the Hay­wood fam­ily

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story -

Flex­i­bil­ity was the key is­sue when Dar­ren and Mandy Hay­wood moved from one Holden to an­other — their Com­modore wagon for a Cap­tiva.

Dar­ren, 43, and Mandy, 39, were look­ing for more seats and a ver­sa­tile cabin to ac­com­mo­date chil­dren Archie, 5, Scar­lett, 2, and 13-week-old Jude.

Says Dar­ren: ‘‘We wanted more seat­ing and lug­gage stor­age flex­i­bil­ity.

‘‘We opted for the seven-seater to get the kids’ friends in.’’

The change in ve­hi­cle type hasn’t had an im­pact on fuel bills ei­ther way but Dar­ren is lean­ing to­wards a diesel SUV next for the bet­ter tour­ing range.

‘‘In terms of fuel econ­omy, it’s pretty sim­i­lar to the V6 Com­modore. The Cap­tiva, when driven se­dately, is OK. The fuel tank isn’t that big (and) the Com­modore had longer range,’’ he says.

The Cap­tiva’s higher seat­ing po­si­tion was a strong sell­ing point for the Hay­woods. Adds Dar­ren: ‘‘Sitting up higher gives a bit bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity. You feel a bit more se­cure in some ways.

‘‘Ours has a re­vers­ing cam­era as well which I think with the sen­sors makes it eas­ier to park. You are higher and it’s not a sports car, it doesn’t cor­ner like a pas­sen­ger car but in nor­mal driv­ing it’s very much like a nor­mal car.’’

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