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
, , Now there is a revised – and very much improved – version,
with a seriously impressive diesel transplant, a sleeker nose and even more
That’s the good news…
Model release dates: March 2011 - February 2016
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.