Quick Drive: Holden Captiva 7 Active 2014

Quick Drive: Holden Captiva 7 Active 2014

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Captiva 7 Active LRKeeping a model fresh and interesting is always a challenge for a manufacturer and even though the Captiva 7 SUV has been a great ( and very successful) sales weapon in the Holden arsenal, it too is not exempt from such marketing efforts.

 

It would have to be said, that nobody does special editions with added value quite as well as General Motors, so enter stage left the monochromatic Captiva 7 Active test vehicle looking particularly bling-bling in Summit White with 19 inch black gloss alloy wheels, as well as an increased dark tint for the side and rear windows.

Captiva 7 Active HR RIt seems to becoming quite the trend amongst manufacturers to have all-white vehicles with such black accessories, or the Black Pack option as some Euro brands call it. There is also an Active badge on the rear tailgate to differentiate this Captiva from its LTZ and LT siblings.

The choice of colour and how it is applied, really can change the look and perception of a vehicle, although the $49,990 Active is based on the Captiva 7 LTZ fitted with the 3-Litre V6 SIDI engine and six-speed automatic transmission, it has a few aspects to its execution which further enhances its exclusivity.

Those include body coloured lower front and rear bumpers, and wheel arches. It may not sound like much but it really does give the ageing Captiva 7 far more road presence than the standard LT or LTZ with their dark-coloured plastic items.

Despite being exactly the same height as the LTZ, because of the monochromatic look, the Active appears lower to the ground, and the side step fitted also looks a lot more integrated into the body design.

Inside the cabin there are moulded floor mats embossed with the Active brand and the leather upholstery includes Active brand embossed front head rests.

Other features in the Active include Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming USB input with full iPod connectivity Touch screen 7″ multifunction colour display with integrated satellite navigation and a rear view camera.

Occupants also enjoy dual zone electronic climate controlled air-conditioning. There’s also eight-way electric adjustment of driver’s seat, as well as heater controls for the two front seats.

The setting for the heated seat is simply off or on, but it certainly warms up quickly, and people with back problems will welcome the additional comfort on a chilly day.

The Captiva 7 Active also offers passive entry, and keyless start, thanks to a proximity sensor key.

What hasn’t changed about the Active, thankfully, is its family friendly ability to transport up to 7 people in comfort, and their luggage as well.

Managing a president’s grade rugby team means I often transport up to 6 people at one time plus a mountain of gear, including a 96 litre chilly bin, team kit, and equipment.

There was no drama in loading up the Active with said 6 blokes, chilly bin and gear bags, it shrugged off any question of underperformance too, the 3-litre V6 SIDI engine has more than enough power to move briskly along even when fully laden.

Its four-wheel-drive capability was also welcomed as the rugby club car park was full and we ended up parking off street in wet paddock, while others slithered around and got bogged down, the Active simply soldiered on.

Also available in Carbon Flash Black or Nitrate Silver with contrasting gloss black or gunmetal grey rims (depending on body colour) there are only 39 units of 2014 Captiva 7 Active left in stock nationally according to Holden New Zealand, so if you have one on the shopping list, we’d suggest you need to get Active quick smart, and visit  your local dealer.

Read an earlier Holden Captiva 7 review by Darren Cottingham HERE: http://www.carandsuv.co.nz/articles/holden-captiva-7-lx-2012-road-test

 

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