Review of Holden Equinox LTZ-V 2018
Forget the new year, this is the beginning of the all-new Holden. And 2018 may just be the most important year in the brand’s long history and archives.
The end of local manufacturing – carrying our in-house favorites – means that Holden is currently a mere importer, so they can no longer rely on any kind of patriotism. to change products associated with Lion.
We’ve won it again here (you can read all about it here), but suffice to say, Holden of tomorrow – successful or not – will not be recognizable from Holden of yesteryear.
But don’t worry, say (probably very worried) Holden, as having a ton of cool cars en route to Australia will keep interest in pumping the brand. And perhaps no one is more important than the new Equinox.
The American mid-size SUV (though built in Mexico) replaces the five-seat Captiva and will enter competition with some of Australia’s best and most popular cars (think Mazda CX-5). ). But if it can shine, it will mean some serious revenue for Holden.
And if it does not? Well, that does not bode well for GM’s Australian future. There is no pressure, then …
We spent a few weeks behind the wheel of the top LTZ-V model to see how it stacked up.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
It’s big but a bit bland, this Equinox, though the good news is it isn’t overly designed like some of its competitors in Japan (we’re looking at you, Toyota / Lexus), so it cuts reduce a simple and ignorant number on the path of inability to grow old.
However, it’s a simple touch for our tastes, and its side profile looks a bit like it was designed like a smaller car before a pop-out extension was added on the side. after. Up front, a tall and wide grille extends close to the edge of the bonnet, where it meets a pair of simple, square headlights that surround the side of the body. It’s a strong and masculine front end, and looks more premium than the car it replaces.
Inside, expect a sleek setup – if a little busy -, with leather seats and a thin steering wheel that feels lovely to touch – though it doesn’t have the high-class finish of some strong rivals. Best. The infotainment system dominates the landscape, of course, but it is a big unit, clear and simple to use.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
With a length of 4652mm, Equinox sided with a midsize SUV (e.g. the best-selling CX-5, stretching 4550mm, while Hyundai Tucson measures 4475mm) and thus can be expected to have a positive impact. to the cabin space.
At the front, the ultra-deep storage bins separating the two front seats are three times the width of my forearms, so you never feel overwhelmed by your passengers. The seat is also comfortable, and has two cupholders, along with power, two USB ports and an ‘auxiliary’ input and wireless charger large enough to fit a new, large phone.
Climb into the back, and the space is truly impressive. There is plenty of legroom and headroom, and two ISOFIX attachment points, each on each rear seat window. The back seat is separated by a pull-down divider, where two more cup holders and rear passengers also have vents, dual USB ports, and power.
The auto-open boot shows a huge amount of space (which, in my experience, is more than enough to pack for a family walk), with Holden requiring 846 liters with the rear seat, and 1798 liters with the cargo. The back seat is folded flat.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
At a price of $ 46,290 (plus $ 550 if you choose ‘prestigious paint’ – for example, our test car is gray in ‘Son of a Gun’), you won’t change much from 50 dollars when you book a road.
The good news, though, is that you can list the options and throw it out on a two-pane sunroof (and then, the point is well proven, pull over to collect your garbage and recycle it). a thoughtful way).
Honestly, you wouldn’t want anything in the top Equinox. Think of 19-inch alloys, electrically powered tailgate, wipers, roof rails, LED head and exterior tail lights, while inside you’ll get heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, Wireless phone charging (though you’ll need a special case for Apple products), leather seats and dual-zone climate control.
Tech is handled by the 8.0-inch touchscreen that Apple Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature and combines with Bose stereo. DAB + is also standard, as is navigation.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine provides too much thrust for Equinox to move, generating 188kW of power at 5500 rpm and 353Nm at 2500 rpm.