• Towing capacity, capped-priced servicing, genuinely capable ute, on-road driving dynamics
  • Spartan interior, lacking sophisticated four-wheel drive systems, rear-seat comfort, cabin noise

6 / 10

2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review

The all-new Holden Colorado has finally arrived to fight for marketshare amongst a very competent range of competitors.

The 2012 Holden Colorado is an entirely new light truck built from the ground up, with the project costing more than $2 billion in development costs and covering more than 2.5 million test kilometres. The Colorado shares its underpinnings with the soon to arrive Isuzu D-Max but has a very General Motors feel to it, including new-generation diesel engines that are unique to the Colorado.

The Colorado ute was designed and engineered by GM’s Brazilian operations but many other global GM centres, including Australia’s Holden, had a great deal of input into the truck’s engineering requirements. Australian delivered Holden Colorados come out of Thailand with the 2.5-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines being produced at a brand new engine plant nearby.

From the outside the Colorado sports a bolder look upfront with a dual grille design that highlights the lion badge. Although looks are entirely subjective, we certainly think it has more road presence than the old Colorado but perhaps falls short of the tough-truck looking new Ford Ranger. The rear design is very generic, like most vehicles in this category, a simple tailgate with vertical taillights do the job.

Powering the new Colorado is a set of 2.5 and 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel engines. Petrol engines are no longer on offer as Holden has chosen to go for a diesel-only strategy due to significantly higher demand for diesels compared to petrol-powered utes (97 percent in the 4×4 segment). Out of the 26 different Colorados on offer, only the absolute base model DX cab chassis is offered in the 2.5-litre guise (110kW – 350Nm) and in a manual only. It seems to exist solely to get an entry price point ($26,990) to drive dealer throughput. Given the company has dropped petrol engines altogether, it seems seemingly illogical to carry a different sized engine just for one, likely low-volume, variant.

2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review

The great majority of Holden Colorado buyers will have their vehicle powered by the new 2.8-litre Duramax turbo diesel engine that provides a healthy 132kW of power and 470Nm of torque when coupled to a six-speed automatic. Manual lovers will have to be content with the 440Nm of torque provided when coupled to a five-speed manual. Both configurations of the 2.8-litre engine provide a class leading towing capacity of 3.5 tonne (3.0 tonne for the 2.5L) and all new Colorados offer a one tonne payload.

It’s fair to say that it all looks good on paper, but how does the new Holden Colorado stack up in the real world? To find out, we drove a series of different Colorados from Brisbane airport out through the seriously twisty roads of Mount Glorious and onwards to Toowoomba for some towing and off-roading. Around the twisty stuff the Colorado was certainly not car-like, there was noticeable body roll around bends (which you’d expect for a body-on-frame vehicle of this size) and steering input was not as responsive as some of its competitors (e.g. Ford Ranger). Nonetheless it was easy to drive and simple to manoeuvre.

We also experienced a bit of wind noise when cruising at around 100-110km/h thanks largely to the giant side mirrors (we believe). It’s not overly loud, in fact it’s probably no worse than the ever-popular Toyota HiLux in terms of cabin quietness but again, it’s not as refined or car-like as the Volkswagen Amarok or the Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50 twins. On a more pleasant note, the 2.8-litre diesel engine (2.5-litre not tested) provides torque in all the right areas without causing much of a fuss. Powering out of corners is a breeze with power and torque being pushed to all four-wheels in 4H (4×4 high) but even in standard real-wheel drive mode it felt very competent in its power delivery.

2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review

One feature we were very impressed with was the Colorado’s electronic stability control (ESC), which worked extremely well to limit traction loss without cutting too much power. Around the tight corners of Mount Glorious, with moderate rain, we thought the Colorado would be a handful but it drove exceptionally well thanks to the ESC. On long highway stretches it’s also a pleasant ute to command, so long as you’re not bothered by the wind noise. The six-speed automatic is well mated to the engine and provides smooth and seamless gearshifts. The five-speed manual can do with an extra gear but is still far easier to live with than the Ranger’s finicky six-speed manual.

