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The Holden Captiva launched in 2006 to take on the Australian-engineered and built Ford Territory. 

Sourced from South Korea, two body styles were offered – a five-seater medium-sized version (sometimes known as the Captiva 5) and the more-popular five- or seven-seat larger SUV wagon, that lasted until 2017.

Most earlier models were V6 petrol powered with all-wheel drive, but a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with a front-drive option piped in from 2007, joined later by a 2.4-litre petrol alternative. The 2011 facelift brought extra refinement, but the Captiva's poor reliability record and inconsistent quality mean it has a sour reputation nowadays.

The base model started from POA, rising to $35,420 for the most expensive version.

This vehicle is also known as Chevrolet Captiva, Opel Antara.

Holden Captiva Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Captiva here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • I'd like a similar sized car to my Holden Captiva. I'm prioritising reliability and low cost of parts/servicing. Any suggestions?

    Mid or medium-sized SUV buyers are absolutely spoiled for choice right now. Pretty much eery car-maker form the budget brands to the high-end marques has a range of SUVs in a size to suit anybody.

    Many have very frugal turbo-diesel engines but, for many owners out there, the petrol variant is the one that makes most sense. And even if you’re not worried about fuel consumption, the planet will be pleased to know that most modern SUVs are actually very frugal at the pump compared with their counterparts of just a few years ago, your Captiva included.

    If your priorities are reliability and running costs, then maybe a visit to a Hyundai or Kia dealership might be in order. Both brands have plenty of SUVs to choose from, including diesel, petrol, hybrid and even electric versions thereof. They both also offer an industry-leading factory warranty, and capped-price servicing is another big selling point.

    I’m not sure what your experience has been with your Captiva, but if you’ve had a similar run with that of many, many owners, just about any new SUV will be more reliable than the Holden.

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  • The malfunction indicator lamp has come on in my 2014 Holden Captiva, I have never seen it before. What does this mean and can I still drive my car?

    A check-engine light in a car like a Captiva can mean all sorts of things. Everything from a stretched timing chain (quite likely in this vehicle) to a dud oxygen sensor in the exhaust system (and about a million things in between) can cause the engine light to flicker on ominously.

    The best advice is to have the car scanned electronically. That way, the scanning computer will 'talk’ to the car’s computer and the car should offer up any faults it has logged in the process of being driven.

    You’re better off not driving the car until it can be scanned and fixed, as the problem causing the engine light to come on could easily get worse and may eventually damage other components. If it is something like a stretched timing chain that is causing the warning light, it could eventually break and reduce the whole engine to scrap.

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  • I was wondering what would be the best additive to use for my DPF filter?

    DPF additives are real thing right now as consumers run scared over the thought of their car’s DPF needing replacement. These additives use a catalyst that claims to help clean out the DPF and regenerate it, usually by lowering the temperature at which the soot will be burned off in the filter.

    Perhaps some do, but just as surely some of these will be snake oil. Choose a known brand and be prepared for the experiment to be a complete dud. Expect to pay about $30 for a bottle of additive, too, so it’s not a cheap experiment.

    You can try either the type of additive that is simply poured into the fuel tank when you refuel next, or the type that is sprayed into the air intake system with the engine running. Either way, these are probably best regarded as a preventative measure and the servicing industry seems pretty doubtful about the additives’ ability to clean a DPF that is already blocked.

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  • How do I drain the fuel from my 2012 Holden Captiva?

    A lot of modern cars don’t feature a drain-plug for the fuel tank. That’s a bit annoying to old-school mechanics, but it does make for a stronger, more leak-proof tank in the case of a modern plastic fuel tank as fitted to so many cars these days.

    Most mechanics faced with this will either remove the tank and tip it upside-down to remove the offending contents, but there is a simpler way if you know what you’re doing. That is to disconnect the fuel feed line from the tank to the engine at the engine end, and then simply turn on the ignition and have the electric fuel pump empty the contents into a safe container. This will take several minutes, depending on how full the tank is to start with.


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Holden Captiva Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Captiva varies based on the trim level you choose. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2019 SUV 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $35,420
2018 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $14,200 $32,230
2017 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $10,100 $28,710
2016 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $8,800 $25,080
2015 SUV 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $8,100 $18,260
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Holden Captiva Towing Capacity

The Holden Captiva has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2019 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
2017 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
2016 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
2015 SUV 1500kg 1700kg
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Holden Captiva Fuel Consumption

The Holden Captiva is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.2L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2019 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 8.8L/100km 2.4L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 8.8L/100km 2.4L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 8.8L/100km 2.4L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2016 SUV 8.8L/100km 2.4L ULP 6 SP MAN
2015 SUV 8.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2015 SUV 8.8L/100km 2.4L ULP 6 SP MAN
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Holden Captiva Dimensions

The dimensions of the Holden Captiva SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2019 SUV 1717x1850x4596 mm 200 mm
2018 SUV 1717x1850x4596 mm 200 mm
2017 SUV 1717x1850x4596 mm 200 mm
2016 SUV 1717x1850x4596 mm 200 mm
2015 SUV 1717x1850x4596 mm 200 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Captiva Dimensions

Holden Captiva Wheel Size

The Holden Captiva has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x65 R17 for SUV in 2019 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2019 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
2017 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
2016 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
2015 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Captiva Wheel Sizes

Holden Captiva Interior

The interior of the Holden Captiva was reasonably spacious by class standards, but the seven-seat model had little-to-no usable boot space - see our images for proof. There were elements of the Captiva's cabin that looked like a European Opel model in the five-seat models - they had a nicer dashboard and trim. The newer seven-seat versions looked less impressive inside. No Captiva set any new standards for comfort or leather quality.  

Shown above are interior details for the Holden Captiva 2017.