I could have called this post “Holden on to Captivating memories of an Amazing weekend” – but that would be LAME. So I didn’t.
Recently, my car needed to go on a little holiday so I contacted the lovely people at Holden Australia and said “hey, wassup? can you give me a car?” and they said “sure, why not?”. So I rocked on up to their office in Port Melbourne and drove off with the Captiva 7. As you do.
I thought I should write about it, since they were nice enough to let me use the car. But writing about the kinder drop offs and pick ups is a bit boring yeah? Even though I read an article once about mums that felt ashamed of their cars when they did the school run. Those people are stupid – which is pretty easy to say when you are putting the kids into the flashest car in the kinder car park. hehe. Not that I will now park the Suzuki around the corner to avoid the shame of not having the Captiva anymore, because walking is less fun than having an ugly car. Anyway,.. I said I wasn’t going to write about the boring kinder run.
The Holden Captiva 7 has seven seats. I only have four people in my little family so we invited my husband’s sister and her husband out for the day to make the most of it.
With the dvd players strapped to the seats and the kids strapped to the car we set off for the Tangled Maze and Mini Golf in Creswick. The built in GPS on the large touch screen was very helpful. The annoying voice can be silenced easily and the step by step directions still clear with a glance.
There’s not a lot of room with six people in the car, but everyone was comfortable and there is a roof rack if we had have needed to take luggage.
Without the back row in use, there is plenty of room for luggage, grocery shopping or even an impromptu fish and chip picnic shelter on Fathers’ Day. With both rows folded down there is enough room to carry a 1.2 metre dolls house and still have room for other stuff.
The centre console has plenty of space for stuff with an added secret compartment under the drink holders. The drink holders have little grabby bits that hold on to your drink so you don’t spill it when going off-road and over jumps. Not that I fully tested that feature.
There was an off-road moment when we tried to find a picnic spot down a forest road and ended up in some mud. Not a good picnic area on closer inspection. It gave the Captiva a nice coating of proper mud which looks pretty good on an SUV actually. The Suzuki would not have handled that forest road at all. The Suzuki would still be there, stuck in the mud I imagine. Then again, I wouldn’t have attempted that road in my car.
The car is packed full of features and the heated seats on a cold winter morning would probably be my favourite. The car is low enough so that I didn’t need a step to get up into it, but still high enough that I could see over all the traffic on the road, which is another favourite. Reverse camera and beeping parking assist also very helpful. My son loved the car. He talked about how great it smelt every time he got in it and the first day without it, he cried because he missed it. I think he’s a car man.
Anyway – back to our weekend maze adventure. It was awesome. The hedge maze and mini golf was the most fun we’ve had in ages. The maze includes a cryptic scavenger hunt quiz with a lolly snake prize at the end. The mini golf is as insane as expected with two kids of my kids’ age. I got two holes in one and a couple of holes took 17 hits before I gave up on the stupid astro-turf mounds. The kids loved it.
I’ve talked enough, here’s some photos.
Disclaimer: Holden Australia let me drive the Captiva 7 around for two weeks. All opinions are my own and no payment was received for this post. Tangled maze in Creswick was fun so I wrote about it. I didn’t ask for, or expect a freebie. I write about stuff I like.