We always know it’s a good BabyDrive when we ask each other “Will you be sad to give this car back?!” With the Holden Colorado, Crew Cab LTZ, the answer was a unanimous YES! I thoroughly enjoyed driving this car and it’s been a surprisingly good BabyDrive.
I was intimidated at first by the size of the Colorado, I thought it would take a long time and be difficult to park, be awkward to lift my 12.5kg baby up into and being 162cm I’d never be able to reach in to do up her seatbelt, let alone into the back of the tray with the pram! I’m happy to say I was wrong!
The Holden Colorado is both practical and fun and thanks to the great visibility of the reversing camera and its tight turning circle it’s easy and satisfying to park for a car of its size too. The elevated seating position gave me great visibility and I discovered it to be the perfect height for posting Tulsi straight into her car seat without having to bend down and in like I do with many lower cars. My friends’ older kids found it fun to have to hop up into their seats and enjoyed the higher drive position for visibility.
The cab is very spacious, providing ample leg room for the front passenger even with a rear facing child seat behind them. I could get a good shop in the cab too and found it surprisingly comfortable to use the tray for the stroller, dog and shopping bags. Lifting the stroller in and out of the tray was pretty simple, and yes I had to lift it higher than I would a sedan but it’s straight in and I didn’t have to bend, unlike some cars where I’m fighting to post it through a difficult shaped boot opening.
The audio is easy to connect my phone to and easy to navigate with the Apple CarPlay.
I could turn off park assist and lane departure beeping with the conveniently positioned buttons on the central console which is always a winning feature for me!!
One of the main downsides for me was back window being flat and so close to the back seats that when Tulsi was rear-facing the sun shone straight onto her face.
None of the doors shut properly the first time and the windows open about an inch automatically when you open the doors, which at first I thought was a nice feature to let some air in but soon became annoying! There was nowhere convenient for my mobile phone, the steering wheel could not be adjusted in and out and the central storage compartment lid is too long, spilling my drink and making its opening button inaccessible with a drink in the holder.
The cup holders are an inadequate size and we could do with a few more of them please Holden!
These were really the only faults I could find, we found it a great family car. It was enjoyable to drive, park and use with children. It is also practical as a five-seater with enormous and accessible storage space in the tray, or you can fold the back row of seats up and throw your weekend camping gear in the back for a rare parents only weekend getaway! (Dreaming!!)