Chevrolet Captiva 4x4 full 9 point review
The Captiva is available with a choice of two 2.2-litre diesel engines, producing either 161bhp or 181bhp. The latter feels reasonably brisk once you put some revs on, but a hesitant turbocharger means the initial pickup is sluggish. We haven’t yet driven the entry-level 161bhp version.
Ride & Handling
The Captiva’s soft suspension is good at soaking up urban potholes. Unfortunately, the ride becomes bouncy on faster roads, and there’s a lot of body lean in bends. The steering doesn’t inspire much confidence because it feels detached and overly light.
The engine transmits a lot of noise and vibration into the Captiva’s cabin, plus there’s quite bit of road noise at motorway speeds. The manual gearbox is notchy, and while the automatic provides a slicker alternative, it hampers the already sluggish performance.
Buying & Owning
The entry-level model is reasonably priced. However, the seven-seat versions that you’ll actually want cost silly money. Resale values won’t be great, either, and the Captiva is dirty and inefficient compared with most rivals.
Quality & Reliability
The cabin looks very dated, plus it has a low-rent feel because the plastics are hard and the controls lightweight. The Captiva wasn’t included in the 2012 JD Power customer satisfaction survey, but Chevrolet finished last in the manufacturer’s table.
Safety & Security
Whichever Captiva you go for, the standard safety kit includes stability control and six airbags. However, the curtain airbags cover only the front two rows of seating, not the third. Nevertheless, the car achieved a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP. On the security front, you’re provided with an alarm and immobiliser to keep thieves at bay.
Behind The Wheel
The Captiva's high-set driving position gives the king-of-the-road feel that many 4x4 fans love, but the thick window pillars at the back mean the view to the rear is limited. Likewise, there’s a decent range of seat and steering wheel adjustment, but the seats are short on thigh support. The cluttered dashboard is rather confusing.
Space & Practicality
Entry-level Captivas have five seats and a big boot. Stepping up the range brings you two more seats that pull up from the boot floor, and they don’t do too badly for head- and legroom. The middle row is split 50/50, as in the Orlando MPV, and drops down to leave a flat floor.
Entry-level LS cars come with alloys wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth and four electric windows. However, you have to upgrade to LT spec if you want parking sensors, the third row of seats and the more powerful engine – things you’ll probably want. LT cars also get climate control, cruise control, part-leather trim and auto lights and wipers, while the range-topping LTZ trim brings full leather, sat-nav and a reversing camera.