the Haywood family
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.’’