• More refined, quieter, more powerful, more efficient. Brilliant versatility, multi seat-folding. Sensational diesel and 6sp auto.
  • Only a 3yr warranty. No E85 compatibility on 3.0 V6 until 2012. Petrol 4cyl engine hardly a rip-snorter, features old tech.

6 / 10

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
by John Cadogan

The release of the Series II Holden Captiva represents a mid-life makeover for the popular Holden SUV, which sold more than 15,000 units in 2010. When you look at the sales volumes, the Holden Captiva is about as popular as the Subaru Forester, the Toyota RAV4, and significantly more popular than the Toyota Kluger. It’s a strong-selling SUV – way more popular than the Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe. Which tells you something about the pulling power of the Holden badge, seeing as the Santa Fe, Sorento and the Captiva are all built in South Korea.

Mid-life makeovers are often cynical affairs headlining nothing more than minor styling changes that boil down to the automotive equivalent of mutton dressed up as lamb. So it’s pleasing to report that Holden’s upgrade to the Series II Captiva is much more than just that. The new Holden Captiva gets the expected new hair and makeup – but it is also the beneficiary of some major engineering and technology upgrades that make it a far better value proposition than previously.

Headlining the Series II Holden Captiva story are the introduction of two new powertrain variants, new generation petrol and diesel engines with more power and better fuel efficiency, a new six-speed auto transmission, six airbags as standard across the range and (perhaps even more importantly) a drop in recommended retail pricing of $2000 across the entire Holden Captiva range – all of which will sit well with everyone … except possibly recent purchasers of the outgoing Series I Holden Captiva.

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review

The Holden Captiva range is split into two basic models – the five-seat Captiva 5 and the seven-seat Captiva 7. Both Holden and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries are semantically promiscuous on this, sticking the Holden Captiva 5 in the ‘compact SUV’ category, while the 7 is officially labeled a ‘medium SUV’. Go figure – Holden told us there’s less than 100mm in overall length between the pair. (This is a bit like putting the Toyota Camry in ‘medium car’ and the Toyota Aurion in ‘large’ – ridiculous because one is basically a clone of the other, with a disparity of two cylinders. Thankfully, however, real buyers in the real world don’t buy cars according to industry categorisation.) But there are significant differences between the pair if you’re in the market.

Historically the Holden Captiva 7 is w-a-y more popular than the 5. In 2010, of the 15,511 total Holden Captiva sales, 11,175 (or 72 per cent) were Captiva 7s.

Three engines are available – though not all are available on all variants (we’ll get to that). The price-leading base-model four-cylinder petrol is a 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder with variable valve timing, producing 123kW and 230Nm. Other latest-generation 2.4-litre engines from Hyundai-Kia feature direct injection, which gives them a performance edge (148kW, or about 20 per cent more power). It’s an edge the 2.4-litre Captiva could benefit from. Basically, its performance is adequate but not inspiring. It’s absolutely fine if you just want something for running around, and strong levels of performance aren’t high on your shopping list. But if they are…

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review

…then the other two engines will suit you. The second petrol engine in the range is a 3.0-litre SIDI V6, which is essentially the same engine as the Commodore small V6. (SIDI stands for ‘spark ignition direct injection’.) It produces 190kW and 288Nm, and really likes to rev. The same engine in the Commodore has been calibrated to accept ethanol blends up to E85 (85 per cent ethanol in 15 per cent petrol), which GM refers to as ‘flex-fuel capability’. The same engine in the Captiva doesn’t feature this innovation – yet. It is on its way in 2012, however.

The South Korean-built 2.2-litre DOHC diesel four is a real winner – from both performance and price-point perspectives. It’s just $1000 more than the petrol V6, which is a much lower premium than you’ll pay for the diesel on other cars and SUVs. It also delivers 135kW and a massive 400Nm of torque – which makes it extremely satisfying to drive on flowing roads, and easily the superior towing proposition of the three Holden Captiva engines. Not sure about the drivability of the front-wheel drive diesel variant (which we’ve not yet sampled) – 400Nm could easily overwhelm the available traction, provoking all kinds of electronic intervention. The all-wheel drive diesel drives brilliantly, however, and is the pick of the range, being both a willing performer and a frugal one.

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review

The diesel also features variable-geometry turbocharging, balance shafts, a maintenance-free catalysing particulate filter to minimise harmful diesel exhaust particles, and is Euro-4 emissions compliant.

