perfect match for the utilitarian nature of the vehicle.
The front features a wide radiator grille which comes with a tasty chrome treatment. The grille gels well with the rest of the body and we also like the robust headlights which underline the purposeful look of the truck.
The hood comes with a big power dome which sends fresh air to the engine keeping it cool and enhances the aggressive look. The front spoiler continues the robust design and it’s fitted with a set of circular fog lamps and a central air intake.
The front and rear wheel arches look similar with the ones found at the Chevrolet Colorado and further enhance the all-road look of the pickup.
Around the back there is a pretty spacious load bed which can be accessed by means of a 90 degree opening tailgate. The Colorado has a 3.5 tonne towing capacity and its tray can deal with a maximum payload capacity of 1 tonne.
The interior design is well put together but the plastics and materials won’t win you any awards for refinement. The dashboard isn’t as attractive as other units found in the segment and looks pretty dated. Though we like the metallic looking center console, as it breaks up the monotony of the grey dashboard.
Every control was designed with functionality in mind hence they are easy to reach. The steering wheel is pretty robust and could’ve come with a more ergonomic design. At least it’s offered with a few adjustments, so you won’t have any problems in finding a proper driving position.
Behind the wheel, you’ll find a modern looking instrument panel which glares in a tasty blue light. The cluster is fitted with three main gauges and all indicators are fairly easy to read while driving.
Once you climb on board you are welcomed by a set of well cushioned bucket seats which offer a high level of comfort being perfectly suited for both long and short trips. The driving position is pretty high, so you won’t complain about road visibility. Moreover, you won’t have any complains about the big door mirrors either.
The back seats however, are quite upright and not well padded which is translated in a bone jarring ride, when you deal with unpaved roads. They are also pretty cramped for three passengers and only two adults could travel back there comfortable.
The storage department is pretty well represented with a sizeable glove box, door pockets various cubbies and cup holders.
The range-topping Colorado LT-R, is equipped with a long list of features which includes leather steering wheel and shifter, 6-disc premium CD audio, MP3 compatibility, cruise control and a unique instrument cluster. You’ll also find power windows, power mirrors, tilt adjustable steering wheel and keyless entry.
Engines and performance
The Holden Colorado is offered with a choice of three engines including one diesel and two petrol units.
The most common choice is the 3.0 liter four cylinder common rail turbo diesel which delivers a maximum output of 120 kW at 3600 with a peak torque of 360 Nm of torque @ 1800 rpm. The engine is rather raucous but it’s fairly strong delivering enough power to keep your inner adrenaline junky happy.
It deals great with open roads too and can cruise all day long at three digit speeds apparently without breaking a sweat.
Though, there’s no escaping of that characteristic diesel clatter at idle or during acceleration, but its intrusiveness into the confines of the cabin has been well muffled through a variety of effective NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) measures.
The other two petrol units are also able to deliver decent performances, especially the 3.6 liter Alloytec V6 unit which is almost at par with the diesel. On the other hand, the smaller 2.4 liter four cylinder unit should be left for those who need only basic transportation.
The engines are mated on a four spoke automatic transmission which isn’t as good as other units in its class and offers only modest performances. The gear changes are pretty smooth, but when it needs to deal with downshifts it has an annoying delay and sometimes jumps back two gears instead of one.
Holden Colorado Engines Specifications
|Engine||kw @ rpm||Nm @ rpm|
|2.4 liter||92 @ 4800||207 @ 3200|
|3.6 liter||157 @ 5300||313 @ 2800|
|3.0 liter||120 @ 3600||360 @ 1800|
Ride and handling
The truck features a surprisingly smooth ride and the suspensions are able to hide every surface detail of the road from you.
While driving, the Colorado feels pretty well put together and has a good torsional rigidity. As it was expected, the tall stance of the vehicle affects its cornering abilities, but there is nothing to worry about as the Colorado stays well planted on its wheels.
The steering is also reasonable, offering a proper road feedback. Safety equipments include dual front airbags and ABS.
The Holden Colorado does its job great and even if it was designed as a lifestyle vehicle it’s also able to deal great with some harsh jobs.
On the other hand, the cabin needed more attention as it’s full of cheap materials and rock hard plastics. Luckily the overall ergonomy is reasonable and there is also a rich list of useful features.
On road, the truck feels great and delivers one of the best performances found in the segment. You won’t have any significant complains about the engines either, but our choice is the 3.0 liter diesel as its perfectly suited for both city driving and heavy weights transportation.