Holden’s main marketing point will be the Colorado’s best towing capacity in class (3.5 tonne compared to 3.35 tonne for the Ford Ranger). To showcase its might we had a good hour behind the wheel of two Colorados each towing a near 3 tonne load around suburbia and on highways. There’s certainly no issue towing a heavy load, even with three well-fed adults in the car (as tested). We felt the Colorado performed the task amicably and without complaints.

We did, however, feel rather uncomfortable sitting in the back seat during the towing process. The jittery movement (trailer without electric brakes) is likely to make any rear passenger feel a tad queasy. It’s also worth noting that the extra gear in the six-speed automatic seems to make the whole towing process a little easier in terms of acceleration and overall feel.

2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review

As for off-roading, the Holden Colorado’s 210mm ground clearance is more than adequate for the great majority of uses. We put it through a relatively easy four-wheel drive course and found it performed just as good as we expected. We’ve put the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger through much tougher 4WD tracks and found them exemplary.

The Holden Colorado lacks some of the sophisticated features of its rivals, such as hill descent control (Ranger) but unless you plan on doing serious off-roading, it’s a non-issue. The Colorado is by no means the best off-roader in class but that shouldn’t be a negative given the majority of ute owners never subject their beloved vehicles to anything a meter away from the tarmac.

What many owners may find surprising is the Colorado’s new and somewhat Spartan interior. Holden claims it’s the result of many user clinics and that even the instrument gauges are inspired by the Camaro. The reality, however, is rather different. We found the interior lacking in sophistication and the single colour stereo system and air-conditiong controls looking rather dated already (pictured below).

As for the Camaro-inspired gauges, the dial is so thick that it tends to cover the markings on the speedometer, which makes it rather hard to read (don’t try and use that excuse if you get pulled over by the men in blue). The front seats are comfortable and provide adequate support but the rear seats could do with a little more padding. The steering wheel also lacks in-out reach adjustment. It’s not the sort of vehicle you’d take the family on a long-distance trip in, at least comfortably. The Colorado has some way to go yet to match the cabin quality and overall interior-ambience of the Ranger and Amarok.

2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review

An ANCAP safety rating is still unreleased, but Holden’s decision to equip all Colorado variants with ABS with EBD, ESC, front driver and passenger airbags as well as full length curtain airbags is commendable. The company will also use its new capped-priced servicing strategy to lure new customers to the brand. A guaranteed $295 fee is all you’ll pay for the first four scheduled services for the first three years or 60,000 km (whichever comes first).

The Holden Colorado is offered in four different trims with prices ranging from $26,990 for the DX Cab Chassis manual to $51,990 for the range-topping LTZ pickup six-speed automatic. It has already acquired 1,500 preorders with all of those customers buying the vehicle unseen. That’s a pretty healthy number and one that goes to show the Colorado’s loyal customer base. In fact, according to Holden, Colorado customers are the most loyal for the manufacturer, even more so than Commodore buyers. Whether or not it will unsettle the seemingly unbeatable and iconic Toyota HiLux or tackle the private-buyer’s number one choice, the Nissan Navara, remains to be seen.

Check out the gallery (link up the top) for many more photos.

Holden Colorado DX highlights:

  • – 2.5 litre Duramax diesel (4×2)
  • – 2.8 litre Duramax diesel (4×4)
  • – 5-speed manual transmission
  • – Sump guard
  • – High ride height
  • – 16” steel wheels
  • – Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering
  • – Independent double wishbone, coil spring front suspension
  • – Leaf spring rear suspension
  • – Front airbags for driver and passenger
  • – Full length curtain airbags
  • – Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • – Front split bench seat
  • – Vinyl floor trim
  • – Air-conditioning
  • – Power windows
  • – Bluetooth® connectivity
  • – USB input with iPod® connectivity
  • – 12V power outlet
  • – Alarm
  • – Two flip keys

