2015 Holden Colorado 7 road test and review.
Australian families are always asking us about which seven-seat SUVs are worth a test drive and when I answer I always hesitate before saying Holden Colorado 7.
Let’s face it, as per my review of the 2014 Holden Colorado 7 LTZ last year, this Thai-built seven-seat SUV is not everyone’s cup of tea.
It’s based on the tough as nails Holden Colorado ute and that means it really does drive like a truck. Where competitors like the Ford Territory are softer and more nicely rounded-off, the Colorado 7 is big and hard and tough. And that might suit some buyers.
The 2015 Holden Colorado 7 has genuine off-road ability, a 3,000kg towing capacity and the type of interior that is easy to wipe-down if one of the kids spills a milkshake (yes, happened to me this week).
But, in terms of driving the thing around town and just living with it – the Holden seven-seat SUV is hard work!
The steering is so heavy! The steering is vague! The brake pedal is disconcertingly soft! The armrests are hard, the steering wheel is hard, the seats are firm. Are you getting the picture?
There are some good points though – cabin space is great, seating position is good; you now get the Holden MyLink infotainment system, reverse camera and rear parking sensors – though sat-nav isn’t available and the Holden Colorado 7 offers a very impressive turning-circle.
Just on the new MyLink system in the Colorado, I hate the up and down arrows for volume control – please, just give us a knob instead Holden! Also, covering the transmission selector in chrome is never a good idea - the sun reflects directly back into your face!
Premium paint, basically anything but solid red or solid white, will cost you an additional $550.
There are a couple of handy storage spots – such as on top of the dash and access to the third-row of seats is quite good. Roof-mounted air-vents are welcome too and in the Colorado LTZ you get front seat heaters.
Unfortunately, as with the Holden Colorado 7’s cousin – the Isuzu MU-X, the third row of seats doesn’t fold into the floor and you get this clunky storage box in the rear to try and cover that up. If the seats are folded down you do get quite a good amount of boot space.
The engine is a highlight. The 2.8 litre turbo-diesel offers a meaty 147kW and 500Nm of torque! (That’s up from 132kW and 470Nm in last year’s model). Just as impressive was the fuel consumption, the Colorado averages just 9.5L/100kms in the city.
The engine is noisy though and the turbo-lag (the dull initial acceleration you get in a lot of diesels) is very evident – forget making a quick dash across an intersection as the Colorado’s substantial 2210kg kerb weight takes some moving from a dead start.
The ride is almost sports-car like hard and the body roll is reminiscent of an ocean liner, seriously!
The 2015 Holden Colorado 7 is offered in two specification levels – LT and LTZ and both only come with a six-speed automatic. The transmission does an admirable job of getting the best out of the engine, though at times it has a habit of getting a bit lost during slow speed manoeuvres.
Safety is well covered – the Colorado 7 boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the 2015 Holden Colorado 7 is rough and tough and don’t you even dare mention the word “refined” in its company.
It is however perfect for a big family, it’s well-priced, has a powerful engine, genuine off-road credentials and great towing ability.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Holden Colorado 7 LTZ
Engine: 2.8 litre turbo-diesel producing 147kW and 500Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five stars
Price: Holden Colorado 7 LT from $47,990, Colorado 7 LTZ from $51,490