The small SUV sector has been growing increasingly popular with motorists who want the handling and efficiency of a small car and the style and space of an SUV. Holden is entering the market with the release of its new Trax SUV. It’s worth taking a closer look at the 2014 Trax to see how it measures up to its numerous competitors.
Holden Trax 2014: Exterior Style
When up against unique designs like the Nissan Juke, new compact SUVs must also make a statement. The Trax is somewhat stylish, although it seems conservative in comparison to the Juke. It features the same grille as other cars in the Holden family, with a prominent design that gives it a strong and stately appearance.
Its boxy shape is broken up by features like the bonnet and mudguards for some extra visual appeal. The roofline has a swooping effect that makes the Trax look somewhat futuristic and pleasing to the eye. Seats are placed higher than in some other compact SUVs, which can be useful for families and those who enjoy a high vantage point on the road.
Interior and Infotainment System
The interior is fairly basic, dominated by the centre console of the dashboard. With high seat positions and a comfortable, roomy backseat, there is plenty of space. Like other new Holden cars at Carsales, the Trax is outfitted with the MyLink media system. This will surely be one of the Trax’s main selling points, including embedded apps to provide a full library of music, internet radio stations, and satellite navigation. These apps are built into the system and are able to connect to the driver’s Android or iPhone mobile devices.
The centre armrest folds down to provide two drink holders, and there is adequate legroom in the front seat. On the premium LTZ model of the Trax, cars come equipped with rear sensors, daytime running lights, a reversing camera, and leather seating.
Holden Trax 2014: Safety Devices
The Trax has earned an ANCAP five-star safety rating, thanks to its IsoFix child seat anchors, six airbags, rear view camera, stability control, and electronic traction control. Features like these will make this a popular option for families, as will the high seating which makes it easier to fit children in and out of car seats.
Holden Trax 2014: Engine and Driving
One area where the Trax excels is in its ability to handle rugged or unsteady roads. It provides a smooth, comfortable ride even over corrugated or pot-holed roads, due to extensive testing. This puts it miles ahead of competitors which are not suited to bad roads. The 1.8-litre engine comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, which is perfectly adequate but it may not be a car for adrenaline junkies. Overall it provides a fuel-efficient, safe, and practical ride with a high level of comfort.
With forward-thinking technology in its MyLink infotainment system and a high safety rating, the new 2014 Trax should be popular with families and young professionals. Although it’s a compact SUV, it won’t be the best car for off-roading. However, it does provide a smooth and comfortable ride in poor road conditions, which helps give it added versatility.
The premium LTZ model offers the most for your money, and may be the most popular model as a result.