The Chevrolet Captiva is a spacious, practical family SUV that comes with a five-year warranty.
It’s noisy and inefficient, the cabin feels cheap and dated, and the versions you’ll want are overpriced.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
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.