Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Review - Holden Colorado 7 LTZ - Page 2

One minus and it's same the same as every other Colorado is the lack of reach adjustment on the steering, the height adjustment is there but some people might trouble finding a decent seating position without the reach adjustment.

Colorado 7 LTZ 2The centre stack is the same as the Colorado pickup I reviewed last month and too me a little plain specially for a the top of the range model. The whole focus seems to be taken up by the big circular aircon control which is basically just there to adjust the temperature for the climate control and while I'm not a fan of the controls the air conditioning though works really well and indeed.

The stereo system is similar the system in the other Colorado models but the sound seemed to be a touch better thanks to the 8 speakers, it has Bluetooth capability for your phone, and USB access viable a cable so you can plug-in a USB stick or iPod.

Under the bonnet the Colorado 7 has the same 2.8L Duramax that you see in the Colorado pickup packing 147kw and 470nm of torque the car is not wanting for power and adding to that is the 3000kg towing capacity which makes the Colorado 7 the perfect touring vehicle specially if you want to tow the caravan.

Colorado 7 LTZ 7On the road the diesel engine performs wonderfully the 470nm that develops low in the rev makes it extremely spry for a vehicle of its size.

When it came to climbing hills the Colorado 7 climbed the steepest hill and asked for more, when it came to going off-road the torque was more than enough to combat all conditions. There is some diesel noise in the cabin but nothing more than you would hear from other 4wd's and not once did worry or annoy me during the week it just seemed normal to me.

The Colorado 7 has switchable 4wd on the fly so there's no stopping when the going gets tough you just turn the selector know in the console to either high or low range 4wd and keep going.

Colorado 7 LTZ 4We decided to hit the open road and head out to the glow-worm cave 40 km out from the NSW city of Lithgow.

The Colorado 7 performed great on the freeway the diesel barely ticking over at highway speeds, I did a couple of hundred km and averaged 8.0L/100km which wasn't bad I probably could have averaged better but all the road works across the Blue Mountains meant i was constantly slowing down for work zone's then speeding back up to highway speeds only to repeat the process again a kilometre latter very annoying and I think damaging to fuel economy.

After hitting Lithgow and after the mandatory stop at the pie shop for breakfast and it was off to the Glow Worm cave just after you head out of town the road turns to dirt and that's where the Colorado 7's prowess came to the fore.

It's not that the road is extremely bad but at times it can get very corrugated and rough at times, also pock-marked with quite a few pot holes from the recent rains the Colorado 7 never felt out of step.

Colorado 7 LTZ 12Half way along we discovered another track that mirrored the road which brings me back to where I started, and after a small prod from my kids (it didn't take much) we gave the track ago. A quick turn of the knob into 4wd and we were powered down the track which turned out to be a little muddy which was bonus for me as I really got to check out how well the Colorado 7 went.

But the even the bigger bonus for me was seeing just how much fun my kids were having as we bounced in and out of mud holes and deep ruts, the only downside was when we got to the end of the track and had to get back onto the road again.

I will say after an enjoyable 4 km bush walk to the glow-worm cave the only thing we were thinking of on the way back was hitting the track again, mud, loose dirt, sand nothing looked like stopped the Colorado 7.
At that time I completely got what the Colorado 7 was all about this is not about driving around the city this car is all about going out of the city and off the paved roads.


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