Unlike many Euro-spec diesels, which come to Australia often as manual-only propositions, the diesel Captiva is available with the new 6T45 six-speed auto transmission – and the package works really well. Petrol Captivas get a new 6T40 six-speed auto (optional on the four, which is standard with six-speed manual). The auto is the pick in both cases, with very slick shifts, no disconcerting hunting and a low first gear for fast acceleration (and theoretically crawling over rougher terrain) and a tall sixth ratio for efficient highway cruising.

The improvements to the powertrain are significant in Captiva II: The 2.4-litre petrol four is 19 per cent more powerful and six per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, while the 3.0 V6 offers 12 per cent more power and three per cent more efficiency. The power and efficiency gains for the diesel are the most dramatic, however: 23 per cent and six per cent respectively.

Running through the model range, which can be a bit like cracking the code on the Rosetta Stone for the uninitiated, the Captiva 5 kicks off at just under $28k for the front-wheel drive, four-cylinder petrol manual. The new six-speed auto adds $2k, and the new four-cylinder diesel with auto-only transmission and all-wheel drive (a new specification for Captiva 5) is just under $34k.

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review

The Holden Captiva 7 is available in three model grades – SX, CX and LX. You can have a front-wheel drive SX with four-cylinder petrol and auto (new specification) for just under $32.5k, or a diesel auto front-driver for $3k more.

The CX is available with either a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine or the diesel, both with AWD. The petrol is just under $38.5k and the diesel is just $1000 more. The LX specification is the same deal as CX from a powertrain perspective, but the higher equipment levels add $4k ($42.5k for the petrol and $43.5 for the diesel).

Series II Captiva 5 comes comprehensively equipped. For example, ESC (plus brake assist, traction control and ABS) and six airbags plus hill start and descent assist systems, a 65-litre fuel tank, an (almost) full sized spare, standard 235/65 tyres on 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning, wheel-mounted audio controls, etc. iPod integration and GPS are notable exclusions from the spec on Captiva 5.

Captiva 7 is better equipped. SX specification is 2WD petrol four or optional AWD diesel on 17-inch alloys, plus all the safety stuff standard right across the range. Cloth seats are standard, four-speaker audio with no USB input or SD card reader (but you do get Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming capability and a 3mm input jack), and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. There is a high level of standard equipment, but plenty of equipment-based inducements to ‘sell you up’ into CX or LX at the dealership.

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review

CX specification adds 18-inch alloys with 235/55 tyres, front fog lamps, climate control, Sportec bolsters on the fabric seats, multi-function driver info display, outside temp display, trip computer, charcoal roofrails, and a six-CD audio system with six speakers and MP3.

LX specification adds 19-inch alloys on 235/50 tyres, chrome door handles, silver decorative skid plates front and rear, stainless steel sill plates, illumination to the vanity mirror, leather seat trim, eight-way power adjustment to the driver’s seat, electrochromatic centre rear view mirror, a rear view camera, a seven-inch touch-screen information display with integrated sat-nav, satin silver roof rails, and USB and SD card audio inputs.

On the road, the Captiva is wonderfully well mannered. It’s also very quiet. A lot of work has gone in behind the scenes to ensure both of those outcomes. The suspension has been re-tuned on Series II (10 per cent greater spring rates, softer isolators, bigger front and rear anti-roll bars, new bushes, etc.) and new noise, vibration and harshness attenuators have been added. They all work very well. The auto shifts really smoothly, and there are no nasty surprises with the manual either. All up it’s quite a refined vehicle to drive.

The cabin ergonomics are also quite well thought out. Everything falls easily to hand, and there aren’t any ‘hate at first sight’ features. In Captiva 7 the third-row seating is billed as a full-sized seat proposition, but I vote not to be the adult riding from Perth to Sydney up the ‘very’ back. It’s a great feature for soccer mums and dads, however, who often need instant extra seating capacity at the drop of a hat – and one of Captiva 7’s neater tricks is the flat-folding third seating row, which gives you instant, uncompromised luggage space.

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review

According to Holden, there are 4386 different permutations of the various seats folded down/up in Captiva 7. (That’s a slight exaggeration: there are actually ‘only’ 32 permutations – provided you leave the driver’s seat up in every case.) Whatever – the point is that the interior space is very versatile from a cargo-people variability point of view. Surfboards and bicycles can be swallowed with aplomb by a Captiva 7, along with a range of unwieldy consumer goods and hardware store items. If push came to shove, and no suite at the Ritz-Carlton was available, you could even sleep in it.

The Holden Captiva Series II is quite versatile. It’ll do everything a car will do, then do double duty as a quasi people mover, and then triple up as your very own de facto domestic delivery van. Think of it as the automotive equivalent of a Leatherman multi-tool.

