2008 Holden Colorado LT-R 4x4 Review

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2008 Holden Colorado LT-R 4x4 Review & Road Test

Strong and efficient but a touch underdone

Model Tested:

  • 2008 Holden RC Colorado LT-R Crew-cab, 3.0-litre, turbo- diesel, 4x4 automatic - $47,990 (RRP)

  • Metallic Paint $300 (Fitted - Imperial Blonde)

Towing capacity, strong & economic diesel
Fit & finish, suspension set-up, engine noise

CarAdvice Rating:

- by Matt Brogan

Although it is essentially based on the Rodeo platform, albeit with re-pressed Colorado sheet metal, Holden’s new light commercial is altogether a different machine, and despite looking markedly familiar from the outside at least, is not quite as well screwed together as I recall its predecessor being.

Being the range topping LT-R tested, our Colorado offers side and rear steps, alloy wheels, front mud flaps, front fog lamps, remote central locking, six-disc CD tuner, trip computer, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, tilt adjustable leather clad steering wheel, cloth trim and air-conditioning, but get up close and personal and it is evident that the finer points of the Colorado are a little on the underdone side, in fact were it a steak, it’d still be mooing.

Now sure, I’m being a little critical here, but it’s not entirely undeserved, for my week and a half with the Colorado have presented quite a few issues, the sum of which have left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Match this to a longer than necessary ratio and you will find small corrections and even lane changes on the open road require far more input than should be appropriate – not to mention the bus-like 12.6 metre turning circle.

Some of the more trivial issues include reversing sensors that are not to be trusted and Bluetooth reminiscent of an after-market installation from a phone retailer (affixed to the top right-hand side of the windscreen). Incidentally, I could not pair this to my phone for love or money.

Instrumentation lighting cannot be dimmed with the remainder of the dash and is also of a contrasting colour to ancillary controls. This shouldn’t worry you too much though because the headlamps are like candles in jam jars so should you wish to travel at night you'll be far too focused on what's happening in front to worry about panel lights.

The back seats are quite upright and not well padded which makes for a bone jarring ride, especially off-road, and are in all honesty only really suitable in terms of width for two adults.

The automatic gearbox offers no selectivity (manual mode) and despite being quite smooth of shift, is too delayed in kick down, often jumping back two gears instead of one to counter the poor reaction time. Still it somehow affords the Colorado decent fuel economy with our 10-day test returning 10.2 litres per 100km with combined use on and off road, city and highway (variable loads including some moderate towing).

The Colorado LT-R is equipped with dual front airbags, the aforementioned ABS, and offers a three-star ANCAP rating. Though we hasten to point out that ANCAP based these results on the Rodeo with the Colorado having not yet seen testing.

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How does it Go:


  • Engine: 2999cc OHV four cylinder (8 valve)
  • Power: 120kW @ 3600rpm
  • Torque: 333Nm @ 1600rpm
  • Induction: Common-rail & turbocharged
  • Transmission: Four-speed dual-range automatic
  • Differential/Driven Wheels: LSD/four-wheel
  • Brakes: Disc/drum, ABS with EBD
  • Top Speed: Not Tested
  • 0-100km/h: 16.8 seconds
  • CO2 Emissions: 237g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 9.0 litres per 100km
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 76 litres
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • ANCAP Rating: Three star*
  • Airbags: Dual front
  • Spare Wheel: Full size alloy
  • Tow Capacity: 3000kg (Braked)
  • Turning Circle: 12.6 metres
  • Warranty: 3 year / 100,000km
  • Weight: 1932kg (Tare)/968kg (Payload)
  • Wheels: Alloy 16 x 7.0-inch

*ANCAP test result based on Rodeo as Colorado has not yet been tested.

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