Holden Colorado LX highlights over DX:

2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
  • – 2.8 litre Duramax diesel
  • – Optional 6-speed automatic transmission with active select
  • – Cruise control
  • – Multifunction steering wheel controls
  • – Leather wrap steering wheel
  • – Body coloured exterior mirrors with side turn signal
  • – Power adjustable electric mirrors
  • – Front bucket seats
  • – Carpet floor trim
  • – 4-way adjustable driver’s seat (Single Cab)
  • – 6-way adjustable driver’s seat (Space and Crew Cab)
  • – 6-speakers (Space and Crew Cab)

Holden Colorado LT highlights over LX:

  • – 16” alloy wheels (4)
  • – Front fog lamps

Holden Colorado LTZ highlights over LT:

  • – 17” alloy wheels (4)
  • – 17” alloy spare wheel
  • – Projector headlamps
  • – Front fog lamps with chrome surround
  • – Chrome exterior mirrors with side turn signal
  • – Power adjustable and power folding exterior mirrors
  • – Chrome exterior and interior door handles
  • – Chrome rear bumper and tailgate handle
  • – LED tail lights
  • – Soft tonneau
  • – Alloy sports bar
  • – Side steps
  • – Electronic climate control
  • – Leather wrap gear knob (manual)
  • – Chrome gear selector (automatic option)
  • – 8-way electric adjustable driver’s seat
  • – 8 speakers (Crew Cab)
Holden Colorado Pricing:
  • DX Cab Chassis 2.5L TD MT $26,990
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD MT $27,990
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD AT $29,990


2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
2012 Holden Colorado Review
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD MT $33,990
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD AT $35,990
  • LX Pickup 2.8L TD MT $35,490
  • LX Pickup 2.8L TD AT $37,490
  • LT Pickup 2.8L TD MT $36,490
  • LT Pickup 2.8L TD AT $38,490
  • LTZ Pickup 2.8L TD MT $40,990
  • LTZ Pickup 2.8L TD AT $42,990


  • DX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD MT $34,990
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD MT $35,990
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD AT $37,990


  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD MT $40,490
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD AT $42,490
  • LTZ Pickup 2.8L TD MT $47,490
  • LTZ Pickup 2.8L TD AT $49,490


  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD MT $42,990
  • LX Cab Chassis 2.8L TD AT $44,990
  • LX Pickup 2.8L TD MT $44,490
  • LX Pickup 2.8L TD AT $46,490
  • LT Pickup 2.8L TD MT $45,490
  • LT Pickup 2.8L TD AT $47,490
  • LTZ Pickup 2.8L TD MT $49,990
  • LTZ Pickup 2.8L TD AT $51,990

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  • FanBoi

    Too little too later! Ranger and Amarok are the top dogs.


    • Sumpguard

      “Too Little Too Later”?

         Anyway I agree on the ford but the amarok is too dear for what you get. The styling of this Colorado has grown on me as I have walked past the up spec model in white the past few nights.

           It will sell and sell well. Certainly not too late.

      • Phil

        Bad service prices on the Ford. I just had a look – for some reason they have inconvenient 6 months intervals and boy are they expensive. First year adds up to $910. second year costs $970 and third year $870.
        The Ranger is literally twice as expensive to service as Colarado and triple the cost of Hilux.

        • Robbie

          In my service book for my PX XLT ranger it states the services as 12months/15000kms with optional 6 month “mid” services if used in extreme/adverse conditions.

          • Phil

            On their website they list a PJ, PK and PX version. I initally would’ve clicked the first one. Having another look and the PJ and PK listings do show 6 month intervals. PX is 12 months. It appears the PX version has different engines – 2.2 and 3.2 litres as opposed to 2.5 and 3.0.
            So the PX model ranger is half the price to service than the PJ and PK ones.

    • chad

      The Colorado will out sell the |Amarok no worries. look at the sales figures of the Amarok they are nothing compared to Hilux, Ranger and Navara. Australians have a lot more confidence in the Colorado than some unreliable VW company product. 