The rough stuff? We didn’t test that – there was no opportunity to do so at the national media launch, and it’s not really the vehicle’s core intent. It seemed very composed over rough bitumen, and also on the brief unsealed road stint we had access to.

The Series II Holden Captiva is ongoing proof of the rise of the South Koreans as a global force in automotive manufacturing. Interestingly, the Captiva is the only South Korean-built SUV I can think of that you can buy with only a three-year warranty. This is the dark side, perhaps, of the Holden badge going on this product. (Hyundai and Kia, which are flipsides of the one entity, offer a standard five-year warranty.) When you add the Holden badge, however, you get a powerful home-grown marketing message, into which a bunch of customers have already bought, long-term. It’s not quite as powerful as ‘Commodore’, however. Few private buyers shop Commodores against Falcons, but Holden told us plenty of people actively shop Captivas against Territorys. This particular battle should hot up in the coming months as the re-birthed Territory is released.

2011 Holden Captiva Review
2011 Holden Captiva Review

However, if Dad drives a Holden Commodore and Mum wants an SUV, and there’s a desire to keep it all in the same automotive family, then the new Holden Captiva Series II won’t disappoint.

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  • Ed

    i really think this should come with a 5yr warranty. Otherwise people will get tricked thinking it got holden reliability but really its korean built car.

    • Denno

      Holden reliability? it’s not exactly a brand reknown for reliability I’m afraid although not too bad.

      I don’t like Hyundai-Kia becos of their poor driving dynamics but when it comes to reliability Holden doesn’t even come near the Koreans.

      Please don’t bury your head in sand and see where the world is going.

    • bangel

      I would be thinking glad it not holden built , korean more reliable , nice diesel , puts the other engines to shame with torques .

      • Manual Junkie

        Agree. I would be more inclined to buy this car if it is actually built in Korea.

        Holden is not exactly renowned for quality. It is a fact.

        • Shak

          You really need to stop using my name. CA you guys should have some sort of system that doesnt allow two users to have the same username.

      • maximark

        Not all Korean built are reliable,remember Captiva is a Daewoo rebadged.

        • hmmm

          marky mark you need to talk to the funky bunch before making commnts like that. Captiva is a world wide platform designed by gm all around the world sames as cruze

      • u_sure?

        Which other engines? Kia/Hyundai is more powerful and more frugal.

  • Gerry

    That is one ugly SUV

    • Squeek

      An excellent refresh which should see it continue to comfortably outsell the Ford equivalent, and at those prices why wouldn’t it

      • jeremy

        I hate to say it, but you are right. More than ever in recent history, people are value-conscious. If Ford cannot be perceived as providing value in the new Territory, people will buy this or another Korean offering.
        I’m very interested in seeing how this all affects Kluger sales. If Toyota had half a brain they’d put the D4D in it.

        • Frenchie

          While I agree the Teritory will be a good SUV, the Captiva IMO is the next size down in overall size. Some poeple, mainly city folks who like SUV but don’t want the large 4WD look it will appeal to.

          • RS5 II

            The ford may be bigger overall but its not bigger as a 7 seater,
            I am 6,2 and I fit in the back row of the holden and thats more than I can say for the ford,
            And the ford does not have a split 3rd row so if yo have more than 6 people in the car you need a trailer.

  • ohyea

    looks like a mitsubishi suv mix with a territory.

    its an improvement. the console looks good, only thing i dislike is the tail lights.

    • Squeek

      How does this in any way resemble a Territory?

      • Trouble

        The new/upcoming territory.
        I thought this also.

        • James

          It looks like. Mitsubishi lancer!

    • Kerv

      those roundish cheap looking tail lights disrupt the Captiva’s sleek line…

  • Grumpy01

    Does anyone know what the towing capacity of the new Diesel AWD 7 model is? No info on the GMH website yet – still got the old model on there.

    • RS5 II

      1700kg Braked
      750kg Unbraked

      • Steve

        Really? To me thats quite pathetic. At 1700kg, that doesnt leave much room between what a small caravan/boat weighs and the limit of the car, you wouldnt want to pack much into it. Its really just a bit diesel shopping trolly.

        • Steve


          • stevenson

            probably more limited by the weight of the car(only 1700 kg) than the available torque.

          • stevenson

            quite dangerous to tow a load heavier than the vehicle.

          • Adrian

            The towing limitations are factor of the structrual strengthof the vehicle (or lack of) and driveline strentgh (or lack of).

  • sammo

    If I was looking at the Captiva range I would personally go for the 5, only because it has a more premium look over the 7 and it’s quite good value too.

