Holden Trax LTZ 2013 Review

Holden Trax LTZ 2013 Review

Recently we had the base model Trax LS and we’ve now sampled the premium model LTZ. It’s $2500 more, and it’s mostly in the bling. In fact, it rides so similarly, you can head over to the LS review (opens in a new window) and read about the overall feel of the Trax.

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In brief, you’re buying a 1.8-litre compact SUV with a 103kW, 175Nm petrol engine and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Visibility is good, brake pedal feel is horrible, fuel economy is average (7.6l/100km), and the entertainment options are punching above their weight.
holden-trax-ltz-2013-interiorWhat you get for your two-and-a-half grand extra is a bunch of interior and exterior visual styling. The alloys are now 18-inch and wrapped in 215/55R18 tyres rather than 205/70R16. Curiously, this didn’t seem to change how the Trax handled, not that I made a habit of pushing it through the corners as it is a narrow, tall SUV. Also, as I didn’t’ drive them back-to-back, the difference might be more apparent than I remember. It still has a slightly fidgety feeling on really bumpy roads, perhaps due to the short wheelbase.

All the safety systems are the same – Electronic Stability Control (ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Traction Control), Hill Start Assist, Descent Control System, and six airbags.

The body kit is more purposeful. At the front you get fog lamps and chrome headlights. On the side you get chrome inserts in the door handles. But it’s the alloy wheels that make the big difference, bringing the car more into proportion.

holden-trax-ltz-2013-instrumentsOn the inside you get a much improved trip computer with average fuel consumption, average speed, distance to empty, compass and trip time.  Leather seats, heated in the front, are classier, but no more or less comfortable than the cloth trim of the LS.

The 7-inch screen and MyLink system is the same as in the LS. It had problems connecting to my iPhone, but once I had it working, then it was excellent.

Read the LS review here – it’s the same car but without as much visual presence.  If image is important  for you, and the Trax fulfils your other requirements, then the extra $2500 is well apportioned. The visual changes give the Trax extra aggression and suit it, particularly the 18-inch alloys; heated leather front seats and the convenient storage tray underneath the front passenger seat are nice, too (even though there are plenty of other storage options, and the cloth seats in the LS are fine.

You might also consider a Nissan Juke, Skoda Yeti, Hyundai ix35, Mitsubishi ASX, Ford Kuga or Suzuki SX4.

Price: $35,990

Pros

  • Practical dimensions
  • Solid ride
  • Better styling than the LS, which already had quite aggressive styling

Cons

  • MyLink connection was erratic with my iPhone 5
  • Brake pedal feels like pushing a piece of wood against heavily compacted snow
  • Engine a little coarse under acceleration

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