      • davo

        take the fleet sales out of the 3 you mentioned and lets see of tops the figures for private sales….

        • Dave S

          Why? why would a family buyer want to buy a ute and not a family car?

          • Ace

             because I have a 60kg dog and a family car doesn’t have enough room

          • Mark

            When I buy furniture or do yard work etc……won’t fit in the boot of my other car

  • Daniel

    It looks like a Camel.

    • Richard Joash Tan

      and you are a Holden hating troll

  • Pauly

    mmm not bad, but if I was in the market for a ute. My money would go towards the Ranger.

    Shame that Ford wont advertise this car anywhere as much as Holden will with the Colorado…

    • Jqnanwd

      disappointing indeed for a more superior car. Apparently Holden is going to spend 17 million on advertising the Holden Colorado

      • Phildebxy

        Of Tax payers money

        • Richard Joash Tan

          and you are a troll

      • Richard Joash Tan

        and you are a troll

    • Richard Joash Tan

      but for me and everything else, I would go towards the Colorado because I’m biased

      • Mark

        I’m neither Ford or Holden fan, sorry the Ford got over the line for me. Both had visual presence, however the Ranger looks tough and the Ford had the 4×4 capabilities I wanted. Funny though, BT50 is virtually identical, but what an ugly front end.

  • Sydlocal

    “Around the tight corners of Mount Glorious, with moderate rain, we thought the Colorado would be a handful but it drove exceptionally well thanks to the ESC”. If you were driving it with the ESC constantly “intervening” as the above sentence implies, then wouldn’t that be telling you that you aren’t driving to the conditions and that you should have “backed off” a little?  😉

  • Loft86

    It really does just look like a captiva from the front I think they should of gone for a more work truck look rather than soccer mum transport.

    • Simon

      it looks absolutely nothing like the Captiva

  • Phil

    Capped price servicing is $395 as published on Holdens website. It’s not $295 and it’s far from the cheapest.

    Four services over three years @ $395 is $1580 whilst Toyota offers six services over three years for Diesel Hilux @ $170 each = $1020 – some %50 cheaper than Holden.
    Mitsubishi is also cheaper than than Holden – 3 years servicing costs $1430 on Diesel Triton with the convenience of only having to go in three times and if you go for the Petrol Triton, 3 years only costs $645.

    However Crummer ute is much cheaper. $185 per service ($265 LPG).

    • twincharger

      Good point Phildo.Much cheaper to service a Commodore ute.

  • Ima_Hogg

    What a load of garbage. Uglier than the Mazda and way more ancient. No way your would buy one over a Ford or Toyota. Also the Holden would be much more unreliable.

    • Phil

      Well it seems that ugliness doesn’t matter. They already got 1500 orders from people who didn’t even look at it!

      • Ima_Hogg

        Yes but they are just stupid Holden Fanboys and bogans. Do you think a bogan would be seen dead in a Volkswagen?

        • Sumpguard

          ….and you’re quite clearly a holden hater!

              Uglier than the BT50? Someone needs to visit his eye specialist and soon.

          • Sydlocal

            At least the BT50 is not as ugly from the inside! 😉

          • Sumpguard

            I agree that the mazda is better sorted inside but I couldn’t live with the exterior no matter how well it drives. Even with the bullbar that I have seen fitted to every single one on the road up here !  But hey, we all look better in sunglasses .Especially us older fossils :)

              I personally think the Ranger is at the top of this heap and would own one proudly!

                 I looked at the demo Colorado they had outside the local dealership a month back and for some reason the one sitting there now which is the top spec doesn’t look as poorly done inside .The demo had a shiny plastic centre dash which looked aweful. The one they have there now somehow looks better done with a duller finish. 

               I doubt there is anything inherently wrong with this car. It just isn’t as good as the ford and it staggers me to think the ford isn’t selling too well. Ford need to clean out their marketing department and start again. I saw the ad for the new Colorado an hour or so ago for the first time and I’m prepared to take bets that it will outsell the ranger by 2:1 .