    But then again, the new Sportage is a better car in nearly every respect, so like any sane-minded person I would consider that car before the Captiva.

  • Captain Nemo

    “Captiva is the only South Korean built 4wd that comes with only a 3yr warranty i can think of” Sorry John the Renault Koleos also only has a 3yr warranty. But i think it,s unlimited Kays with the Renault.

    • Eric

      Is the Koleos built in South Korea??

      • Golfschwein

        Yes! By Samsung, without checking.

  • davey

    If Holden have dialled out some of the early quality glitches, lowered the price, and tidied up the styling on the 7 seater, they now have a good weapon on their hands. LX 7seat diesel would be on my shopping list. Does it have 3rd row air conditioning face vents?

    • Frenchie

      Does it have 2nd row air conditioning vents?

      • hmmm

        yes the old one does

    • John Dory

      Unfortunately not, though the salesman reckons the AC flows really well into the back.

      I had the old Captiva and loved it except for the lack of Rear AC. My kids hated it because of that, but if you put on the rear DVD they quieten down enough.

      That’s the only thing holding me back, but the new LX Diesel drives better than any other SUV except mayber the Territory turbo. Can tell it has Holden tuning.

      • les bell


        The salesman obviously has not sat in the second or third row of seats on a warm day, let alone a hot one! If you bought from this salesman then I hope he is prepared to refund purchase price if you find the airflow inadequate as I have in my Series 1 Captiva. My hands freeze on the steering wheel trying to get cool air rearwards! My replacement lease vehicle will be a slightly less pretty Santa Fe based on this fact alone.


    this car will sell in droves after people shop for a diesel territory,and find out what the diesel price adds,eh robyn(you there…)…

    • Robin Graves

      You get what you pay for, skimp out and get a craptiva.

      • JEKYL & HYDE

        i’d say there will be a fair bit of skimping going on then,ah robyn….

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      you couldn’t before because the terry only had a petrol motor(and you think the holden v8’s like a drink).nor now,because the terry diesel will be in the next price bracket….lol…ps get another name bk…

  • nickdl

    Great amount of features for the price and the diesel sounds pretty impressive, petrol four not too bad either. Just a quick note, the Kia Sorento petrol only has 128kW I’m pretty sure, and Hyundai only offer the Santa Fe in diesel. Not sure why it’s so hard to put E85 in the 3.0 when it’s the same engine in the Commodore?

    Overall I’d prefer to spend a little extra for the Territory. It’s much nicer looking (the Captiva just looks a mess), better engines and handling and it’s of much higher quality as well.

    • Squeek

      So you’ve driven both back to back then?

      • co

        Well considering it’s just a minor facelift of the original I stand by the comment that the new Territory will be better to drive than the Captiva (that’s judging the SY Territory against the original Captiva). Not sure why anyone would dispute that… Anyway all I was saying was that I’d make the same decision as I did last time and buy a Territory. An SV6 wagon is pretty good for the money as well.

      • nickdl

        Ok so you reckon that the Captiva will be better to drive? I suppose the Pope is Jewish then…

    • Damiano

      Yep, Kia/Hyundai 2.4 litres only produce 128KW and not 148 as you said. So the difference is negligible in my opinion. Santa Fe looks ungainly and a bit to long, like an ordinary station wagon. I prefer Captiva’s size

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ John Cadogan

        Thanks for your interest in CarAdvice. With due respect, the GDI Hyundai/Kia 2.4-litre four-cylinder in the i45 and the Optima produces 148kW. Check the specs here http://www.hyundai.com.au/Vehicles/i45/Specifications-and-Range/default.aspx and at Kia. It’s 20 per cent more power than the normal fuel injected engine in the Captiva 2.4. Holden offers direct injection in the 3.0 V6 but not the 2.4.
        John Cadogan

        • Big A

          I don’t want to out right disagree, but given the Korean competitor is the i35 (not the i45) and has 2.4 GDI engine producing 130kW & 227Nm isn’t this a mute point.
          The 148kW i45 Sedan has less torque (220Nm), so presumably the engine is detuned for more torque to carry the heavier body. (1528kg Vs 1585Kg)

