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Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the Holden Colorado ute with specs, fuel economy and verdict.

Holden Colorado LT 4WD dual-cab automatic 2.5

With up to 26 variants, the new Holden Colorado ute comes in three body styles – three-seat Single Cab, Space Cab with rear access doors and two jump seats and the Crew Cab – the last body aimed at providing comfort that’s almost car-like.


Prices start at $26,990 for the entry-level DX two-wheel drive, with most models falling in the range $44,000 to $55,000.

Colorado owners can personalise their vehicles with more than 38 individual accessories, two-thirds of which have been developed in Australia, or choose from four accessory packs available from Holden dealers.

The list includes a snorkel for the 2.8-litre diesel engine, a steel bullbar , body-coloured hard tonneau covers, alloy sports bar and nudge bar, steel and aluminium trays and canopy with unique glass areas.

Holden believes a new fully-integrated tow bar kit for the class-leading 3.5-tonne towing capacity on the 2.8-litre range will prove popular with buyers.

Made by General Motors in Thailand, the new Holden Colorado comes with a three-year 100,000 kilometre factory warranty and up to four servicing bills capped at $295 each.


The four Colorado models, DX, LX, LT and LTZ, use one of two all-new Duramax four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines of 2.5-litre or 2.8-litre capacity. These can be mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2.8-litre turbo-diesel generates 132 kW of power and maximum 470 Nm of torque when teamed with the six-speed auto, and a maximum 440 Nm of torque when behind the five-speed manual transmission.

Vehicles with the 2.8-litre motor stump up a class-leading towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes, while the 2.5 litre unit, rated at 110 kW and 350 Nm, is capable of pulling three tonnes.

The 2.8-litre Colorado, when paired with an optional six-speed automatic transmission, delivers 10 per cent more power and 40 per cent more torque than the outgoing 3.0-litre diesel powertrain it replaces.

It also has fuel consumption of 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres, while the mid-range LX 4x2 Crew Cab Pick Up with five-speed manual transmission, spews out 218 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.

Holden has measured the entry-level DX 2.5-litre (4x2 only) fuel consumption at 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres, while producing 212 grams of CO2. The top-of-the-range LTZ 4x4 Crew Cab Pick Up with six-speed automatic transmission achieves 9.1 litres per 100 kilometres and 243 grams of CO2.

A new fully-integrated tow-bar kit supports Colorado’s class-leading 3.5 tonne towing capacity on the 2.8-litre range. Every Colorado is rated for a one-tonne payload, with some models able to carry up to 1.4 tonnes.


General Motors’ design studio in Brazil was the focus of exterior and interior design, the team tasked with coming up with features that would fit in with multiple markets around the world.

Taking in feedback from global design clinics, including in Australia, it came up with 26 Colorado packaging combinations to complement Colorado’s workhorse character. State-of-the-art features in the Colorado LTZ are projector headlamps and LED tail lights.

Inside, the Holden Colorado comfort is in proportion to the price paid with cheaper versions not up to keeping occupants too relaxed on long journeys. Instruments and controls are old style and set in swathes of plastic requiring minimum maintenance.

Holden’s Kirsty Lindsay was one of a team tasked with developing attractive interior trim designed to withstand the rigours of a working vehicle.


Active and passive safety features cover the whole Colorado range, with Electronic Stability Control, ABS Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution. There are front airbags for driver and passenger, full-length curtain airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters, front seatbelt sash height adjustment and three rear seat child anchor points on Crew Cab models.


We did tow testing on a range of country roads with different trailers carting everything from a small road roller to electric elevated platform. The trailer with electric brakes pulled by Colorados with auto transmissions proved the smoothest operators; manual vehicles with brake over-riders provided the odd stutter along the way.

Absent in Colorado is hill descent control. No sweat. As the media found out on a testing trek into the bush during the introduction of the new model – flick the automatic shift lever into manual mode, select first or even second gear and the vehicle cruises down steep inclines at a constant crawl.


In general driving on city and country roads the Colorados ran true to form with comfort correlating to power, specification and, therefore, price.

Holden Colorado LT 4WD dual-cab automatic

Price: from $47,490
Warranty: 3 years/100,000km
Resale: 48 per cent (Source: Glass's Guide)
Service interval: 9 months/15,000km
Safety rating: five star
Spare: Full-size steel
Engine: 2.8-litre common-rail direct-injection turbodiesel four-cylinder, 132kW/470Nm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic; 4WD
Body: 5.3m (L); 1.8m (w); 1.8m (h)
Weight: 2004kg
Thirst: 9.11/100km, tank 76 litres; 243g/km CO2 


DX Cab Chassis 2.5-litre turbo-diesel: $26,990 (manual)
LX Cab Chassis 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $27,990 (manual), $29,990 (automatic)

LX Cab Chassis 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $33,990 (manual), $35,990 $29,990 (automatic)
LX Pickup 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $35,490 (manual), $37,490 $29,990 (automatic)
LT Pickup 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $36,490 (manual), $38,490 $29,990 (automatic)
LTZ Pickup 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $40,990 (manual), $42,990 $29,990 (automatic)

DX Cab Chassis 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $34,990 (manual)
LX Cab Chassis 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $35,990 (manual), $37,990 $29,990 (automatic)

LX Cab Chassis 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $40,490 (manual), $42,490 $29,990 (automatic)
LTZ Pickup 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $47,490 (manual), $49,490 $29,990 (automatic)

