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Holden Trax review
- Vital Stats
$23,490 - $27,990
Small for an SUV
A Trax in Orange Rock, anyone?
Holden's all-new small SUV, the Trax, launched in September with great success. It's cute and compact, yet still beefy enough you won't get bossed around at the traffic lights.
Style & drive
The Trax, Holden's five-seater small SUV, joins the brand's SUV lineup as the baby sister to the Colorado, Captiva 7 and Captiva 5. Available in two trim levels (the LS and the LTZ), the Trax ranges in price from $23,490 - $27,990.
We hopped into the top-of-the-line LTZ for a week-long test drive. It was great fun to drive, and had all the height of a normal SUV but was definitely lacking in length. Holden classifies the Trax as a small SUV, and "small" is right. Along for the ride was our seven-month baby in her rear-facing car seat. The car seat effectively robbed the front passenger of most of their leg room, and we had to pop one wheel off our full-size pram in order to close the boot. (In comparison, the Holden Cruze hatch we test-drove the week before fit the pram, wheels and all).
Aside from the storage issues that might rule out people with small kids and/or lots of junk to throw in the boot, the Trax is attractive both inside and out. The stubby, muscular design will get the guys, while the compact design and high seating position will appeal to the ladies.
The interior of the LTZ looks good. It's streamlined and well designed, however the cheaper plastics will show wear and tear. The MyLink media system will grab the 20-somethings who love their tech specs. As well as Bluetooth and iPod/USB/AUX input, it features Siri Eyes Free Integration, and through the seven-inch multi-function touch screen, users will be able to access embedded apps including Pandora Internet Radio, Stitcher Smart Radio, TuneIn, and BringGo navigation apps by connecting a compatible device running those apps to the car. You might need a bright seven-year old to help you with the synching. We had a bit of trouble getting it to mate up. Standard features also include 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-con, heated front seats, auto headlights, rear-parking sensors and a reversing camera.
Under the bonnet of the Trax LTZ is a 1.8-litre, four cylinder DOHC petrol engine that's also features in the 2014 Cruze range. It's got a good amount of grunt to get you where you're going. Driving dynamics are good and for city driving the Trax is light, maneuverable and fun. It does get a bit noisy on the open road.
The Trax launched with a five-star safety rating from ANCAP. It features six airbags (driver, passenger, front side and curtain). Active safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Anti-lock braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The Trax has a reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard across the range. There are three child car seat anchorage points in the rear, and ISOFIX anchors on both outboard rear seats. Holden has announced that from now on, all new vehicles from the brand will now feature ISOFIX as standard, which is brilliant as car seats are far easier to install correctly with ISOFIX.
Fuel consumption: 7.6L/100km
CO2 emission: 179g/km.
Trax LS manual - $23,490
Trax LX automatic - $25,690
Trax LTZ automatic - $27,990.
Describe the car in 3 words:
Compact, stocky, fun.
What are the best things about this car?
It looks like an SUV but can fit into parking spots a regular hatch would envy.
And the downsides?
The boot's small for an SUV.
What does it run on?
Yes and no. It's super cute and fun to drive, but it's just not practical when you have small kids. The boot's just a bit too small.
If personified, who would this car be?
(Review by Georgia Bartlett.)