Holden Captiva

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The Holden Captiva was a success for Holden…but not because it was a quality offering

The Holden Captiva was Holden’s first car-based SUV with the option of seven seats and was the General’s answer to the wildly successful and locally designed, developed and built Ford Territory. Launched back in 2006, the Captiva was launched in two body styles, with the five seat version based on Europe’s Opel Antara, and all Captivas were produced at General Motors’ factory in Korea.

A number of different trim levels were available, and you could have your Captiva with either a 3.0 litre V6 petrol which was made in Australia and was a derivative of the 3.6 litre unit found in the Commodore, a 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel or a 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

The Captiva could be considered a success story for Holden – the SUV range was relatively popular, but it wasn’t because of its driving dynamics or clever interior packaging like its rival from the Blue Oval. No, the Captiva sold because it was cheap. you could have a brand new seven-seat SUV with leather, climate, a reversing camera and satellite navigation for less than $40k on the road. Bargain.

Sadly, the Captiva was developed by General Motors during the Global Financial Crisis, so the Captiva’s engineering lacked both breadth and depth, and many Captiva owners learnt that the Captiva was very much a case of you get what you pay for, with many customers complaining about poor quality and reliability.

Holden (lightly) refreshed and revised the Captiva range over its 11 year tenure, and it’ll be replaced by the Holden Acadia and Holden Equinox.



The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.