Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pouring on the Praise; Seven-Seater Off-Roader Shines When Dark Clouds Loom

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pouring on the Praise; Seven-Seater Off-Roader Shines When Dark Clouds Loom

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Byline: Grant Edwards

THE conditions were treacherous. Waterways were rising fast with constant rain dumped courtesy of Cyclone Marcia.

While most hovered indoors away from the horrendous weather event we had a commitment 100-odd kilometres from home.

The high-riding Holden Colorado 7 sitting in our driveway offered some confidence approaching the journey, but even the traditionally mundane highway trek quickly became a challenge with copious amounts of standing water fed by unrelenting rainfall.

With a retail price of $50,990 the LTZ is the king of the Colorado range, and it proved motoring royalty up against some of the toughest conditions ever faced on bitumen.

Comfort

Despite still having a reasonable amount of "plastic fantastic" finishes, the MY15 variants boast an improved look.

Glossy black features on the centre stack and doors, as well as a black colour scheme around the instruments, break up the grey palate which previously dominated. The LTZ has leather trim befitting its status as the range-topper.

It's still not benchmark setting in terms of lavishness, but the Colorado is a true workhorse beneath the skin.

Helping the Colorado's more upmarket feel is the colour touch-screen, the same one that we've seen in other models including the compact Trax, which is simple to navigate and looks modern.

During our longer journey the front pews did prove to be somewhat flat, and could do with some additional support to avoid the bum-numbing side effect.

It is an expansive cabin which makes easy work of accommodation for seven people. The third row can fit adults, but getting access can require some nimbleness and leg room is limited.

On the road

Meeting the challenge head-on, the Colorado never winced in the contest with Mother Nature.

We've sampled its abilities before on rocky mountainous tracks and deep soft sand, but the constant wind and water was testing all-comers on the highway. With passenger cars confined to a crawl, the Colorado maintained its composure at 100kmh.

The truck LTZ variants get a "comfort" rear suspension set-up, but that's not available with the SUV and to be fair, we didn't have too many complaints in that department. …

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