The Captiva scores very well for a number of criteria but more so for the value for money it brings to the SUV sector. Some models of this vehicle also get seven seats, though the rear two are probably only suitable for children, and there's lots of equipment fitted as standard in what is a spacious cabin. One of the real attraction for owning a Captiva is its list of equipment and the firm has fitted as standard things like air con, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels and daytime running lights.
Higher spec models include full leather heated seats, roof rails, headlight washers and automatic windscreen wipers and headlights. The Chevrolet Captiva is a very impressive product from this carmaker and it's certainly better after its revamp than the model it replaced. There's only one choice of engine, a 2.2 diesel, which will return economy of around 45 mpg on the combined cycle which is quite good for the size and weight of the car. However, opt for the automatic gearbox and economy will drop to around 36 mpg. The entry-level version, the VCDi will reach 0 to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds while the LT Z version, which has four-wheel-drive, will do the same test in 9.7 seconds.
There's also useful five year warranty from Chevrolet on its Captiva which underlines its commitment to building a quality and reliable vehicle. There's plenty of space on board, and in the five seat version the boot space is 465litres but with the rear seats folded flat, that expands to 1,565 litres. With seven seats installed, the boot space comes very small indeed but the rear two seats are easily and quickly folded down to create more boot space. The interior is well-designed and practical, and it's safe to drive as well having scored full marks in the Euro NCAP crash tests. To help the driver keep control of what is a large vehicle, Chevrolet have added electronic stability and traction control, hill start assist as well as hill descent control.
Why not have a look at the Captiva on the official Chevrolet UK company web site and get the latest news about the Captiva in the UK at The UK Chevrolet Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Captiva on the Top Gear web site.
The steering is light and precise though the four-wheel-drive offers better road grip and it performs fairly well off-road. Because it is an SUV, it has soft suspension which makes smooth out even the bumpiest of roads though there is some body roll in tight corners. Essentially, the Chevrolet Captiva is a lot of car for the money, particularly in the seven-seater variant and its practicality means it is a useful vehicle for families and it has reasonable performance.
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ATTITUDE APPLIED: Chevrolet's seven-seater SUV always was solid value but the latest round of improvements have turned it into a more appealing all-rounder. Jonathan Crouch reports.