2011 Holden Captiva 5 Review

2011 Holden Captiva 5 review

Joel Helmes reviews the Holden Captiva 5.

A couple of months ago I drove the Captiva’s bigger brother the Captiva 7, if you remember there were a few issues with that vehicle that I didn’t particularly like.

I’m pleased to say my test drive of the Holden Captiva 5 left me more satisfied, not thrilled or excited but satisfied.

Let’s start off with the positives shall we?

I think the best place to start is outside the Captiva 5 were I’m more than happy to plug the styling of the vehicle; it looks good – modern and tough with some nice touches including the chrome work used around the grille and on the front panel air vents.

The big 17” alloy wheels complete the look.

Inside the cabin there is very much a “European” feel, the boot space is more than adequate and there’s a tonne of storage space under the sliding cup holders in the console.

Also in regards to the climate control settings I loved that the temperature and fan speed control can be adjusted easily in small increments.

To the other side of the ledger now and there a few areas of the Captiva 5 which are a little “sub-par”.

The biggest issue is the 2.4 litre four cylinder petrol engine and six speed auto transmission.

It doesn’t please me to report that the engine has a flat and disinterested feel, coupled with a transmission that seems to take an eternity to find the right gear.

And most damning of all is that to achieve this dull performance the Captiva 5 drinks fuel like its going out of style.

The trip computer had me using 16 litres per 100 in the city, I got that down to 11 litres per 100 on the freeway – Holden claims the combined rate is 9 litres per 100, I don’t believe it.

Despite the designers of the Captiva 5 resisting the urge to put ridiculously low profile tires on the alloy wheels the ride is also fairly choppy and not really all that friendly to the occupants.

There were a few things relating to the interior which also didn’t float my boat including the radio controls, which are extremely ugly, the radio display and trip computer screen is dated and unattractive.

There are also no USB or iPod inputs and just like the Captiva 7 I felt the climate control settings are placed down too low on the dash taking your attention away from the road while making an adjustment.

Also I felt the interior wasn’t all that comfortable because everything, including the steering wheel and arm rests are made from rock hard materials.

I would be happy to overlook some of these shortcomings if the petrol engine was better and it wasn’t so thirsty, while I haven’t tested it I would wager the turbo diesel version would be the way to go.

The Captiva 5 starts from $27,990 for the manual petrol, the turbo diesel auto starts from $33,990 – check it out first.


Engine: 2.4 litre petrol producing 123kW and 230Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000kms

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $27,990

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