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What's Hot
Big torque, reasonable ride, powerful air-conditioning.
What's Not
Interior quality is a major let-down, as is boot layout.
X-Factor
Got something heavy to tow, or a fire trail to climb? The Colorado 7 will help you out.
Tony O'Kane | May, 31 2013 | 12 Comments

HOLDEN COLORADO 7 REVIEW

Vehicle Style: 4WD wagon
Engine/trans: 132kW/470Nm 2.8 litre turbodiesel four | six-speed auto
Price: $50,490 (plus on-roads)
Fuel Economy claimed: 9.4l/100km | tested: 9.5l/100km

 

OVERVIEW

When it comes to seven-seaters, there’s an array of options from people-movers to SUVs, both big and small.

Then there’s the proper offroaders: behemoths like the Nissan Patrol and LC200 Landcruiser, or ute-based seven-seaters such as the Nissan Pathfinder and Mitsubishi Challenger.

In case the name didn’t tip you off, the Holden Colorado 7 belongs firmly in the latter category.

With a seven-seat body on top of the Colorado pickup’s ladder frame, it’s pitched as offering the ruggedness of a work ute with the practicality of a wagon.

Does it deliver? Broadly speaking, yes, but the Colorado 7 is not the best of its breed.

 

THE INTERIOR

Unlike some seven-seaters, the Colorado 7 has quite a bit of space in its third-row seats.

Two adults of moderate height can be accommodated there without needing to adopt a knees-up attitude.

The second row features a reclining backrest and they tumble forward with the pull of a lever for easy access to the third row.

All back seat passengers get face-level air outlets, with a dedicated air-conditioner housed inside the rear quarter panel. For hot Aussie summers, this is a godsend.

Meanwhile the front seats offer a good view of the road ahead, and are comfortable enough.

Interior quality and construction however is woeful. The plastics are hard and cheap, and there are obvious misalignments.

The boot features a 12 Volt outlet but only one shopping bag hook. With all seats up and cargo blind in place, it offers just 205 litres of luggage room.

Folding down the third row however opens up 554 litres (although they don’t fold flush) while all rows down will net 1830 litres.

MORE: see more Colorado 7 reviews here.


 

ON THE ROAD

Get past the clattering of the 2.8 litre turbodiesel and you’ll find a strong and willing powertrain.

The Colorado 7’s 2.8 litre inline-four produces 132kW of power at 3800rpm and a stout 470Nm of torque from just 2000rpm.

With such impressive low-end tractability, and maximum tow rating of 3000kg, the Colorado 7 won’t break into a sweat towing a boat or builder’s trailer.

The turbo diesel is laggy as hell, but that’s not exactly uncommon at the workhorse end of ute-based wagons (the Challenger is worse).

It comes with a six-speed automatic as standard, but tends to be too eager to kick down a gear - especially considering the stump-pulling torque of the engine.

On the road though, the Colorado 7 behaves fairly well. The rear suspension is a coil-sprung live axle - and tends to shiver over sharp lumps and bumps - but provides a better ride than its ute-backed sibling.

MORE: see more Colorado 7 reviews here.


 

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

First things first: at $50,490, the Colorado 7 LTZ holds a considerable price advantage over its direct competitors.

It’s more than $5k cheaper than the Mitsubishi Challenger XLS and Nissan Pathfinder ST-L, and comes with automatic as standard.

It’s also, thanks to the bigger, stronger diesel, a more relaxed drive than the Nissan and Mitsubishi.

But could we live with that woefully constructed interior? Probably not; for an ‘up-spec’ model, it’s difficult to overlook.

As a cost-effective tow vehicle or off-road workhorse, the cheaper Colorado 7 LT model ($4k less) makes the most sense.

 

Pricing

  • Colorado 7 LT - 6-speed AT - $46,990
  • Colorado 7 LTZ - 6-speed AT - $50,490

Note: prices exclude on-road costs.

 
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