LX Cab Chassis 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $42,990 (manual), $44,990 $29,990 (automatic)
LX Pickup 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $44,490 (manual), $46,490 $29,990 (automatic)
LT Pickup 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $45,490 (manual), $47,490 $29,990 (automatic)
LTZ Pickup 2.8-litre turbo-diesel: $49,990 (manual), $51,990 $29,990 (automatic)


imageToyota Hilux SR 4x4 dual-cab
Price: from $41,990
Enigine: 3.0-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder, 126kW/343Nm
Transmission: Four-speed auto, 4WD
Body: Four-door ute
Thirst: 9.3L/100km, 245g/km CO2


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imageNissan Navara D40 ST 
Price: from $43,800
Engine: 2.5-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder, 140kW/450Nm
Transmission: Five-speed automatic, 4WD
Body: Four-door ute
Thirst: 9.0L/100km, 238g/km CO2



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imageFord Ranger XL 3.2 4x4 dual-cab
Price: from $46,390
Engine: 3.2-litre turbodiesel five-cylinder, 147kW/470Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, 4WD
Body: Four-door ute
Thirst: 9.2L/100km, 246g/km CO2


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Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab diesel
Price: from $48,810
Engine: 147kW/470Nm 20-valve DOHC 3.2-litre common-rail direct-injection in-line five-cylinder
Trasmission: 6-speed auto
Body: Four-door ute
Thirst: 9.2 l/100km, 246g/km CO2



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Volkswagen Amarok
Price: from $33,990
Engine: twin turbocharged, two litre diesel, 120kW/400Nm
Trasmission: 6-speed manual
Body: Four-door ute
Thirst: 7.7L/100km; 203g/km


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Comments on this story

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  • I’d rather it was made by Australians also but would you all go and buy Territories instead because it’s made in Aus? Anyway when someone does make a car in Australia again one day, can it PLEASE be easy(er) to work on!

    Morris Carr of QLD Posted on 15 February 2014 8:12pm
  • koeran cars if you didnt know lead the world in all most all new car technolgy

    rowan strongman of tauranga Posted on 14 January 2014 5:16pm
  • The problem I have with buying a “Holden” is they are no longer a Holden like I used to buy with the HR and HZ etc.  I may as well just buy and Isuzu instead of a Colorado or a Suzuki instead of a Barina etc, you get the idea.  What is the point of buying a Cruze when I am buying essentially a Korean car.  It’s all fake.  Holden used to be a quality Australian product and now it’s all smoke and mirrors.  It’s a real shame.

    Dean Probert of South Australia Posted on 08 January 2014 10:14pm
  • Rather a F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado in any of their configurations, oh and for the same price as they are sold for in the US.

    Richard W of Sydney Posted on 13 September 2013 2:09pm
  • I concur with Richard of Belmont - dont expect any parts backup anytime soon. We have a new LTZ and it has been off the road for 6 months waiting for parts. I belive BHP are having the same problem, although Holden are robbing parts off existing stock to reduce the pain. The Colorado is a disaster!

    Jim Worlald of South Australia Posted on 10 September 2013 4:09pm
  • Purchased new in January, had for 2 weeks and it suffered water flooding o the interior due to windscreen not being fitted correctly. Airbags, control modules and wirIng all suffered water inundation. Vehicle was collected by dealer where purchased from and they parked outside where it had another 2 flooding events to interior. Due to future corrosion effects on electrical, we have asked for the 2 week old vehicle to be replaced. 6 months later we are still battling with dealer and Holden over vehicle, and still without the car. Would not recommend anyone purchasing a coloradoor any other Holden as any issues will result in same treatment as ours. I have been buying holdens for over 20 years, but no more. I have also found out about a month ago that another local from my home purchased a Colorado frOm same dealer and they have had seRious mechanical issues and most recently they suffered water inundation to tier interior which appears to be the windscreen also. There may be a lot more out there with windscreen fitted poorly which is safety risk for accidents and airbag operation. My personal opinion, never buy a Colorado or a Holden for that matter. Treatment appalling.

    Mark of Sunshine Coast Posted on 16 July 2013 8:52pm
  • I’ve owned the LTZ since mid January and find the above to be a pretty fair review. Be careful if you expect any parts backup from holden on these models however. I’ve been waiting two and a half months for a replacement bumper with the only reply from holden being, hopefully by the end of the month.

    Richard of Belmont, NSW Posted on 15 April 2013 5:33pm
  • There are lots of really titty things on cars and 4wds these days that are totally useless but you pay them even though you don’t need them. Like hill descent control. It’s been on every vehicle ever made since they invented gear boxes. It’s called low gear. Really good descent control is called really low gear. Just keep your foot off the clutch in a manual. Try it. You’ll like it and it’s free. If the testing crew only just discovered they can do this by actually choosing low gear, sounds like you need a new test crew. People who have actually learnt how to drive.

    Dugald of Queensland Posted on 27 January 2013 9:40pm
  • I agree with the two and half stars, definitely the least appealing option against the rivals listed.

    Have to say that the Hilux picture is a lot misleading, the problem with Toyota (and Mazda) is that the “From” price is a far stretch from the actual price. The Hilux pictured is basically a 55K vehicle….

    Davis Watson of Sydney Posted on 20 January 2013 10:01pm
  • I agree with the two and half stars, definitely the least appealing option against the rivals listed.

    Have to say that the Hilux picture is a lot misleading, the problem with Toyota (and Mazda) is that the “From” price is a far stretch from the actual price. The Hilux pictured is basically a 55K vehicle….

    Davis Watson of Sydney Posted on 20 January 2013 10:00pm
  • 2.5 stars? It may not be class leading but I suspect foul play in your review.

    Neal of Cairns Posted on 19 January 2013 12:10pm
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