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Holden Captiva – Still captivating?

Holden Captiva review by Autocar


It can be easy to write off the Holden Captiva on age alone. It has been around for, well, ever.

But as models age the costs are eventually amortized and makers can add the frills, some of which didn’t even exist when the Captiva was birthed. We’ve lost count of the makeovers Holden’s compact SUV has received, while the latest update adds some techy bits and tacks on some glitz.

On the top LTZ model, as seen here, these amount to added safety gear and updated connectivity features, which are what the general mass market buyers and fleets seem to be after.

This sees the LTZ adopt blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, though autonomous braking and active cruise still don’t make the list. The cabin adopts a more modern looking centre stack design, complete with a seven-inch touchscreen. This seems fairly basic until you plug your smartphone in to take advantage of CarPlay or Android Auto features, and the more we use these the more we like them.

There is a useful reversing camera and a smart key too but, oddly, the touch pads on the handles only seem to unlock the car; locking still requires the use of the key fob remote.

After a decade, Holden Captiva still has a big audience

Holden Captiva review by Stuff


A decade is an eternity in the automotive business. But bear with me, because I’d like to rewind to 2006 for a moment.

That was a big year for Holden Australia, which launched two groundbreaking new models. The first was its “billion-dollar baby”, the all-Australian Commodore VE. The second was the Captiva, a family SUV sourced from General Motors’ Korean operation.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But it’s interesting that in the 10 years since, Commodore has undergone a massive upgrade in the form of the VF model (2013), while Captiva has soldiered on with the obligatory-for-Holden Series II tweak (2011) and now a minor facelift for 2016.

Now, I’m not saying that money was wasted on Commodore, despite the Aussie-built model’s impending demise. It remains a best-seller, after all: year-to-date it’s number six overall in NZ and there’s a lot invested in the name, which will continue on an imported sedan when the current car finishes in 2017.

And I do understand that Captiva is a global model (it’s a Chevrolet and Opel in other markets), so it’s subject to research and development decisions far beyond the requirements of Australasia.

2016 Holden Captiva LTZ diesel – Car Review


February 2016 saw a face-lifted Captiva launched, with mild body and interior changes.

The Captiva comes across as one of those quiet achievers – it doesn’t make lots of noise in the market like the CX5, Santa Fe et al, but you see a lot of them on the road.

That’s not saying it’s a runaway sales success. We’ve mentioned it many times – this market segment is packed with choices. Sure, SUVs are now outselling cars, but manufacturers can’t get complacent and just hope that by having their brand name attached will equate to great sales.

Holden New Zealand sent us an AWD LTZ diesel to review. The range starts with the 2WD $38,490 5-seater LS model with a 2.4-litre petrol engine (with 7-seats and diesel optional), to the LT with either a 2WD 3.0 V6 petrol engine or the AWD 2.2 common rail diesel turbo ($51,990), then to the top-of-the-range LTZ with the same 2WD petrol ($54,990) or AWD diesel configuration ($56,990).

All models have your usual safety features of ESC, EBD and TCS as well as 6 airbags, 5-star ANCAP rating, electric park brake, rear parking assist, LED DRLs, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, reversing camera, heated mirrors, self-levelling suspension, Holden’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7” colour touchscreen, auto-dipping rear-view mirror, leather steering wheel, auto headlights and cruise control.

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