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2014 Holden Trax LTZ Speed Date
David Zalstein
By David Zalstein
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$28,490 (before on-road costs)
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David Zalstein
By David Zalstein

So, where did you go on your date?

The plan was to go out and enjoy some time in a group situation but we decided to sneak off, pick up some Thai takeaway and go back to my house.

Ideal first date?

Maybe a nice gentle run down Beach Rd before grabbing some gelati for a relaxed cruise down Acland St. Something fun but not too demanding.

Hot or not?

Depends on what you like but definitely looks fit and active. Seemed happy enough to try anything too, so perhaps there’s a bit of a spark there…

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

Comfortable overall, though, narrow seats might be better suited for slimmer folk. Nice feeling steering wheel and loads of little storage areas and cubby holes to put – or hide – ‘stuff’ in are great but there are some oddities.

The footwell is strangely narrow and the digital speedo display just looks cheesy and mid-80s. The blue- and red-lit tachometer looks quite cool, though, and the climate controls are well thought out and cleverly integrate the seat heater switches into the temperature and mode dials.

The MyLink touchscreen interface and Bluetooth technology proved mostly good, barring the silly volume buttons (JUST USE A DIAL), and phone pairing was also a little slow to complete.

Standout features?

Rear seat room is surprisingly spacious, with plenty of head and legroom and, while light, the steering is actually quite sharp.

Annoying habits?

Chunky B- and C-pillars make vision a little difficult, though, good side mirrors and a reversing camera do a reasonable job of improving the situation. Less helpful, however, is the combination of a small and skinny rear-view mirror and a heavily raked letterbox rear window.

A touch pokey, the 103kW/175Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine does sound a little harsh and thrashy when given beans and, on occasion, the six-speed automatic transmission can also get caught out between gears.

Ready for a family?

A small family? Maybe one kid? Sure. But a lack of boot-(y) means limitations. Adequate enough if shopping trips are restricted to only a few bags – a pram, I suspect, would struggle – the Trax’s 356-litre rear-end rules out more littlies.

High maintenance?

Not really. Services fixed at $185 for the first three years or 60,000km plus a three-year/100,000km warranty and one year’s roadside assist.

Any deal-breakers?

I don’t dig SUVs. Small, mid-size or large, I’m not an SUV guy and I’d have trouble dropping 28,490 of my own dollars on something I don’t love. I’d rather spend that coin on a second-hand Renault Megane RS…

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

The Holden Trax is a good-looking little high-riding runabout. It rides well on its 18-inch wheels, there’s a little bit of body roll but not excessive amounts and it gets loads of gear such as fog lights, leather upholstery, and infotainment apps. But I’m afraid it’s a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’.

Keeping your options open?

For now, yes. Look, we had a really nice time and I know you’ll find someone who will appreciate you for you but I think we’re just too different. No hard feelings though.

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

Young, funky inner-city types who appreciate cool and different design but are at the mercy of space limitations and don’t have a tribe to worry about. People who want to look like they are fun, active, outdoor folk but really only traverse narrow streets and speed bumps on the way to their favourite coffee haunt that’s so cool they “can’t tell you about it”.