Holden's new Colorado ended up being a fair way off the pace in design and function, mainly due to some sub-par scores for its environmental performance and space compared with the other two finalists. But it was every bit the match when it came to value for money and what is was like on the road. It had the best-performing engine of the trio, as the four-cylinder 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel powerplant, with a prodigious 500Nm on tap from very low revs, even caused the well-calibrated automatic transmission to pull into a taller gear while heading up the steepest part of the 4WD test track at Anglesea. Very impressive. Even though it is several thousand dollars cheaper that the other finalists, Colorado still has a similar level of features to the dearer Ranger. Its infotainment system is the Holden version of software called MyLink, which allows you to access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as digital radio, embedded satellite navigation and voice recognition. The five-star ANCAP rating for Colorado was complemented with a new forward-facing camera to provide active safety