Holden Captiva Reviews

These days very few SUV buyers are looking 4WD capability in off-road conditions. Rather, they want an on-road station wagon with a high level of equipment and the premium features usually only found in upmarket models. Well aware of this, Holden has introduced a new model to its Captiva 5 range, the LTZ. PRICE AND EQUIPMENT Holden Captiva 5 LTZ has a recommended price of just $32,990 for the two-wheel drive 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol variant,...Read more
Holden Captiva is a medium-large SUV that has a lot of Australian input in its design and engineering teams. It is available in two slightly different body styles, with the MaXX having a sporty look and five seats, while the other body type can be purchased as a five- or seven-seater. The third row seats are larger than those in many of Captiva’s seven-seat competitors and, while still better suited to children than adults, can...Read more
There’s been plenty of expectation surrounding the Holden Captiva 7. From the outside it looks great. However, while out on the road it’s a frustratingly different story. VALUE The flagship of the Captiva range with a price tag of $42,490 has been our test vehicle for the past week. On the whole we like it, but there are some features that really should be better. For a start, we have sat on park benches that...Read more
It's a question we get asked a lot and it's a question we thought it was about time that we answered. To find out we've fed our Holden Captiva 7 test car five different kinds of petrol over the past few weeks to see which was better. The results might surprise you. An attractively priced family wagon, the seven-seat Captiva was perfect for the job. As well as E10 and standard Unleaded, we also decided...Read more
If you're in the market for a four-wheel drive wagon the Captiva is a good starting point. It's well priced, well specified and makes a pretty good fist of it. Sure, it's made in Korea but that doesn't seem to worry most people. ENGINE The 3.0-litre petrol V6 in our test vehicle produces 190kW of power and 288Nm of torque. It's the same engine as the smaller of the sixes in the Commodore range, even...Read more
A few years back, when car companies started asking compact SUV customers if all wheel drive was an important factor in their purchase, many responded "Oh, really . is my car one of those?" Fact is, most people don't care how many wheels do the driving, as long as the car actually moves when the relevant pedal is pressed. So it's no surprise that many compact AWD wagons are now also available as front wheel...Read more
We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering -- would you buy one? What is it? Holden's no frills, entry level off road wagon, with a four cylinder petrol engine, manual transmission, two-wheel drive and seating for five occupants as the name suggests. How much? $27,990 driveaway. That buys you plenty...Read more
There's a lot to be said for the Holden engineering teams' efforts with Korean-sourced product. They've not reached the dizzying heights of silk purses from sow's ears just yet, but the Cruze tweaks were worthy. It's shame they can't do more with the Captiva. Sure, the pricepoint and features list is competitive but the new model seems to have lost its way in the dynamics stakes, with the drivetrain not compensating for it in any...Read more
Can I be totally frank here and say I wasn't a fan of the first model Holden Captiva - in any variant. Cheap, nasty and underdone. But our test drive of the Captiva 7 seven seat model was a revelation - quite stunning actually as the CX version tested stacks up strongly against anything in the class and, comparing apples with apples, costs less into the bargain. I am guessing here but wouldn't be surprised...Read more
There's a lot to be said for the Holden engineering teams' efforts with Korean-sourced product. They've not reached the dizzying heights of silk purses from sow's ears just yet, but the Cruze tweaks were worthy. It's shame they can't do more with the Captiva. Sure, the pricepoint and features list is competitive but the new model seems to have lost its way in the dynamics stakes, with the drivetrain not compensating for it in any...Read more
Holden is hoping a new look and a brace of new engines will boost the fortunes of its Captiva four-wheel drive. Available in two sizes and two or four-wheel drive, with five and seven seats, the Korean built Captiva competes in both the compact and medium sized SUV market segments. Leading the charge for the Series II update is an impressive 2.2-litre turbo diesel, available with both size vehicles, that is partnered with a six-speed...Read more
If the question was posed as to what was Holden 's third-best selling model in Australia was, would this car be the answer? It should be. If you combine Captiva 5 and 7 sales, the wagon range is third behind Commodore and Cruze. Given the market's appetite for SUVs it's not hard to see why, but a recent stint in the top-spec LX petrol model raised doubts about its comfort day-to-day. The mid-spec turbodiesel CX...Read more
Holden has performed magic on its Captiva SUV with new engines, transmissions, features, a new look and extra kit all thrown into the mix. It makes a powerful argument especially considering the value pricing. We got hold of the "European" look, Captiva 5 front wheel drive petrol 2.4 — bottom of the range and came away quite impressed, especially given the $29,990 pricing for the six-speed auto. The six-speed manual is two grand less. VALUE...Read more
There's a lot to be said for the Holden engineering teams' efforts with models sourced from Korea, especially the Cruze sedan. It's a shame they can't do more with the Captiva SUV. The pricepoint and features list is competitive, but the new model seems to have lost its way dynamically. VALUE We're in the LX seven-seater all-wheel drive flagship. At $42,490, it's $2000 cheaper than the pevious model. Another $1000 gets you into the turbodiesel...Read more
A $2000 price cut is the new incentive for its seven-seater Captiva, which is updated today as part of a range overhaul with a range of improvements including full curtain airbags. The Captiva lineup still starts with the five-seater model from $27,990, but there is a new emphasis on the family fighter as Holden finally gets serious about its SUVs. It admits it has only one car and is being forced to straddle classes with...Read more
More and more manufacturers are realising they can attract extra sales by creating two-wheel-drive versions of their 'soft roaders'. 2WD buyers are looking for the practicality of the wagon - a commanding driving position, perhaps a little higher ride height for a short drive down a dry dirt track, the 'look' of an SUV, strong suspension, and in some cases seven seats - without getting a people-mover. If they don’t need to go offroad, in...Read more
The problem for the Red Lion is in stealing sales from the `Tezza’ without cannibalising their own Commodore family sedan. Drivetrain The Captiva SX runs on a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine with common rail injection. It produces 110kW at 4000 rpm and 320Nm at 2000 rpm. To get power to the wheels, the engine can be mated to either a five speed automatic transmission with Active Select or a five speed manual. From...Read more
The idea of a people mover sounds about as appealing as recycled water. But the prospect of captaining a large offroad juggernaut is daunting to say the least. That makes you a candidate for what's known as a sports utility vehicle (SUV) , a cross or crossover between a car and an off-roader. SUVs offer the functionality of people movers, with the added versatility off a four-wheel drive the best of both worlds. Like most...Read more
Once it gathers momentum the Captiva is smooth and tractable With pricing this competitive it appears there is little choice; it's diesel or nothing. That's how Holden have shaped its charges on the petrol versus diesel equation for the Captiva wagon. The diesel joined the Captiva crowd only recently after the launch of petrol models in October last year. There is a rather mild $1000 price premium to pay if you want diesel over petrol...Read more

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