ON THE RIGHT TRAX
2017 Holden Trax LT
Holden Trax version #1 from a few years back was a tad underwhelming especially the 1.8. Looked a bit bogus too with a tough guy face on a tiddler size SUV front wheel drive. Bogus, bogus, bogus.
Not any more, it’s still a front wheel drive and won’t go anywhere you wouldn’t take your small hatchback but as of Feb this year the looks are better, the powertrain is better, it has more kit, more chrome body hardware and there’s a really tempting mid-spec model added to the range called the LT – subject of my drive this week.
Holden rationalised the engine to mostly a 1.4-litre turbo petrol only with a six speed auto and if you must, there’s that underwhelming 1.8 base model in manual.
The LT gets some cool kit like rear park assist a reverse camera, Holden’s upgraded MyLink infotainment system on a larger screen, 18-inch alloys a sunroof cruise and heated exterior mirrors.
But there’s precious little in the way of advanced driver assist technology a smattering of which is in the top of the range LTZ.
Out of GM’s Korea plant (formerly Daewoo), Trax is a good size city SUV that can double up as a decent long distance car on the highway. It seats five and has a reasonable amount of luggage space.
The 1.4-litre turbo engine struggles a bit off the line because Trax weighs in at 1380kg and the engine only cranks out 103kW/200Nm.
Once it’s off and running, everything is fine and dandy thanks to the slick shifting six speed auto.
It gets a five star ANCAP crash rating and can allegedly use 7.6-litres/100km. We saw 8.2 without trying.
Likes drinking 95 octane fuel though…
Shop Trax against anything in the segment because it stands up pretty well.
➔ Attractive new looks inside and out
➔ Cool chrome work on the outside
➔ Functional dash
➔ Driver’s centre armrest
➔ Sunroof to touch up your tan
➔ Decent audio attached to upgraded infotainment
➔ Slick six speed auto
➔ Comfy and controlled ride
➔ Push button start
➔ Rear disc brakes replace antiquated drums
➔ 18-inch alloys
NOT SO MUCH
➔ Space saver spare
➔ Prefers more expensive 95 octane fuel
➔ Service intervals shorter than most competitors
➔ No advanced driver assist technology
ENGINE:1.4-litre direct injection turbo petrol four cylinder 103kW/200Nm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed conventional auto
THIRST: 8.2-litres/100km (tested)
WEIGHT: Approximately 1380kg
0-100KMH: Irrelevant, slowish
ALTERNATIVES: (nearest on price)
Mazda CX3 Touring 2WD $26,990, Toyota CHR 2WD $26,990, Suzuki Vitara 2WD 1.4S Turbo $29,990, Subaru XV AWD 2.0i $27,990, Nissan Qashqai 2.0ST $25,990, Honda HRV 1.8 VTi-S $27,990