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BabyDrive Verdict

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I previously tested the Holden Equinox in early 2018 and thought it was a great family SUV, so I was eager to get my hands on the latest 2019 model and this time make a video. Let's see how we went…

The 2019 Holden Equinox is a good looking family SUV and thankfully still a great fun car to drive. Unfortunately, Holden hasn't fixed the inability to turn off the auto engine cut-out, which is disappointing as it is really disturbing for little passengers each time you stop at a junction or lights.

The Equinox has ISOFix attachments in the outer rear seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three seatbacks. I could fit two child seats in the back of the Holden Equinox and they were nice and easy to install.

Legroom is very good in the Equinox and a 182cm driver could sit in front of a rear-facing child seat.

Visibility is great in the Equinox, even with the two child seats installed, the windows are deep and wide, and both front and rear passengers get lots of light with a good view out from the higher seating position.

Storage in the front and back of the Equinox is good, all door bins will hold a large refillable water bottle, and there are two good size cup holders in the front and back. The glove box, central console storage box and map pockets are all practical in size and there is a wireless phone charging well in front of the gear lever along with USB, AUX and a 12V sockets.

Boot space is good in the Equinox, holding 12 shopping bags when empty. However, this is low compared to its competitors, the Nissan X-Trail that holds 14 shopping bags and the Mitsubishi LS Outlander and Subaru Forester which both hold 15 shopping bags.

All sizes of strollers and prams fitted in the boot with a good amount of shopping too.

The media system in the Holden Equinox is simple to navigate and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well.

The Equinox is a beepy car; if you start the engine without your seatbelt on it beeps a very loud and shrill beep until you fasten it, which my daughter and I found really disturbing.

Thankfully the reversing sensors are vibrations in the driver's seat instead of a beeping alarm which is great for parents so as not to disturb little passengers or frazzled parents! I wish more alarms were vibrations instead. The camera image fills the whole screen which is good.

The interior of the Equinox is quite simple and nicely styled. It makes a very easy to use and enjoyable BabyDrive.

The Holden Equinox scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 so it has not had Child Occupant Protection testing.

The Holden Equinox comes with six airbags as standard, dual frontal and side airbags in the front, and curtain airbags covering the front and second-row outer passengers.


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