          Big A

          • John Cadogan

            Big A,
            Thanks for commenting and taking an interest in CarAdvice. While I agree with you that the direct competitor is the ix35, with all due respect I don’t agree with you that the ix35’s 2.4-litre engine is a GDI. It’s not. In fact, according to the Hyundai website via the link you embedded, it’s a multi-point fuel injected engine (same as Captiva), not a direct-injected engine (like in i45/Optima). Ix35 is an older product, and the point I was making had to do with what constituted current technology at GM Korea versus current tech at Hyundai/Kia.
            I made that point because Holden was very quick to make the point that the Captiva engine range offers latest-generation technology. If that’s the case at GM Korea, then it’s a different ballpark over the road because the latest-generation 2.4 from Hyundai/Kia offers direct injection, and this confers an additional 20 per cent power output compared with multi-point injection (when you compare 2.4 Captiva with 2.4 i45/Optima).
            On your thoughts about torque: ix35 versus i45 – they’re both 2.4s and i45 makes 14 per cent more power, but five per cent of that comes from revving harder (6300 for i45 versus 6000 for ix35 – since power is proportional to rpm, basically, if all other things are equal). The i45 makes 250Nm, according to Hyundai (not 220 like you said), whereas the ix35 makes 227. That’s actually 10 per cent more torque. Power is basically torque x revs x (a constant) – so if you’ve got 10 per cent more torque (from GDI’s improved combustion) and you spin the engine 5 per cent faster – the effect on power is cumulative.
            It’s basically an advertisement for GDI’s better combustion management.
            Thanks once again for your interest.
            John Cadogan

          • GM Supplier

            Hi Mr Cadogan,

            Think you should go back to Holden and double check. The 2.4 is the same direct injection engine they use in the American GMC Terrain and the Chevy Equinox. GM Korea updated the old plain MPFI to DI.

            And I’m not sure who did the test driving in your article, but the 2.4 is a much nicer drive than the V6, as the V6 seems to lack the torque and shift points in the transmission to get it to move nicely. I think it would be even worse with kids and luggage in it, or a small trailer behind it.

            Anyways, that was my view. I bought the 2.2 Diesel in the end though, and the wife really loves it. Personally, the new Territory looks the business….

      • http://CarAdvice The Salesman

        The 2.4 GDI (Optima engine) is the 148Kw / 250Nm engine.

  • jeremy


    Please note – Captiva, Santa Fe and Sorento ALL have split/fold 3rd row seats.
    This is highly desirable. In fact it will be a deal breaker for many (think 4 kids + pram and/or shopping, school bags, tool kits, ect.).

    Please fix this ASAP to ensure a healthy return to market prominence.

  • Shak

    Simply put Holden will probably be coming very close to Toyota in terms of overall sales soon. The update Captiva’s sales should probably stay very healthy, and with the Cruze and Barina coming on board soon, and then the Epica replacement Holden could easily cover the 4000-4500 sales that separate it and Toyota. And with talk of a new 4WD coming from the Colorado platform, GM Holden can look forward to a very prosperous future.

    • Stoney

      i think your on the money there shak

  • Robin Graves

    “way more popular than a sorento or Santa Fe” tells you something about the morons that buy Holdens, all about the badge and nothing about the car itself if they choose a craptiva over other far superior cars.

    • Bent 8 Brigade

      “An excellent refresh which should see it continue to comfortably outsell the Ford equivalent, and at those prices why wouldn’t it”
      Truer words never were spoken, hey Robyn

      • Robin Graves

        It’s probably not far from the truth. Seems there is any army of mindless drones that buy Holden regardless of how crap they are compared to the competition. It’s been like that for decades, can’t see that changing any time soon.

        • Shak

          Robin, what is so honestly bad about this car in comparison to its Ford equivalent? Of course the territory drives better, but in terms of features and price, the Captiva seems to have the upper hand.

          • Joe

            “but in terms of features and price, the Captiva seems to have the upper hand”

            Guy’s(and Girl’s) I have yet to see any prices or features advertised or listed anywhere. Where are you guy’s getting this information from?

            Obviously you are just assuming that coming from Korea and being smaller,less powerful(but thirstier)and less sophisticated the Captiva is going to be cheaper.

          • Shak

            Well Joe, based on previous prices for both models and previous spec levels, and unless that Ford goes down in price by about 3500-4000 grand and the Captiva goes up by the same amount, then the value equation remains.

      • Ron R

        It’s a cheaper car aimed at the Rav 4 / Ford Escape / Kia Sorento size market – not in the same league at the Territory or a direct competitor. When it can tow 2.4 tonnes then I’ll look at it.

  • Denno

    I actually like the new front grill better than the chevorlet one. This one looks a lot more upscale.

    Holden has brought out another winner. This is one competitive suv that will outsell the Territory and Kluger.

    The Territory is an excellent choice too but can’t beat this holden on price.

  • RickyC

    The clear-lens tail-lights were actually offered previously on the 60th Anniversary Model in 2008. Good to see they’ve brought them back for good, but they’re not new. Only the front has changed.

