Auto Review: 2017 Holden Colorado Z71

LET’S go there. It’s the somewhat controversial slogan recently introduced by Holden to promote its range of vehicles. So does the 2017 Holden Colorado Z71 4×4 go there? Actually, it probably goes there and back.

The Z71 is the class topper for the Colorado range, a beefed up, at least looks wise, version of the already optioned LTZ variant. It comes loaded with a bunch of ‘tough’ style options to make it look like a drop in from a US pick up party.

You get a Maloo style sail plane, black door handles, a groovy bonnet decal, heated leather seats, and roof rails. There’s a lot to like about the look and style of the Z71 though, and it’s got a real next level workhorse ute thing happening.

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We already mentioned that 4×4 capability, but it’s also got a 3.5 tonne braked towing capacity, and a whopping 500Nm of torque. That grunt comes thanks to the 147Kw 2.8-litre 4-cylinder Duramax turbo diesel engine.

It comes as a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto, and you can switch from 2WD to 4×4 on the fly. While we’re the first to recommend you switch in a stationary position, it’s nice to know it’s possible.

The infotainment system is the well-known Holden MyLink, with in this case, an 8-inch touch screen, which includes the mirror feature. For the uninitiated, it’s essentially a more basic version of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, without the sexy interface.

Inside, there’s a marked improvement in the interior over the previous model as well, with a more upmarket feel to the whole space, with a mix of soft materials and plastic highlights around the instrument cluster and radio.

All 2017 Holden Colorado variants receive a 5.-star ANCAP safety rating, thanks to some seven airbags, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, and in the case of the LTZ and Z71, a few extra safety features.

These include forward collision alert and lane departure warnings, as well as remote start, individual tyre pressure monitors, and front parking sensors.

Out on the open road, it’s very easy to see the differences Holden engineers have made to the Colorado over last years’ model; it’s much more fun to drive and now has an electric steering rack, designed to provide improved feedback at all speeds.

The amount of steering lock has also been lowered from 3.9 to 3.29, giving the new Holden Colorado a much more car-like feel. The suspension has copped an update too, with revised spring rates and further front end improvements.

The rear shocks have also been tweaked, as has the front stabiliser, with all these changes making the 2017 Holden Colorado Z71 a dynamic and impressive drive. Dare we say it will give the Ford Ranger Wildtrak a run for its money? Yes, yes we do.

It comes in just four colours, including Absolute Red, Summit White, Mineral Black and Satin Steel Grey. It hits the road $54,990 for the manual and $57,190 for the auto, with all prices being plus on-roads.

Our 2017 Holden Colorado Z71 was provided by Holden Australia. To find out more, contact your local Holden dealer.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness


Pros - smart appearance; more confident steering; comfortable.
Cons -only four colour choices; spongy brakes; no autonomous emergency brakes.
Cameron Cooke
Cameron Cooke
Cameron Cooke is a professional photographer and writer with extensive automotive industry experience. He's living the dream as far as he's concerned, working in a career in digital photography and penning automotive content.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> smart appearance; more confident steering; comfortable.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong>only four colour choices; spongy brakes; no autonomous emergency brakes.Auto Review: 2017 Holden Colorado Z71