Age brings more beauty

The up­graded Captiva range now comes at a more at­trac­tive price, CHRIS RI­LEY writes

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

MAYBE it’s just me, but Holden’s Captiva range is start­ing to look bet­ter with age.

While the price of tra­di­tional foe the Hyundai Santa Fe has crept up a notch, Holden has man­aged to keep a tight rein on Captiva prices. They were cut by up to $2500 re­cently.

VALUE

The five-seat Captiva is priced from $25,990 or the seven-seat model from $29,990.

Our test car, the top-of-therange, seven-seat all-wheeldrive LTZ diesel comes in at $40,990 – $2500 less than it used to be.

Along with a price cut Holden has also re­named the grades, with LS, LT and LTZ re­plac­ing SX, CX and LX.

The LTZ comes with all the fruit in­clud­ing leather and cli­mate air, heated front seats, eight-way power ad­just driver’s seat, key­less en­try and start, cruise con­trol, elec­tric park­ing brake, auto lights and in­te­rior mir­ror (but not wipers), sev­eninch touch­screen with Blue­tooth, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and eight-speaker au­dio with USB and AUX in­puts.

DE­SIGN

Styling changes in­clude a re­designed front fas­cia and grille, while the rear styling has also been up­dated with a new fas­cia that fea­tures re­designed chrome ex­haust tips and a new LED tail-light de­sign.

Driver con­ve­nience is en­hanced on all Captiva 7 mod­els with the in­tro­duc­tion of sen­sor key tech­nol­ogy with pas­sive en­try and start as a stan­dard fea­ture.

TECH­NOL­OGY

The 2.2-litre turbo diesel pro­duces 135kW of power and 400Nm of torque, the lat­ter from 2000 revs.

The diesel is paired with a six-speed au­to­matic that pro­vides the op­tion to change gears man­u­ally if de­sired.

Good to see the en­gine fea­tures a tim­ing chain rather than a fi­bre belt, which con­trib­utes to lower main­te­nance costs. Rated at 8.3 litres/100km we were get­ting 8.5 litres/100km af­ter more than 500km.

The all wheel drive sys­tem func­tions in front wheel drive mode most of the time.

The LTZ rolls on 19 inch al­loys with 235/50 se­ries rub­ber.

SAFETY

Gets a full five stars for safety from the Aus­tralian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram .

Six airbags are stan­dard along with elec­tronic trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol, anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem, elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion, hy­draulic brake as­sist, ac­tive rollover pro­tec­tion and de­scent con­trol sys­tem.

Front and rear park sen­sors are also stan­dard along with a re­verse cam­era.

DRIV­ING

Driv­ing this car back to back with the new Com­modore, it is easy to see the in­con­sis­ten­cies in their de­sign and equip­ment – one is built in Aus­tralia, the other in South Korea.

It fea­tures a seven-inch screen, but the entertainment sys­tem is not the MyLink sys­tem found in Com­modore and most other mod­els.

You still get nav­i­ga­tion with a dig­i­tal speedome­ter and speed warn­ings, but your cur­rent speed is dis­played in the right hand cor­ner of the com­puter screen rather than in the mid­dle of the dash.

Cruise con­trol lacks ac­cu­racy and the sat­nav sys­tem reck­ons you’re go­ing faster than the speedo is telling you, which is a bit of a worry with so many cam­eras.

VER­DICT

Comes with seven seats and does ev­ery­thing you need for an at­trac­tive price. The build qual­ity is still a bit off the pace but if you are not plan­ning to keep it for­ever it should not be an is­sue.

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