    • aaron

      clear tail lights are a bit like led DRLS

      originally sourced from MARDI GRAS

      • Robin Graves

        Or eBay

  • filippo

    You can tell that Holden had no say in the styling of the Captiva by the teeny-weeny Holden badge on the back. Most other Holdens have a large space on the boot to put the lion, where this (like the Viva) was designed with the Daewoo and Chevrolet badges in mind.

    • RickyC

      Very good observation. Circular badges don’t scale down in size nearly as well and are much harder to fit.

  • Patrick

    Great mid-life refresh of Australia’s top selling SUV
    I am in the market soon to update my VE and this looks very appealing

  • http://Nissan Kazuo

    i like the looks.great diesel choice.very practicle, not bad to drive. good choice for ppl want suv

    • Joe

      “not bad to drive. good choice for ppl want suv” Since when has ” not bad to drive” been a selling point?

      Yeah! I can just imagine BMW or Lexus or even Ford saying that in their advertising and hoping to get a positive response.

      I have driven SUV’s and in my opinion, especially when carrying passenger’s ie. Family etc. I want the best handling and driving experience that I can afford and I prefer these 2 qualities over a couple of extra gadgets or an extra .5 l/100km.

  • aaron

    and, car advice, please stop mixing pix of old models and new models in your articles, a lot of people cant tell the difference but some can.

    the first 30 pix above are the discontinued model!

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ John Cadogan

      Thanks for taking such an interest in CarAdvice and the images we post, but with all due respect in this case you’re wrong. All these images you see here are from the official Holden press kit for the Series II Captiva. The first 30 are the Series II Captiva 5, and the remainder are the Series II Captiva 7. That explains the different models in the image gallery. You’re right that a lot of people can’t tell the difference.
      Thanks once again for your interest in the site.
      John Cadogan

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      • jeremy

        Nice John. ather than take it as a personal attack you responded with the facts and did so graciously.
        I hope we see more of this – Alborz has always done it well and it wins respect.

        • bert

          I dont know why everyone including caradvice compare the craptiva with a kluger! The captiva is not much bigger than a RAV or CRV and not in the same league as the much roomer kluger!

          • JEKYL & HYDE

            that right,the much roomer,harder parking,fuel guzzling,overpriced,horribly styled,bos kluger…

          • DPG

            Have a cry

  • Finnish

    Do people looks for at quality anymore? you paying lots of money for a car in the first place, paying an extra 3-5 grand isn’t gonna make a big difference..

    You get what you pay for! There is a reason why the Craptiva is cheaper then Kluger, Territory etc

    I hope the territory rapes captiva

  • Scooter

    Does anyone have any feedback on the front suspension of these things? I was interested, but heard that they lack camber/castor adjustments or enough of and don’t get much life out of front tyres??

    • speedyace

      ive driven my MY2008 LX about 75,000km and the original dunlops lasted about 30,000. I use Kumo tyres now and they’ve been far better in terms of road noise and puncture resistance. Wear & tear can be reduced by doing a weekly pressure checks and every 4 or 5 months spending about $50 at Bob Jane for a wheel balance or rotation if required.

  • mmmmmm

    All the holden haters, ford fans and korean bashers are probably increasing the Captiva sales for holden.
    You read so much rubbish about the captive in the comments on this and other web sites it would have to be the worst car ever.
    When you actually try one out they’re just not that bad, they’re a decent drive and a decent ride.
    At their price point they’re a good car at a good value price.
    The sales volume proves they’re a success

    • Chili Dog

      I stopped reading after you used the word ‘haters.’ -1.

      • Mr Hyde

        No you didn’t … idiot

  • captivafan

    Update looks good…
    In the market for a thrifty, 7 seater suv under $35k. Test drove a runout Captiva 7 Diesel on the weekend – and was pleasantly surprised! Hadn’t driven one for a couple of years….the suspension, ride, NVH (diesel clatter) seem to be MUCH improved compared to the one I drove a few years ago. Looks like Holden have gradually improved this car over the years.
    Very tempted to make an offer – should get one for $33k or so with a sunroof.
    PS: In comparision to most other SUV’s, the Captiva feels SPORTIER and more nimble – feels like a hatch to drive.

    • Deadpool

      Have Holden actually done anything with this car apart from putting their badge on it? It’s made at the Daewoo factory and re-badged for OS markets. Don’t think Holden have done anything to improve this car over the years…Can anyone tell me if they do anything to modify them for our roads?

