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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.
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.
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.