March 10, 2020

2017 Holden Captiva LTZ Review

2017 Holden Captiva LTZ road test and review…

Finishing in the top 5 best sellers last year of large SUVs, the Holden Captiva is definitely a winner amongst buyers.

And though it may not have the refinement of its competitors like the Toyota Kluger, Subaru Outback or Hyundai Santa Fe, the Captiva does have some notable assets.

The top of a four-tier range, the Holden Captiva LTZ I was graced with starts from $40,490; a reasonable price when you consider its wares.

With seven-seat occupancy, leather seats plus heated and electrically adjusted front seats, passengers will be comfortable in the spacious interior.

However, the flatness of the seats in the middle and back rows may not be so desirable but the last two do fold neatly into the floor creating a standard sized boot.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are installed in the 7” touch screen which sadly doesn’t come with satellite navigation. A let down, but guidance is available trough smartphone connectivity.

The touch screen does appear diminutive, overwhelmed by the bulky dash and robust looking air vents.

Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert technology enhance the safety of the Holden while AWD and hill descent control help with any off road escapades.

Under the bonnet of the Captiva LTZ is a big 3.0L V6 which can be a little on the side of being noisy though you’ll forgive this with copious power for hill climbing and overtaking.

The payoff is the fuel consumption, however, making for thirsty work at around 12 litres to the hundred.

After some long distance driving I managed to lower it to 11.5L/100km.

The rest of the ride is satisfactory but once again not on par with some of its rivals. Handling is competent and relatively nimble given the Captiva’s size, and suspension is less forgiving due lower profile 19” wheels.

Other notable features are an electric park brake, electric sunroof and running boards which didn’t seem all that necessary given the low clearance height of the undercarriage.

As yet the Holden Captiva LTZ model hasn’t been tested by ANCAP and doesn’t possess a safety rating along with the Captiva LT.

What you do get is a three year, 100,000km warranty and Holden’s lifetime capped priced servicing.

The Holden Captiva LTZ may not have the brightest polish but offers some creature comforts, engine grunt with seating capacity at a practical price.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Holden Captiva LTZ

Engine: 3.0L V6 petrol producing 190kW and 288Nm

Transmission: Sports automatic

Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km

Safety: Not yet tested

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $40,490

About Simon Lai 1064 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks.Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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