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.
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.
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.
One particular annoyance were the audio selection controls on the steering wheel with a rocker that was hard to switch and produced a slight delay.
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.
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.
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