               Marketing is king. No company knows that better than toyota!

          • Karl Sass

            Sumpguard, I agree the Ranger is the best in class. The reason it’s not the best seller is simple; price.

          • davo

            and its not ugly on the outside its just that everyone wants boring old skool utes…

          • Sumpguard

            Reply to Karl.

               I agree on the price issue but then marketing is a key factor.

                IMO the ranger is a far more desirable proposition than the hilux but toyota’s marketing would have prospective buyers believing the hilux is “unbreakable” when I can assure you it is not the case anymore.

          • Ima_Hogg

            I credit holden were credit is due but when it isn’t they get heaps from me.

        • ricky

          you one of these people that think a VW is classy…. you poor poor hogg Hyundais are classier than VWs 

          • Ima_Hogg

            Ask Golfschwein or what ever I had a fight with him over how bad VW are. I hate VW much more than holden but when a company produces a quality vehicle the deserve some credit.

    • jekyl & hyde

      lol,you make top 10 with dribble like that.uglier than mazda?really? maybe you could retitle yourself “ima blind”…

      • Ima_Hogg

        Not everybody loves holdens as much as you do mate. I speak my mind comment what I like. Don’t like what I say well I don’t care.

        • jekyl & hyde

          don’t give a rat’s actually,but can’t stand one-eye’d dribble from someone who doesn’t really know :-)

          • Ima_Hogg

            What because my tastes aren’t to yours I speak dribble. That has to be one of the most stupid comments on this site. I don’t know anything because I don’t like the look of a Ute? Your must really love your bogadore.

          • Golfschwein

            You and I don’t fight, Ima_Hogg!

          • jekyl & hyde

            your opinion is exactly that-yours and yours only.then you say its unrealible.how the hell you YOU KNOW THAT if nobody else knows (other than holden).back in the trenches,trooper…

          • Ima_Hogg

            All holdens are garbage. Have they ever produced a reliable car NO. Owned many never again.

    • Henry Toussaint

       I’d buy it over a Hilux, only just…I’d atcully get a Ranger Wildtrak but thats 63k!

    • davo

      Its not that the new utes Mazda and Holden are ugly its that fact that the others are boring old styles…I would rather a BT50 over a Ranger anyday….

    • davo

      I would have the BT over whats out there now….as most the utes look the same…..yawn

    • Dave S

      I dont dont see how you could call the new Colorado ugly. it’s not odd looking like the Mazda and blends in with the Holden range. Why do people seem outragded by the idea that Holden may finally have a competitive product?

      The Ute sector is a big seller. It will be interesting to see how Holden goes, now that it finally has some stock and a competitive model.

  • Doctor

    A question: Does it have a DPF? The local Holden dealer couldn’t answer definitively.
    Secondly, a caution about the towing capacity. At GVM its 2,900kg (Ford/Mazda 2,750kg).
    GCM 6,000kg less GVM 3,100kg gives a towing capacity of 2,900kg at GVM. If you want to tow a full 3,500 then it’ll have to be without a load in the tray as you’ll have about 350kg on the towball to start with, leaving you close to the GCM without any passengers.

    • Karl Sass

      Most cars are like that.

    • jekyl & hyde

      no,it doesn’t.but at does have a timing belt,not chain…

  • Mosmanite

    Got to love the 80’s velour on the seats!

    As stated previously, this will sell bucket loads simply because of the badge on the front, the same as the Hilux. It will be a different story overseas.

    • Dave S

      Not just the badge, but the dealer network. There are branches all over Australia, same cant be said for all of the opposition.

  • Grumpy01

    So much for the early “mail” that it would have all the fruit. they were talking leather, sat nav, reversing camera etc being available. Given that a high proportion now use these as alternatives for family cars and for tow vehicles rather than hard core 4×4 use its a bit weak really. Anyone know when a ranger wildtrack will actually appear in dealerships??

