Holden’s Korean sourced Captiva range has been available for a few years now; it’s been a solid if unspectacular seller since its introduction and copped a facelift a couple of years ago.There’s two model options, a five and a seven seater, with the choice of levels and engines. It’s getting a little long in the tooth and is overdue for an overhaul. When a manufacturer needs to respark interest in a model, it releases an edition with some bling and such is the case with the Captiva 5 LTZ. Leather seats, sparkling and stylish 19 inch alloys, front parking sensors, heated seats and a driver’s choice of eight ways for adjustment and automatic wipers build value into a vehicle in dire need of an exterior and interior revamp whilst placing the LTZ at the top of the Captiva 5 tree.
It’s MOSTLY mechanically unchanged from the everyday 5; the test car was the torquey (135kW.400Nm) 2.2L diesel mated up to a revamped six speed auto transmission, replacing the version introduced to the Captiva two years ago. A sports shift option and a change to the final drive ratio plus a smoother shift change sharpen the pencil in that area whilst the ride itself is firm without being teeth rattling, comfortable without wallowing, sharp handling without being too quick for Aussie tastes. The fact that it’s fettled by Australian engineers to suit our generally average road system adds a lot to the on road ability and performance. Bump/thump is marginal, there’s no push on understeer in tight turns such as roundabouts and stays on a true track over the big speedhumps. The diesel is only noisy under load and is barely heard at freeway speeds, keeping the aging cabin at a comfortable conversation level whilst pulling hard through the gears when given the command. The uprated gearbox is smooth with transitions unremarkable for not being noticed, with a chirp from the front tyres under acceleration.
The interior benefits from having the leather and electric seats however suffers badly in comparison to its rivals such as the Ford Kuga, Hyundai i35 or Mazda CX-5, with a bland Germanic dash, limited visual imformation and an uninspiring overall look.
The exterior remains unchanged.
The Captiva 5 range starts at $27990 + ORCs with the LTZ from $32990 (petrol) and $36990 (diesel) which helps offset the last decade styling look, along with a decent ride and grunty diesel engine.