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2016 Holden Captiva LTZ Review

The Holden Captiva line-up again comprises front- and four-wheel-drive and petrol and diesel variants. However, as first announced at the end of 2015, the mid-sized five-seat Captiva 5 has been effectively dropped, with the large, seven-seat Captiva 7 being ‘renamed’ simply ‘Captiva’.

Headlining the refreshed Captiva LTZ is a new front end, featuring a new twin-grille, front fascia and LED daytime running lights, new body-coloured cladding, and new-look 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, upgrades include minor cabin tweaks, a restyled multi-function steering wheel, and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the carry-over 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen, which is again home to a standard rear-view camera. With satellite navigation duties now performed via connected mobile devices (eating into phone data allowances), the outgoing LTZ’s sat-nav system has been eliminated.

Topping off the LTZ is an eight-speaker stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming, heated leather-appointed front seats with eight-way electric adjustment for the driver, an electronic handbrake, hill-start assist and hill-descent control, a sunroof, side steps, front and rear skid plates, and satin silver-finished roof rails.

Flat seats offer decent lumbar support but little lateral support. The rake- and reach-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel feels cheap in the hands – like many of the Captiva’s touch points – and is accompanied by a hard dash top, woven-look plastic trim accents, plastic brushed aluminium-look elements and low-rent indicator and wiper stalks.

A footrest and height-adjustable seat belts and head rests are good inclusions not always present, while the soft headliner material, which feels like your favourite grandmother’s well-loved couch, continues onto the driver’s and passenger’s sun visors that both contain vanity mirrors.

Clear and simple climate controls are housed in a gloss black centre stack, and chrome is splashed across the climate and stereo controls, and encircling the air vents and driver’s instruments. Disappointingly, only the driver’s power window is auto down and all switches are clicky and cheap-feeling in their operation.

Published: Thursday, March 31, 2016

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