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    Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    https://practicalmotoring.com.au/car...nox-ls-review/

    Not exactly glowing - although they did test the 1.5L instead of the 2.0.

    Their conclusion:

    'Holden is trying, that’s obvious. But there’s only so much its engineering team can do to fix what’s clearly a lacklustre chassis and the interior trim is drab to say the least. The active safety features on the LS+, particularly the safety alert driver’s seat are excellent and the price is pretty good. But, as a competitor in this segment, unfortunately, the Equinox with its 1.5L engine is a back marker.'
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    We dropped in to look at one on Wednesday. My wife couldn't get past the shape of the rear window. ? It looks OK, but yes, the interior on the LT we looked at is not as good as similarly priced Sportage. The LT is the cheapest option for the 2.0 turbo but is fwd only. The Escape 2.0 is AWD and a couple grand cheaper. It's a tough segment and the equinox should be starting well ahead of competitors who've already been on the market 2-4 years. I'll drive it first, but initial thoughts aren't great.
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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    I had a walk around one on NYD and was less than impressed. Mick's wife has the same opinion of the rear as me. It look like a poorly executed (design that is) Territory. The finish and panel fit was really good on the one on display. Didn't get to look closely inside though.

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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Even here, the Equinox falls far short of its predecessor

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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    A mate wanted one as an upgrade for his wife's Captiva 5 but wasn't to impressed by the interior and look of it plus the lack of diesel option at the moment was a downside, ended up getting a great deal diesel sportage and loves it so much his missus has to fight him for the keys.
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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Quote Originally Posted by kts3502.0 View Post
    A mate wanted one as an upgrade for his wife's Captiva 5 but wasn't to impressed by the interior and look of it plus the lack of diesel option at the moment was a downside, ended up getting a great deal diesel sportage and loves it so much his missus has to fight him for the keys.
    The GMC Accadia is a more appropriate replacement for last Gen Equinox

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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    https://practicalmotoring.com.au/car...nox-ls-review/

    Not exactly glowing - although they did test the 1.5L instead of the 2.0.

    Their conclusion:

    'Holden is trying, that’s obvious. But there’s only so much its engineering team can do to fix what’s clearly a lacklustre chassis and the interior trim is drab to say the least. The active safety features on the LS+, particularly the safety alert driver’s seat are excellent and the price is pretty good. But, as a competitor in this segment, unfortunately, the Equinox with its 1.5L engine is a back marker.'
    Why don't you post any of the many positive reviews?

    Interstingly, it seems Holden will only offer the black interior colour, no kona brown or tan colour that's available in the US, which of course makes the interior look non-premium and rather boring. A self inflicted wound perhaps!

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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    The GMC Acadia is a more appropriate replacement for last Gen Equinox
    Outside of the $10,000~15,000 price premium; (compared to the last Gen Equinox) sure!
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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    Outside of the $10,000~15,000 price premium; (compared to the last Gen Equinox) sure!
    I meant in practical terms.

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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    I meant in practical terms.
    Got it! - However, I doubt many will find the significant price difference (increase) practical..........

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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    Got it! - However, I doubt many will find the significant price difference (increase) practical..........

    True, There is always the cheaper Asian alternatives especially for Ausies...



    This is one I might actually consider when my Equinox starts giving me issues. Its still in stella condition so, I think I have another 5 years or so, therefore GMC might have redesigned the Accadia once again into something else...
    There is also the Explorer which I think in platinum form easily outclasses most expensive imports... Its a good replacement for the old Equinox/Edge


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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

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    Why don't you post any of the many positive reviews?

    Interstingly, it seems Holden will only offer the black interior colour, no kona brown or tan colour that's available in the US, which of course makes the interior look non-premium and rather boring. A self inflicted wound perhaps!
    Mainly because there aren't any. There are a few fluffy ones from the initial release drive, but if you read them they are mostly quotes from Holden or they haven't really had a chance to drive one. There aren't any other actual test drives.

    Happy to be proved wrong though if you can find one.

    Either the motoring journalists are all still on summer holidays or they don't really seem interested.
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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    Mainly because there aren't any. There are a few fluffy ones from the initial release drive, but if you read them they are mostly quotes from Holden or they haven't really had a chance to drive one. There aren't any other actual test drives.

    Happy to be proved wrong though if you can find one.

    Either the motoring journalists are all still on summer holidays or they don't really seem interested.
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    Re: Practical Motoring Holden Equinox Review

    I thought I would check the luggage capacity of the Equinox. It is 846 litres whereas my wagon has 1254 litres - that is larger than I thought.The capacity with seats down in the Falcon is 2584 litres versus 1798 litres. Looks like I may have to look for a used Range Rover or Land Cruiser if I want similar capacity but maybe it would just
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinamonty View Post
    I thought I would check the luggage capacity of the Equinox. It is 846 litres whereas my wagon has 1254 litres - that is larger than I thought.The capacity with seats down in the Falcon is 2584 litres versus 1798 litres. Looks like I may have to look for a used Range Rover or Land Cruiser if I want similar capacity but maybe it would just
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