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      Ranger Wildtraks come and go straight away.

      Best contacting your preffered dealer to ask if he can show you one that is already sold so you can at least look at it. We have delivered quite a few and it does look the business.

      If you get the phone call to look make sure you get in there to see it.

      BTW a boat just arrived from thailand so ask around now to look. Next orders they are talking end of year or early 2013.

      Who needs advertising if you can get enough?

      • Grumpy01

        Thanks MM. I’m about to start a new job and hopefully my company car will be turned over. The Wildtrack really appeals, but I’m told they have a relationship with Holden. Oh well, have to wait and see….thanks for the info.

    • Zandit75

      I saw a white Wildtrak yesterday in Perth, Looks tough with the dark accents.

  • Karl Sass

    The looks have grown on me and no doubt it’ll sell well. However that interior and those seats are a massive fail.

    • Richard Joash Tan

      and you are a troll

      • Karl Sass

        Okay then. Although I would love to know how you come to that conclusion?

  • Legendary

    To summarise the review = it’s not as good as the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 or Volkswagen Amarok.

    And they spent 2 billion on it? This is one of the biggest segments in the world, and the biggest in Oz … it doesn’t sound like the Colorado is up to scratch.

    Once again Holden’s marketing team will need to pull a rabbit out of the hat … something of which they are more than capable!

  • jekyl & hyde

    hey c.a,

    the colorado’s tow capacity without(electric) brakes is 750kg.how much weight was on the trailor?
    drive illegally much ? lol…

    • Karl Sass

      It could have had hydraulic brakes.

      • Zandit75

        Either way it was not mentioned, and the two utes they drove were both in the 3 tonne range. Brake assistance of some kind is mandatory on all vehicles over 750kgs, not just the Colorado.

        • Richard Joash Tan

          but also on full size trucks from the USA

  • Zandit75

    I think there is one model too many. Either drop the LX or the LT, and just offer the Alloys and foglights as standard. Who in their right mind is going to buy the LX when the the LT is only a grand dearer with those couple of extras. Most dealers would just sell the LT for a grand cheaper and make the sale.

  • MK

    I still do not see how this vehicles can cost more than $30”.

  • MisterZed

    Ergh, yuck, what are Holden thinking.  We have one model that looks like it has prison bars on the back, another with a tacky 80s-style alloy “roll cage”, and another with an ugly steel tray at the back.  The review also mentions the thick needle makes reading the speedo difficult – but it has a digital speed readout as well, so why is this an issue?

    • Mulls Fropherine

      It may be an issue if the driver is wearing polarized glasses..?

  • Prospector4000

    Nissan Navara V6 TD 170kw 550nm rules..

    • Sumpguard

      Nto when I can by a Jeep Cherokee with V6 TD 177kw 550 nm for $10 grand less!

      • Sydlocal

        I didn’t know there was a version of the Cherokee with a “tray” on the back… 😉

        I know what you are getting at and fully agree about the value for money in the Jeep, however what has that got to do with comparing different 4WD “trucks”?

        • Sumpguard

           QUOTE ”

              I didn’t know there was a version of the Cherokee with a “tray” on the back… ;-)”        End Quote.

             Exactly. You made my point for me. Utes should be cheaper than wagons and for obvious reasons. The fact that the Jeep is $10,000 cheaper than the navara and $20,000 cheaper than the pathfinder with the V6 diesel shows just how ridiculously expensive the Nissan is.
               So I was using a comparison to highlight the fact. The navara would be last on my list. Prior ownership of a D40 and several significant issues means I’d happily forego the V6 engine and buy the ranger or even the colorado. 

               Both have ample power anyway and the colorado matches the navaras payload and towing so all you’re left with in the navara is bragging rights of having a V6 engine which you paid too much for. 

               Really you are paying $10,000 for an engine upgrade because the few extras you get over the 4 cylinder diesel aren’t worth much and wouldn’t have cost Nissan $200.00 in total.

