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by Tim Beissmann

The Holden Captiva 5 and Holden Captiva 7 are now more fuel efficient and better equipped thanks to a running update to the medium- and full-sized SUVs.

Powertrain calibration refinements bring fuel economy improvements of up to 10 per cent. Consumption of the Captiva 5’s 123kW/230Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine has been trimmed from 9.1 litres per 100km to 8.8L/100km, while its 135kW/400Nm 2.2-litre diesel falls from 8.5L/100km to 8.2L/100km.

With the 2.4-litre petrol on board, the front-wheel-drive Captiva 7 SX improves one-tenth to 9.0L/100km.

The all-wheel-drive diesel Captiva 7 SX drops from 8.1L/100km to 7.6L/100km, while the mid- and high-grade CX and LX variants sharpen from 8.3L/100km to 8.1L/100km.

The Captiva 7 CX and LX models equipped with the 190kW/288Nm 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine enjoy the most significant economy improvement, with combined cycle fuel consumption falling from 11.3L/100km to 10.1L/100km.

Both petrol engines are now are now flex-fuel compatible, which means they can be refilled with E85 (bio-ethanol), E10, unleaded or premium unleaded, or any combination of the above.

The running update introduces reverse parking sensors as standard to the entry-level Captiva 7 SX, and heated front seats and front parking sensors to the top-spec LX. Prices are unchanged across both Captiva line-ups.

The Holden Captiva 5 has made a strong start to 2012, with sales up 51.8 per cent after the first six months at 3139 units. With a 6.5 per cent share of the medium SUV segment, it currently sits sixth behind the Nissan X-Trail, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester and the Mitsubishi Outlander.

The larger Captiva 7 has largely held ground so far this year, up 2.5 per cent to 5157 units. Its share of the large SUV segment has slipped to 9.9 per cent, although it is still the fourth most popular model in that market behind the Toyota Prado, Ford Territory and the Toyota Kluger.

2012 Holden Captiva manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Captiva 5 petrol manual – $27,990
  • Captiva 5 petrol automatic – $29,990
  • Captiva 5 diesel automatic – $33,990
  • Captiva 7 SX petrol automatic – $32,490
  • Captiva 7 SX diesel automatic – $35,490
  • Captiva 7 CX petrol automatic – $38,490
  • Captiva 7 CX diesel automatic – $39,490
  • Captiva 7 LX petrol automatic – $42,490
  • Captiva 7 LX diesel automatic – $43,490



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