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Holden Captiva

The Holden Captiva launched in 2006, plugging a gap for a mid-sized SUV in Holden’s range, long left open by the Frontera’s departure.

The Korean-sourced Captiva matched the move towards family SUVs much better than the Isuzu-based Frontera – or Commodore-based Adventra – with a much more city-friendly focus, as opposed to a more off-road-ready setup. The POA-$35,420 Captiva range offers both five and seven-seat options, two and four-wheel drive configurations, and the choice of petrol and diesel engines in its wide line-up, starting at the base Captiva 5 LS (fwd) and finishing at the Captiva 7 LTZ (awd) (5YR).

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.

  • What major problems has the Holden Captiva had?

    The Holden Captiva’s problems started with the fact that it was a Daewoo with a Holden badge. Reliability was poor and build quality just as bad and, as a result, the car soon developed a reputation for being more trouble than it was worth. That view among many owners didn’t change as the car aged, either.

    Common problems were timing chain failures in V6 versions, oil leaks and engine troubles in both diesel and petrol form, camshaft problems, diesel particulate Filter (DPF) failures and a range of random electrical and electronic dramas. Transmission failures are also not unknown but this was hardly the Captiva’s worst flaw. Fundamentally, the Captiva was a very ordinary car and not one that most buyers would be prepared to take on now that the true extent of its problems have been dissected by the trade.

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  • Where can I purchase a new remote central locking system for my 2009 Holden Captiva?

    Because the central locking system in your Captiva has been designed specifically for that car, it’s unlikely there would be a workable aftermarket solution. Which means you either need to hope that Holden still sells these parts or that you can find a system pulled from a wrecked Captiva.

    We have seen 'universal' central locking kits advertised, but they all require a fair bit of fiddling and modifying to get them to fit and work properly. In any case, it’s possible that only one part of the system in your car is giving trouble, as opposed to the whole locking system. In turn, that means that you might be able to get away with just replacing that faulty part. The remote-control key-fob unit, for instance, can be replaced relatively cheaply.

    Bear in mind the Holden Captiva has a terrible track record in terms of its electrical fittings and fixtures, including the body computer which controls many functions including the central locking. If the body computer is the problem, you might find that the cost of repairs will outweigh the car’s actual market value.

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  • Why do all the warning lights on my 2007 Holden Captiva turn on?

    The Holden Captiva has a terrible reputation in this department, and plenty of owners have had ongoing problems with the electronics in these vehicles which weren’t actually Holdens at all, but rather rebadged Daewoos. It’s a bit of a surprise to learn that a scan of the vehicle doesn’t show up any fault codes, but that also makes us think that perhaps you have a major failure of the vehicle’s body computer which controls all the functions you’re now being warned about on the dashboard. And if the body computer itself is in the process of failing, then it may not respond to the scanning process in a logical manner.

    That said, the problem could be caused by something as simple as a poor earth in the car’s electrical circuitry, but experience with the Captiva suggests it will be something more complex and probably more expensive. Don’t rule out a failed electrical connection somewhere in the car’s wiring loom. The catch with the Captiva is that the cost of repairs is often greater than the retained value of the car itself, at which point you’re at an ownership cross-roads. The reality is that your car is probably only worth about $8000 (perhaps less) and a lot less as a trade-in. Spending thousands of dollars to fix it doesn’t add up to too many people.

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  • Should I replace the engine in my 2013 Holden Captiva?

    Depending on what sounds the engine is making will determine whether the engine is a throwaway or can be fixed. But if the consensus is that the engine in your car is beyond redemption, then I reckon a second-hand engine from a wrecked Captiva would be the best bet. I don’t think the car itself would be worth enough money to justify a rebuilt engine which could run to $10,000 or more.

    Nobody wants to tell you this, but fundamentally, the Captiva was a pretty ordinary car. Lots of owners had lots of transmission problems (which you already know about) and plenty of diesel engines destroyed their turbochargers and – in some cases – the rest of the engine in the process. The petrol V6 was no beacon of excellence either, with a terrifying propensity to consume timing chains.

    Who at Holden has rejected your claim for help in repairing the car? If it was the dealer, I’d simply go around that business and talk directly to Holden’s customer service department. The fact that the car has a full Holden service history might sway opinion at head office, but I wouldn’t be going to the bank on it given the age of the vehicle.

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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
See All Holden Captiva Pricing and Specs

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
See All Towing Capacity for Holden Captiva

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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Holden Captiva Pricing and Specs for 2019

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.