Drove the Trax - was surprised.

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    Drove the Trax - was surprised.

    So I finally found a Trax and got to have a steer today. Only a quick test drive but got an ok feel of it. Just a few of my thoughts

    Pros
    • LTX is a good looking car - the base model is very poverty pack in appearance
    • GM finally has put some thought into the interior. Lots of rubber lined nooks and crannies. The rear seats are actual fold flats too.
    • The dash looks good; a much better colour palette than the Barina. Black and Chrome ftw.
    • Reasonable space too.
    • Engine is acceptable.
    • Driving position has lots of flexibility.
    • Parking sensors and rear camera
    • Mostly good visibility but the A pillars are thick and rear vision limited by small window though this is largely fixed by the camera




    Cons
    • Seats have good sponging but I was sitting on them not in them, they lacked lumbar support too.
    • "leather" doesn't feel that great
    • Dash plastics while visually better are still hard all over
    • Steering was too light at speed and lacked feeling.
    • Access to the USB port limited to the dash nook and there wasn't a notch to let a cable out
    • The tacho cluster doesn't sit well in its surroundings. Very circular block in rectangular hole. Legible though.
    • It'll never be classed as sporty engine only adequate.
    • Auto lever's button type manual mode.
    • Not enough specification difference between the LTZ and base model past exterior touches. Needs climate control and push button start at least.



    All up though I was impressed at the details included in the Trax. It felt solid and well put together and other than one of the car's upper glove box not sitting flush I couldn't fault the build quality. I still don't think it's specced high enough for the cost at LTZ level and the 1.4T would be appreciated. If they had those extra niceties of climate control and a proximity key I'd seriously consider the LTZ.

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    Re: Drove the Trax - was surprised.

    Quote Originally Posted by from oz View Post
    the 1.4T would be appreciated. If they had those extra niceties of climate control and a proximity key I'd seriously consider the LTZ.
    You mean 1.6T right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fakeout View Post
    You mean 1.6T right?

    No he means the 1.4T
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    Re: Drove the Trax - was surprised.

    I had a quick look in the back of one and there didn't seem enough room for an Esky let alone a pram or golf clubs.

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    Re: Drove the Trax - was surprised.

    Quote Originally Posted by chinamonty View Post
    I had a quick look in the back of one and there didn't seem enough room for an Esky let alone a pram or golf clubs.
    You're not wrong, the boot space is shallow and certainly not massive but it would be usable. As I said you do have the benefit of proper fold flat rear seats and also with the ability to tilt the seat cushions up independently of the seat backs you could use that floor space too. They do have the split 60:40 so not the right way for RHD however.

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    I also test drove the new Renault Clio today and it has a massive boot for the size of the car. 300L. Benefits of putting the spare under the car.
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    Re: Drove the Trax - was surprised.

    It does have the advantage of being totally usable. there is nothing protruding in to the boot space. How wide is it - thinking golf clubs.

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    I think you might struggle to fit golf clubs in without dropping one of the seats but to be honest I can't picture it well enough to tell you for sure.

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    Boot seats up around Tiguan size?
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    Re: Drove the Trax - was surprised.

    I think roughly 50L smaller. Definitely not a family hauler but for a single person or a couple it would be fine. I think Holden have done themselves a disservice comparing this to the ASX and ix35 as they are slightly bigger cars built on platforms from the class above. It was probably a method to justify the price which I think is 2 grand too much each. The incoming Ford and Renault might force Holden's hand if they are priced more competitively.

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