Honda CRV VS Holden Captiva

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Here is a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the Holden Captiva. There are two versions, the Captiva5 and the Captiva7 the 5 seat or the 7 seat version. The Captiva is known by a variety of names around the world but is ultimately a Daewoo which in turn is still owned GM. It is a parts bin approach to building a car and you will see lots of common parts when you get one.  That does not mean it's a bad car either!

Released in 2006 as a Holden it has remained essentially the same with only the usual equipment package and trim changes. The Captiva7 is actually a longer version car not a the smaller 5 version with extra seats. They where given a refresh for the 2011 with additional refinements and lower pricing due to the strength of the AUD against the US. They are slightly better than the first series but we don't think are as good as the CRV.


Holden Captiva
Honda CRV

Exterior design of the Captiva 5 is a blend of European and Asian influences but ultimately it is a conservative shape and recognizably a off-road in theme. It is physically quite a large car it just happens to be smaller on the inside. Overall it is quite an attractive car.

The Captiva's interior design is where you can play spot the common parts. The switches and dials come from other main stream GM models like the Astra. Since they come from mainly Euro models it does not feel cheap. We liked the central semi-trip computer too! Overall it does work well. However we have a number of criticisms with the design. For example the shiny rings look out of place and there are too many of them - at least a distraction from the lack of places to put things and the feeling of lack of space. the 5 and 7 have different interiors.

Mechanically the Captiva comes in a range of engines. It's drive system comes in a variety of 2WD and AWD versions which makes like interesting when trying to decide which version to get.

We've only been in one as a passenger at the time of writing. The Captiva there is a good amount of space it just feels cramped. The ride on the road was good - it could be softer then the others and so was acceleration. Relatively lots of engine noise and not much action. Apart from that it felt just like the other small SUVs.

Based on specification the Captiva 2WDs will be one of the slower cars on the road. Less power also means more petrol will be used and diesel means relatively less refinement and more noise. On the good side at least you'll be able to go head to head with a similar specified CX-7 and not be embarrassed.

The best thing about the newest Captiva is price. The base model in well under $30,000 so with a bit of bargaining you can get a decent reasonably sized new car.

Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

Holden Captiva 5 & 7
2010 $27,990 - 45,490 AUD




We still prefer the Honda CRV to the Captiva. It just feels more up to date and practical. The feeling of space and places to put things just makes it better.  

However in this price range I'd seriously consider the Hyundai ix35 or new Kia Sportage purely because they look better and have more equipment. Forget the high end petrol Captiva versions because they are relative expensive for not much more.

Honda CR-V Holden Captiva



IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC 16 valve VTEC EFI
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
IL4 Cylinder (F18D4)
IL4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC 16 Valve VVT
2.4 Litre (2405cc)
Claimed 103Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 220Nm @ 2400RPM

IL4 Turbo Diesel (Z20S1)
IL4 DOHC 16 Valve Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection
2 Litre (1991cc)
Claimed 110Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 320Nm @ 2000RPM

V6 Cylinder (10HMA)
V6 Cylinder petrol
DOHC 16 Valve VVT
3.2 Litre (3195cc)
Claimed 169Kw @ 6600RPM
Claimed 297Nm @ 3200RPM

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1732 - 1925 Kg
Towing capacity up to 2000kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 65 litres
IL4 2.0 Petrol 9.7 litres per 100km
IL4 2.0 Diesel 8.6 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall Height/Width 1680/1820
Overall Length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
5 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall Height/Width 1700/1850-2110
Overall Length/Wheelbase 4570-4637/2707
4WD system: FWD or On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: ?/5
Tyre size:
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Min Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Min Ground clearance (unloaded) 200mm
Performance Performance

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $27,990 - 45,490 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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