               Hope that makes better sense now as to why I used the Jeep as a comparison.

               I’m not sure if they have upgraded the navara’s underbody protection in the D40 or not but mine was next to useless as an offroader. The D22 was a much better offroad vehicle. 

          • Prospector4000

            Which jeep dealership do you work at? Comparing apples with avocados is something you should avoid.

          • Sumpguard

               I certainly don’t work for Jeep (I own a Sportage which is widely known in here) but I’d be spending $55k on their diesel 4×4 much sooner than on the way overpriced Navara. Simple as that. 

                The fact that my own D40 was a bomb certainly helps my decision but $65,000 for a Nissan ute? No thanks!!

          • Sumpguard

              No apples or avocados… Just a lemon!

      • Prospector4000

        With no leather, satnav, heated seats, the list goes on, try and be accurate when you post.

  • subjective

    It will sell on price and towing capacity alone.  C’mon guys, yes i agree it’s not as good as the ranger, but it’s a step forward on whats offered now and most of us werent complaining about the current crop when they came out. 

    Tradies and ute lovers will buy them and love them – that’s what they have always done. 

    For the record, i would buy the ranger, but the colorado and dmax would be ahead of the BT-50 (why buy an alien when you can get the ranger) and the Amorok (2.0 TT diesel might be ok now, but how ill it be when i has towed 2.5tonne for 200,000km)

    • Sumpguard

        Alien  ROFL.

           A very accurate description nonetheless.

  • davo

    Its all about choice and my would go for the Mazda over the Ford…..a fresh and new style look than an old boring dated one….

  • Ima_Hogg

    @golfschwein We fought about the reliability of VW.

  • Benny

    The front end is not a new idea, it’s identical to the 2002 Holden jackroo with the colour coded single grill

  • Rocket

    Will probably take sales off the Commodore over the next 12 months as most Holden buyers are very parochial and do not consider better vehicles especially if they cost more.

    • ricky

      do you think it might have anything to do with the fact that maybe owning a holden in this country makes common sense, dealers are everywhere, parts typically are reasonably priced, if something does go wrong parts are always close by and there is someone that can fix it and when you go to sell it some one is going to buy it because of those same reasons again, same with ford, toyota etc… buy a VW or Renault or something like that and see how many boxes that ticks…. would be lucky to be half, probably not bad vehicles just don’t make sense to own in this country 

  • Jason

    the front has a Chevy truck look about it

    • Ace

       It is a rebadged Chevy, wonder how long it will be before people swap the badges over

  • Hugh

    I’ve driven one and It was excellent to drive, an auto 2.8 LT.  Quiet, accelerates strongly, light controls.  Plenty of room and everything at a comfortable position.  It was very impressive.  Certainly not a bad car.  I would be happy to drive it all the time.  My daughter like the look and thinks it looks tough.  I have a 92 Holden Rodeo turbo diesel (I purchased in in 96) and I can still get parts for it and is so reliable.  So, if it’s true to it’s heritage, it should be a good buy.   

  • Tim

    The new D max is a better looking ute imo but hey I bought the Ranger

  • Turbodewd

    Ford Ranger – designed and engineered in Australia.  This vehicle isn’t.  That’s game winner for me! :^)

  • Diesel hater

    I’m past caring what utes look like. I just want a simple extra cab, manual, 2WD, V6 ute. This Colorado is as horrible to drive as any other diesel & the lack of power is scary especially on the highway. I’d rather pay more for fuel & have a ute with power any day. If V6 2011 Colorados were so unwanted, why can I not find one in a caryard anywhere. Seems to be plenty of other new 2011 vehicles still being advertised. Does anyone know how many V6 utes Holden made in 2011?

  • Ian Robertson

    I just bought one LX 4X4 duel cab auto $ 39500 drive away.Got $30000 for my 08 BT50 as a trade.
    Ford & Mazda couldn’t get any where near this.I may be missing some of the gadgets but believe this was a great deal.