      • JEKYL & HYDE

        have you been sitting under a rock for 5 years…

  • RS5 II

    its funny how so many people comment on Holdens and Fords like a bunch of little kids.
    Let people read what CA write about without leaving stupid comments about what you think and let them read about what CA knows……

    Oh yeah and I almost forgot you Ford Australia fans out there, You better start being nice to Holden because where are you going to have to go for service when ford goes under.

    Just jokes :)

  • Byron

    Good review. Captiva seem to be a good car. I remember sitting in my friends diesel one & It was better than I thought, I mean the engine was quiet, the interior seems well put together & everything was better than I thought. Don’t under estimate the Captiva because it’s made in korea. I think everyone but the Holden haters seem to still have a issue with this. ’11 Captiva Series II has good looks, great new interior, 3 new engines & is cheaper than Series I Captiva. Seems like a good car to me.

  • PoisonEagle

    How ironic that the cheaper Captiva5 appears to have the Opel interior, with AH Astra derived binnacle and centre stack , while the more expensive model is the one with the very Daewoo-esque interior; that steering wheel= ergh! and little things like the hole in front of the door handle just look gauche. I’m sorry but I just couldn’t live with that interior personally.
    Captiva5 (aka Antara) and class competitors are way less tacky.

  • FrugalMum

    Having looked at almost every 7 seater on the market (avoiding the overly expensive Euro models), the Captiva 7 has one major thing going for it that the others don’t. You CAN fit an adult in the third row quite comfortably, without their knees up around their ears. No, I wouldn’t want to be the adult in the third row from Melbourne to Sydney, but it’s certainly possible on a day’s outing. Not one other 7seat model had the leg room and foot well in the third row that the Captiva does. Add to that the new specs for the turbo diesel, and the more highly affordable price range (compared to other brands), there is no question for me that I’ll be buying one. I don’t care that it’s not a Ford, or a Toyota or anything else. It’s practical and that’s what matters.

  • Mr Car Review

    I Test drove the LX7 over the weekend,my opinion dont buy one,its crap,for the money your paying there is alot better out there.If you like the air vents blowing right in your face which you cannot point them up and no back vents feel sorry ffor anyone sitting in the back.Also there is vibration noise coming from the floor,cheap plastic interior,best to wait for the ford territory and see what it has to offer.I was looking to down grade from my wonderful Mercedes C220 (What was i thinking) and i have come to the conclusion you pay for what you get.I will have a look at the territory otherwise i’m buying another merc,i do understand that price plays a big role for most people and not everyone can buy a exp suv.The Subaru outback seems to be a good buy but no diesel auto in top of the range and its a exp car for what you get and with fuel prices going up and maybe topping $2-$2.50 per litre diesel is the way to go.I will be looking at more Suvs and will keep you posted.

  • speedyace

    whats the towing capacity of the new 2 ltr diesel?

  • Don

    I have a Captiva 7 and the front tyres are both worn on the inside exstensively after 12mths. Is this a common thing in this vehicle? Not happy Jan.

    • Bill

      Yes! My captiva 7 is with Holden as we speak for this same problem. My captiva is 12 months old with 16000km and my front tyres are both as smooth as a babys bottom! I am livid and will be taking it further with Holden head office ( Knowing full well that nothing will happen). Not happy ( also) Jan!

  • Fernando

    I am the owner of a Captiva 7 LX Series II (Diesel) 2011 model. I get 720Km on a full Tank (65 Ltrs) on Highway driving or 560 Km (for 65 Ltrs) on local suburban driving both with ECO mode on. I have currently done 5,500 km.

    Is this the average for this model?
    Would appreciate feedback from other readers.

  • Ruth

    I am thinking of buying a captiva 5 series 2, Do I do it ??

    • Nickymm2


  • Paul Hunter

    The Holden Captiva or Craptiva is the most uncomfortable car I have driven in along time.The seats seem way to small and uncomfortable. The ride is very hard feels ever bump in the road. There is limited vision when backing.And bits ie handels are beging to fall of Although I am driving the 2.4 petrol version and have only had it for 3 weeks I would gladly swap for my old Ford Territory.
    All in all out of ten I would give a minus score

    • nickdl

      Didn’t you test drive it? It amazes me that people only spend 5 minutes trying their second biggest asset before buying it. That’s like marrying a girl after a 5 minute speed date.

  • gonzi@live.com.au

    An absolute lemon. I have had lots of problems with it. The worst thing is dealing with a very unhelpful seller. an absolute disgrace.

    This is by far the worst car I have ever driven.

  • gonzi@live.com.au

    word of caution for potential buyers.

    it seems that holden is trowing everything they can to sell this lemon. sunroof, reverse camera , side steps etc.
    these little add ons are not worst the hassle of driving an unreliable expensive lemon.

