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.
Chevrolet CAPTIVA 4x4 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.
Chevrolet CAPTIVA 4x4 refinement
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.