  • Leda_76

    I tried all the new Utes on the market, ranger, Colorado and amoraka. And even with a 7 month wait i could not pass up buying the new ranger. The Colorado needs a 6th gear and is about a series behind the ranger in refinement. And the engine seems well under powered in the vw. I have had the ranger for about 2 months now and love every bit of it. Also all three makes that i drove all came in at about the same price. Toyota, Nissan and mit need major up grading.

  • Mark65

    I drive a Ranger company car, I would not spend my money on one. Does anyone know anything about the Duramax engines? Are they as reliable as the Isuzu?

  • Dekenai

    l am regretting my decision to buy the Colorado. IT CHEWS JUICE!
    anyone else have that problem?
    the dealer quoted 7.9l/100 but l yet to see anything under 10.5l/100 with an average of 11l/100 !
    thats garbage!–
    Holdens answer, (love this bit of spin), oh but you bought a trayback and bull bar and heavy tow bar!–(all factory fitted), so you’ve got to expect the fuel consumption, and besides have a close look at our figures and what the recommended 7.9l/100 really means—
    do you expect me to believe a tray in lieu of a tub, bulbar and tow bar puts the consumption up from 7.9l/100 to over 11l/100 ?!
    This was your last chance Holden. l should have bought the BT-50–

  • V6 ute owner

    Bring back the V6 Holden since these horrible diesels seem to be using the same amount of fuel yet have half the power not to mention how bad they sound.

  • williamsen

    I wonder how many Das Auto sales people are making false comments how great their brand is. Just because Das Auto paid for lots and lots of advertising does not mean everything else is not as good!

  • Leslie Haynes

    How do i know if the sports bar on my second hand Colorado was factory fitted. I’m looking at a clip fit tonneau system not bungi and the company say it will only fit factory fitted sports bar.

  • V6 ute owner

    Interesting to see how many of these lousy diesel utes are already being sold by – I’m assuming – unhappy buyers in the short time they have been available. Bring back V6 petrol utes for those who want a decent ute. HOLDEN ARE YOU LISTENING? Unlikely, they don’t have to drive the rubbish they make, just sell it.

  • Unbiased Reviewer

    After reviewing and test driving the Holden Colorado, Ford Ranger, Toyota Hi-Lux, Isuzu D Max, Nissan Navarra, and Mazda BT-50 and the Mitsubishi Triton we bought the Holden Colorado.
    To be honest, we had placed the Holden at the very bottom of our list because we were not familiar with the brand. After all was said and done, if I were to list them in order of preference (just based upon looks, options and drive), I probably would put the Toyota 1st, Ford 2nd and Holden 3rd. I would put the Mitsubishi last because it was incredibly uncomfortable and had no power.
    However, we elected for the Holden because: 1. The drive/power was comparable with the Hi-Lux and Ford. 2. It was an attractive truck with that nice diesel roar. 3. Routine maintenance costs over the life of the car were much lower than any of the other trucks. 4. We were provided a much better options package with the truck than was offered at the other dealerships. 5. Value for money – the price was much much better than the Hi-Lux or Ford.
    Overall, we are happy with our purchase. We hope to remain happy and that our experience with driving this Holden will convert us over to their brand. I suppose only time will tell.

  • 4x4man

    Love my Holden Colorado, see them everywhere on the roads! selling well! Highly recommend!

  • stephen

    i have wind noise in my lx Colorado it is driving me nuts trying to fix it with holden dealer but they are saying it is in my head

Holden Colorado Specs

Car Details
DX (4x2)
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$15,400 - $17,500
Dealer Retail
$16,650 - $19,800
Dealer Trade
$12,100 - $14,000
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
350Nm @  2000rpm
Max. Power
110kW @  3800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:3000  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
245/70 R16
Rear Tyres
245/70 R16
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Rear Suspension
Leaf spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Mobile Phone Connectivity, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Engine & Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
9 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Mid Driver Side Chassis
Country of Origin