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2014 Holden Colorado 7 LTZ Speed Date
James Ward
Quick Specs
$47,990 (before on road costs)
3 year / 100,000km
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So, where did you go on your date?

"Can you name the truck with four wheel drive, smells like a steak and seats 35?"

Well, it seats seven... COLORADO! The big Holden SUV and I were on multiple-children minding duty, so it was off to the park with ice creams in the back and some tunes in the front!

Ideal first date?

I could suggest heading bush or crossing the continent, as the Holden Colorado 7 is a tourin', towin', off-roadin' machine... but to be honest it handled a bunch (I'm sure it is the correct collective noun) of sub 8-year old girls and their accompanying Katy Perry songs, on our Saturday urban adventure very well.

Hot or not?

No one likes to be the one to come out and say this, but the Colorado 7 isn't exactly Jenny from the block. The tough looking nose is shared with the Colorado ute, but the rear trails into a wagon body that looks a little bit awkward.

To call it out, the biggest issue I have with Colorado is its bum. There's no balancing a champagne glass here - the bob tail of the Holden wagon is well suited to a 22-degree departure angle, but it just looks a little short. If the designers went a bit more 'Kardashian' on it, I believe the lines would balance out better, plus would give it a much bigger boot(y) - improving the functionality no end.

It's what's inside that counts, what do you think of the interior?

Fifty Shades of Grey - is what sums up the interior materials. Hard wearing and durable - but conversely not super nice to touch.

The Colorado 7 LTZ is treated to leather seats in all three rows though. The design is basic, but functional and there is certainly enough room for my pint-sized rockers to punch out some "Let it Go" solos, complete with all of Elsa's theatrical gesticulations.

Up front, the 7" MyLink touch-screen is a pleasant enough interface, but if regularly turning volume down - the tap/tap buttons or alternative tap-slide movement are not very intuitive to manage when your eyes are on the road. The steering wheel controls are OK, but a simple rotary knob would be better yet.

Standout features?

"She blinds everybody with her super high beams, she's a squirrel crushing, deer smacking, driving machine!"

Jokes aside, spend a bit of time with the Colorado and you can't help but like the big lug. It's solid, reliable and will pretty much go where ever you do. So sure, it's more trusty old pet dog than exciting up-beat Snoop Dawg (Lion) - but this is where the relationship works.

Take the kids to school, and the Holden Colorado is ready. Head out of town for some camping or even hook up the boat (with a 3,500kg towing capacity) and the Colorado would run inside and grab its lead if it could.

Annoying habits?

The small boot is more than just a style issue for mine - the boot size with all three seating rows deployed is pretty tiny. So much so I struggled to fit a backpack in.

Insult to injury - if you do manage to fit your bags of shopping back there, the boot floor is raised (over the cargo blind storage cavity) and so if you park on even a slight 'nose up' incline - when you open the boot there is nothing to stop all your bags falling out. If you are using the load bay with the third row stowed, then the size is great and you don't run into these issues.

Ready for a family?

There's enough room, storage and comfort for all passengers - even in the third row - but the luggage compromise means the Colorado wont fit the whole clan and your gear.

Keep it as a five-seater with 'sometimes' seven and you'll enjoy it more.

High maintenance?

Holden are offering the Colorado with a special extended five-year warranty and capped price services of just $295 for 15,000km intervals. The 147kW / 500Nm 2.8L turbo diesel averages less than 10L/100km - pretty impressive for an almost 2.2-tonne truck.

Any deal-breakers?

The boot really did drive me spare - it just seems like such a silly design.

So, is it serious or just a one night stand?

While my GRLs were happy to bop along to GRL ad nauseam, some of the less refined elements of the Colorado were beginning to irk me. It is very trucky (in noise and behaviour) and doesn't feel particularly special in any circumstance.

I don't want this to seem overly harsh, it's a good reliable cattle dog of a car. A border-collie kelpie cross - a bit rough around the edges but great for the family and always ready for an adventure.

My team are still a bit too urban for the Colorado but for my regional area counterpart, it would work well.

Keeping your options open?

The benchmark seven-seat off-road SUV is the Toyota Prado, and for the budget conscious the Ssangyong Rexton presents excellent value.

There is also the sister to the Colorado; the Isuzu MU-X - read here where we compare the two - which adds a slightly better ride and some nice goodies to the mix.

If it's not for you, who would you recommend it to?

She may not quite be the 'top of the line in utility sports' but the Holden Colorado 7 is a pretty solid option for those needing a tough all rounder. Space, off-road ability and that class-leading tow capacity make the big Holden a good option for families or couples who need to pull a boat or van on wide open adventures.