The spacious interior cabin of the Captiva Equipe 2016 stacks plenty of room in the back, meaning that even this 6 foot reviewer can fit in to the third row, without his head touching the roof lining. An electric sunroof to let in the light only adds to the roomy feeling, while the driver’s seat can be electrically adjusted by eight ways.
The additional passenger load doesn’t come at the sacrifice of comfort, that’s for sure and, for a mere $35,990 plus on-road costs, you get a whole lot of bang for your buck. If you don’t need those extra seats, fold down the two in the back row and you get a super-sized boot to cart around the dog and all your gear.
Up front, the 7” multifunction, colour touchscreen clearly displays the information provided by the rear view camera, which is particularly handy if the Equipe is fully loaded or you’re parking up with your boat or caravan trailer at the back. Syncing the screen up to your phone is easy too, as the connectivity is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications.
Every door handle has a soft button that allows you to unlock the doors with the key safely stowed in your pocket, and of course that too means that the Equipe allows keyless engine start. The only slight inconvenience is having to dig out the remote key whenever you want to lock the vehicle.
Other features that make this substantial SUV an impressive addition to the Holden family include 18” magnesium, alloyed wheels, roof rails to fasten various roof rack combinations and its 2.4L petrol engine which is fed through the two front wheels via the 6-speed active select, automatic transmission.
And while the fuel economy figures aren’t staggering, they’re certainly acceptable when you factor in the capacity of the engine and the vehicle.
At a glance
|Engine||2.4L, 4 cylinder petrol|
|Price||$35,990 plus ORC|
|ANCAP safety rating||5 star|
|Transmission||6-speed auto with active select|
|Fuel economy||9.6L/100km combined|
|Towing capacity||750kg unbraked, 1500kg braked|
|6 airbags||Reverse camera|
|Rear park assist||Traction control|