Pint size SUVs may be the runt of the litterbut, just because they are affordable, it doesn’t mean that they should miss out onfeatures.
Recognising that buyers are looking for morefor their money, Holden’s updated its Trax range.
This LTZ model comes packed with more driverassistance aids and technology.
Updated for 2017 the whole Holden Trax rangenow boasts Apple Car Play and Android Auto Integration, Projection Headlamps with daytimerunning lamps and fresh new styling, both inside and out.
This up spec LTZ model also adds blind spotmonitoring and rear cross traffic alert; features which are not always found at this end ofthe market.
The Trax LTZ is powered by a 1.
4 litre, fourcylinder turbo petrol engine which is now also available, for the first time, on theentry level LS.
In all models it is paired with a six speedautomatic transmission with manual select.
4 litre turbo engine is zesty enoughand it is certainly adequate for around town driving.
But on inclines it has to work quite hardand is a bit noisy under load.
The manual select does allow for better controlof gearing but I am not a fan of the shift amounted system.
Paddle shifters are so much easier to use.
The Trax range has also been updated witha number of styling changes.
There is a new exterior treatment on the frontand rear and new interior console and trim.
The LTZ also adds new LED taillights and indicatorson the wing mirrors and an updated driver information display.
It combines to give the car a more of premiumlook.
Unfortunately the premium feel doesn’t carryon throughout the cabin.
Some of the plastics are pretty hard and theleather appointed seats, while they are heated in the front, are not as plush as some ofthe competitors.
This is something that the best-selling MazdaCX-3 does really well.
All is not lost, however, as the cabin layoutin the Trax is very straightforward.
The position of the controls are where youexpect them to be and functions like cruise control are easy to use.
The seven inch touch-screen display is plainbut functional too.
It is not trying too hard and it is thereforea breeze to get used to.
And that is important for newer and olderdrivers who are likely to be the main buyers of the Trax – the less complication the better.
Disappointingly there is no proprietary navigation,only the tools that come with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and I reckon, for the price,buyers deserve a better navigation system.
While it is disappointing that there is noavailable autonomous emergency braking, those other driver assistance aids are an importantinclusion and the technology and design updates will ensure that Trax remains fresh and relevantamong the competition.