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Vehicle Style: cab 4×4 utility.

Price: (plus on-roads)

Fuel claimed: 9.1 l/100km | tested: 9.4

If you haven’t noticed the change in vehicles in Australia. you seriously been watching.

Now, as many are being purchased for ‘lifestyle’ versatility as work And manufacturers have not been in recognising the opportunity.

Volkswagen has its Ford and Mazda the Ranger and Even Isuzu’s D-Max with creature comforts as as a gut-busting appetite for work.

So all that choice — not to Toyota. Mitsubishi. and Nissan we set out to see where the new Colorado sits in the new car

Quality: The interior style of the is greatly improved over its offering a little flair to set it from ‘all work and no utes.

Hop in though and there’s a lot of surfaces on the dash and door the latter in particular are easy to with our tester showing of wear-and-tear around the door

In terms of build, the Colorado up alright. All panel-joins align ventilation controls feel and nothing squeaks or rattles.

Work ute? What ute? As with its class-competitors, the has ditched hard wearing and rubber for fabric seats and floors. A boon for comfort, but not welcomed by those on farms and

Big, wide seats up will handle the biggest pretty easily, and have shaping for most frames. steering helps getting set at the but lacks reach adjustment. wasn’t a problem for my lanky

In the rear, the cramped quarters and seating position of the old model are to yesterday: the Colorado’s bigger mean more rear both in length and width, and a more comfortable seating for those in the back.

Equipment: As the point to the Colorado 4×4 the LX comes with trip-computer, multi-function steering wheel, control, power mirrors and Bluetooth and audio streaming, with 3.5mm and mini-USB remote central locking and rear step and air conditioning

Up to 1084 kilograms can be loaded the tub of the Colorado crew cab, a standard tub (without the accessory as shown) measuring 1552mm 1534mm wide (1122mm wheel arches) and 481mm

Inside there’s plenty of space with dual a roomy centre console, door-pockets with bottle and under-seat storage for the rear

There’s also a dash-top bin and outboard cup-holders that not place your drink in of the vents to help keep cold, but with the top section back, can also accommodate an carton (sadly there’s no pie holder though) — manufacturers take note!

Driveability: Colorado’s new Duramax may adopt its name from the engine series, but the origins of the lie with italian company VM (which also manufactures engines for Jeep and London International, among others).

In models, the engines measures 2.8 capacity with 132kW of @3800rpm and 440Nm of torque We had the manual for this test, but in versions there’s an extra of torque available.

Off the line the isn’t afraid to show it’s got, and can be happily in second gear when

From there it will rev to cut-out, but there’s no real to push it too far beyond 2500rpm, slot it into the next and utilise the bulky torque

It has no trouble running with the in the traffic, and barely notices such is the power and torque

The gearbox is fairly user-friendly the gate is a little vague, but enough to avoid miscueing changes. With extra on board we were looking for an ratio to keep power a little more even.

As for the clutch, after sitting in hour traffic there was no leg cramps so weighting isn’t an

Unlike the Volkswagen Amarok demands a perfect marriage of and friction point, the Colorado is far forgiving — a setup suits off-roading or towing better.

Refinement: It isn’t all news for the Colorado’s engine there’s plenty of vibrations filter past the firewall and the cabin.

You’ll notice most when stationary, but a couple of hours at the wheel the transferred along the steering can be tiresome.

The trademark diesel is no stranger either; there’s noise generated to remind you is a workhorse first and foremost.

no doubt Ford’s Ranger the Colorado for refinement, though the road and wind noise is

Suspension: Holden’s switch to a wishbone type independent helps with on-road while still maintaining ground clearance and wheel

At the rear, a load-hauling leaf-sprung, axle rear-end is deployed. As this means the rear can be a skittish with an empty but by the time you add the implements of work or the Colorado settles.

Suspension has been honed to Australian With a crew on board, but not much in the tub, we liked the way the rode over corrugated roads and its ability to take a big hit in its

Braking: Packing 300mm front discs and rear the Colorado pulls up well.

a long pedal-stroke for ease of It’s also free of when unladen. In the wet or with of gear on board, stopping increases, but not so much to be of great

ANCAP rating: 5 Stars

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features: Dual front and full length curtain anti-lock brakes, EBD, and traction control, front pretensioners with adjustable height and three-point belts in all positions.


Three years/100,000 kilometres.

costs: Service intervals are set at months or 15,000km. The Colorado is by Holden’s capped price plan, with a maximum cost of $295 for the first services within three or 60,000km.

Volkswagen Amarok Trendline ($45,990) — If workload includes more duties with less and tumble, the Amarok might be the way to go. A inviting, car-like interior is a addition to the category.

There’s the choice of comfort or load-rated suspension, but the Amarok just feel as gutsy as bigger utes when the going tough. (see Amarok )

Ford Ranger XL ($46,390) TMR selected the Ranger (and as 2011’s Top Buy and thanks to its spread of it shines. Well-equipped, strong, and capable off-road.

For the budget-conscious a cheaper 2.2 litre four-cylinder but for hard working applications 3.2 litre five-cylinder diesel is to beat. (see Ranger )

Mitsubishi Triton GL-R — Like the top-selling the Triton is starting to show its both inside and out. dynamics are more agricultural to the Colorado, but the 2.5 litre diesel too far off the boil.

For peace of mind, models also come a warranty period two years than competitors. (see reviews )

Note: all prices are List Price and do not include delivery or on-road costs.


If you’re in the market for a dual-cab ute, there has been more choice.

But buying, we’d advise you decide where your lie. The work-vehicle origins of like the Colorado and D-Max. are a more evident, while like the Amarok, offer on-road comfort and refinement.

a week of mixed duty, have to say the Colorado probably the ‘work’ role a little If you’ve got a wider duty-roster in with more family or pursuits planned, we’d Amarok or Ranger.

Ford’s Ranger perhaps both camps better all.

What does with the Colorado though is a engine that offers torque, good fuel and tractable on-road power and

And no complaints about a modern that has grown to fit a work and protect them with ANCAP safety — with a bull-bar.

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