CAP­TI­VAT­ING

Newrange of­fersmore­power, uses less fuel

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

Holden led a drive to im­prove the qual­ity of the South Korean-made Cap­tiva

Most of the Cap­tiva’s new tech­nol­ogy can be found un­der the bon­net, writes James Stan­ford

HOLDEN has sharp­ened its price pen­cil by $2000 on the seven-seat Cap­tiva 7, which now starts at $ 32,490 for the 2.4-litre four­cylin­der petrol model. The price of the five-seat Cap­tiva 5 re­mains at $27,990 for the 2.4-litre.

The Cap­tiva 7 range starts off with the SX front-drive model at $32,990 for the 2.4 and $35,990 for the 2.2-litre diesel.

Next up is the CX all-wheel drive seven-seater at $38,490 for the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and $39,490 for the 2.2-litre diesel.

Round­ing off the seven-seater range is the all­wheel drive LX at $42,490 for the V6 and $43,490 for the diesel.

All Cap­tiva 7s have an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion as stan­dard.

The Cap­tiva 5 front-drive fit­ted with the 2.4-litre petrol is $27,990, while an au­to­matic op­tion costs an­other $2000. An all-wheel drive Cap­tiva 5 with the 2.2-litre diesel is $33,990

All mod­els comes stan­dard with a full suite of safety gear, in­clud­ing elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, anti-skid brakes and six airbags in­clud­ing side cur­tain airbags.

Stan­dard gear across all Cap­tiva mod­els in­cludes 17 inch al­loy wheels, air­con­di­tion­ing, cruise con­trol, and a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel, with the level of equip­ment ris­ing as you move up the model tree.

Tech­nol­ogy

THE big­gest tech­nol­ogy story with the new Cap­tiva can be found un­der the bon­net.

There are three sub­stan­tially re­vised en­gines that of­fer more power and use less fuel.

The en­try level en­gine is a 2.4-four-cylin­der petrol run­ning di­rect in­jec­tion and vari­able valve tim­ing that is made in New York State. This pro­duces a 123kW and 230Nm and uses an av­er­age of 9.1 litres per 100km.

Next up is a 3.0-litre V6 with di­rect in­jec­tion and vari­able valve tim­ing that is pro­duced in Mel­bourne and serves in some Com­modore mod­els. It re­places the old 3.2-litre unit and has a healthy 190kW but just 288Nm of torque. Fuel econ­omy comes in at 11.3 L/100km.

The Cap­tiva runs a sub­stan­tially im­proved VM Mo­tori-li­censed 2.2-litre four-cylin­der diesel that is made in South Korea. This is a com­mon rail di­rect in­jec­tion unit fit­ted with a vari­able ge­om­e­try tur­bocharger for im­proved drive­abil­ity. It uses a re­spectable 8.1L/100km of fuel.

Only the base petrol en­gine, in the Cap­tiva 5, is avail­able with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

All other en­gines are bolted to newGMde­vel­oped six-speed au­to­matic.

De­sign

MOST of the work for Cap­tiva II has gone on un­der the bon­net or in­side the cabin.

There are some new bumpers and head­lights, but the new de­sign is not rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent. Holden steered clear of in­tro­duc­ing the brash Chevro­let front end used over­seas, opt­ing for a more sub­tle de­sign.

The Cap­tiva 7 and Cap­tiva 5 have dif­fer­ent bod­ies and the 7 has rec­tan­gu­lar head­lights and flat­ter nose than the 5 which fea­tures more rounded lights.

There have been some changes to the in­te­rior, with new sur­faces and the dele­tion of the reg­u­lar hand­brake which is re­placed by an elec­tronic hand­brake switch.

Driv­ing

HOLDEN led a drive to im­prove the qual­ity of the South Korean-made Cap­tiva, which ar­rived in 2006.

This model is bet­ter, sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter. Some of the plas­tics feel a bit cheap and things like the

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