Cap­tiva free­dom

Holden’s Korean SUV is an at­trac­tive buy, writes GRAHAMSMITH

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THE boom in sales of SUVs from the start of the cen­tury meant it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Holden got in on the act.

The Korean-sourced Cap­tiva was launched in 2006 in the midst of Holden’s shift to Asia for most of its im­ported mod­els.

If Holden diehards were keen for the brand to have an SUV they could love, oth­ers re­mained scep­ti­cal about the idea of Holden-badged South Korean cars.

Three years later, those fears have evap­o­rated. And with a diesel en­gine now part of the of­fer­ing, the Cap­tiva of­fers some­thing oth­ers can’t.

Four mod­els were sold, in­clud­ing the five-seat SX, the seven-seat CX and LX, and the five-seat MaXX. airbags stan­dard across the range, and cur­tain airbags op­tional on the SX and stan­dard on all other mod­els.

The Cap­tiva also boasts a com­pre­hen­sive ar­ray of driv­ing aids, in­clud­ing elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol and elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion.

Early days: the old­est Holden Cap­ti­vas, such as this 2006 LX, have done only 75,000km or so.

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