  • Gonzi

    craptiva is the worst car i have ever had. is full of problems, i have nothing but hassles with this car. the dealer has not been helpful either.
    currently i am seeking legal advise.
    I encourage all craptiva owners having problems withiether their car or the dealer to report to ACCC so something could be done about this awful car.

    • Thortoons

      Hi Gonzi
      We have been fighting with our local dealership & Holden for the last 3 months due to broken roller rockers like so many other Captiva owners.   Have you had any joy with ACCC – we’ve also contacted ACA & Today Tonight

      • Mkerr

        Hi Thortoons
        Our Captiva (2007 Diesel LX) has just done the roller rockers also at 84k’s.  The dealer has just informed that they are contributing NIL of the $3000 repair bill.  I would be interested to know how you are getting on with your situation?  I have logged a call with customer assistance and next stop is going to be the lawyer based on the amount of people I have discovered with the same issue, should they not assist 

        • Thortoons

          Hi MKerr – We are still fighting !   Holden customer assistance have not been any help at all.  We’ve wasted a huge amount of time liasing with them but according to others they hope that eventually you give in & just pay up.    We have been quoted $8500 to have our vehicle repaired -slightly better than the initial $11000 + labour quote !     

          Let us know what month your vehicle was built – our was 11 07.
          Many others seem to be plated in the 3 month window when the vehicles were being built up in Bangkok whilst the factory was being renovated/rebuilt in Korea ?

          Email  thortoons@primusonline.com.au     

          • Nickymm2

            Ok I am very nervous after reading your comments. My Captiva Diesel was running great until the knocking and the no power and then it konked out. Mechanic is still trying to find the issue but I am pretty sure I have found it for him. I seem to be the lucky one – I got 113 000 kms out of mine.

  • willy

    I have a Captiva 2008 LX Diesel 2 L. Very economical. To compare it with other brands rarely I can see a Captiva for sale on second hand car yards. I wanted to upgrade it to the series II. but the holden car dealers want my car for just $23K. so I keep my old one instead of payinf extra $10K for a series II. 

  • Nickymm2

    I must have read over 50 complaints about the Captiva diesels rocker arm. Mine has just died too. I am guessing it is not going to be cheap to repair,

  • mkerr

    Hi Nicky, The extent of how bad the problem is seems to vary significantly.  My cost was $3000 and after a fight with Holden they finally agreed to pay 33% even though it’s outside of warranty.  Why are they paying anything when it’s outside of warranty?….because they know it’s a fault.  I have paid for mine and picked it up but will continue to pursue Holden for the amount I did pay. 

    In order to get any compensation your servicing needs to be up to date (no late services) and ideally serviced at a Holden dealer.  If not they won’t offer anything.

    THORTOONS – I will check my date and come back to you by email with details.  Interesting re: factory location. 

    I have spoken with ACCC and they have asked me to put everything in writing but I could gauge from their vague feedback that it will be tough as outside of warranty.  I am assuming that there are going to be several others hitting the same klm mark very soon and thus plenty more roller rockers to go so I think it would be wise to keep all paperwork in the event that if there is enough people power we may get somewhere.

  • P Bam1

    I have a Holden Captiva LX 2.2 Diesel 2012 model. It has done 15000 km . Just wanted to know if anybody has had the problem with the oil quality light that keep on coming on. It first started before the 3000km service. I took it in several times but keep hearing a different story each time I get it back. 
    Just had the 15000km service done and ask specifically for them to check up on this particular problem, which they said they did but as soon as the car stood and idled for about a minute it came on again. I contacted them again immediately and they asked me to bring it in again and said that the mechanic who did the service did not reset it properly. They then plugged the computer in and a “Proper Reset” was done. Again took the car and did about 150km and it came on again, they now say they might try and do a hard reset??

    Just wondered if anyone has experienced the same problem and if yes,what was done to rectify the problem.

    Many thanks.

    • Nickymm2

      this will be the first of MANY problems with your Captiva. Sell it asap.

  • Errol Spaull

         I am thinking of buying  a  Holden   Captiva  5  2 W D  after reading all the Comment I wonder if I should?

Holden Captiva Specs

Car Details
5 (4x4)
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$14,410 - $16,380
Dealer Retail
$15,910 - $18,920
Dealer Trade
$11,500 - $13,100
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
220Nm @  2400rpm
Max. Power
103kW @  5200rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
10.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1500  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
235/65 R17
Rear Tyres
235/65 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Power Mirrors
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin