Not the last word in medium SUV sophistication granted, but nobody can deny the Korean-built Holden is not an inexpensive, spacious and well-specified family runabout.
Now there is a revised – and very much improved – version, with a seriously impressive diesel transplant, a sleeker nose and even more standard features.
That’s the good news…
Model release date: March 2011
HOLDEN hit the ground running with its all-new Captiva – a five or seven-seat mid-size SUV based on GM’s global Theta platform.
Two engines were available – a 169kW/297Nm 3.2-litre V6 and (from early 2007) a 110kW/320Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, both mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Initially all Captivas were all-wheel drive, but from mid-2008 a front-drive option was added to lower-spec vehicles.
Confusingly, a shorter-wheelbase Captiva V6, known as the Maxx, with a completely different body style was brought in from 2006 to early 2009 as the series flagship, but sales tanked so a rather breathless 103kW/220Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engined was fitted (in auto and five-speed manual options) and the model rechristened the ‘Captiva 5’ instead, serving as an entry-level model.
This version too did not make much impact but the larger Captiva went on to outsell the Ford Territory in due course anyway.