Chevrolet Captiva review (2011 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Chevrolet Captiva

review onwards)

What – Captiva

Where –

Price – from

Available – May

Summary Chevrolet’s new Captiva majors on style and value for money

We – versatile and spacious strong engines; smooth

We don’t like – gearchange; higher-spec cars auto gearbox, seven and four-wheel-drive not available with diesel

Here is a Chevy you won’t just drive to the but also the Alps, across the and over the dunes. Its name is the and it is the new version of Chevrolet’s four-wheel-drive

Chevrolet is famous for many from the brawny Corvette to the Camaro, but you probably didn’t that Chevrolet claims it the SUV back in 1935 with the Suburban Carryall.

Fast forward 76 years and in Austria testing the latest Chevrolet on the sort of snow-covered roads where ski-loving head in their posh

Question is, should they this new Captiva a look the time comes to buy another car that’s as at home on the ski run as it is on the school Let’s find out.

common sense prevailed and UK ditched the 2.4 and 3.0-litre petrols, the 2.2-litre turbodiesel only.

But the isn’t as limited as you think. You can from 163hp or 184hp outputs. The 163hp model is available with the entry-level LS and in front-wheel-drive at £21,995.

The performance is from this six-speed version and it isn’t much to accelerate up to the speed limit. it is less refined and not as flexible as the car, producing more noise under acceleration and a downchange to climb hills.

The 184hp motor will be the one to go for if you can it. The range starts at £27,695 in addition to the extra flexibility and performance, the additional power is an when the car is loaded with and bags, plus you get four-wheel-drive as

You can also spec the automatic with this version, hampers the performance but means you have to contend with the six-speed manual.

Ride and

Does the Chevrolet Captiva up to the ‘S’ in its Sports Utility billing? Not really, is the short

It handles well, has the grip of an arm and when driven smoothly roll too much, but I’d be if I said it was fun to drive.

The steering sharp and lacks feedback, and if you a corner too quickly, the car will over on to its suspension creating a experience for passengers.

However, it very well and does a job of shielding the cabin from and bumps, and in normal driving 100% of the power is directed to the wheels, the rears only in when they sense a of traction, for a smoother drive.

Chevrolet Captiva

If you to tackle the slopes in a Captiva, a of a button will enable the descent control, which superbly by automatically slowing the car the driver touching the brake Pulling away on gradients is relaxed, with a hill system that prevents the car rolling back.

Inside, the Captiva is vast. You can have a seven seat with seats that out of the boot floor, though are best for kids only.

The offers up to 1,577-litres of luggage with the second and third row flat. Up front, the cabin airy and spacious, the electronic brake freeing up valuable space and lending a premium to the car.

The quality of the fixtures and is equally remarkable. The materials soft, the buttons sturdy and the generally shine-free.

Kit levels are superb and you get many as standard you would normally pay for on an Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

All cars get Bluetooth and power-folding mirrors, driver’s seat, air-con and alloys, while the higher levels offer seven and four-wheel-drive as standard, as well as control and parking sensors. trim, sat-nav and heated are fitted to the flagship model.

Buy the powerful seven-seat Captiva four-wheel-drive and a manual gearbox and you can to see 42.8mpg between visits to the

Choose the automatic and this to 36.6mpg while the lower-powered, version achieves the best of the lot with 44.1mpg.

Carbon are good across the range at 170g/km and rising to 203g/km. means company car driver tax start at £94 a month for a 20% tax payer in the car and rise to £333 a month for a 40% tax in the most expensive Captiva.

The MSN Cars’ verdict

To get into the Captiva, that is a seven-seater four-wheel-drive and an automatic gearbox, need to spend £29,245.

a lot for a car that doesn’t carry a badge. However, compared to it offers great value for with a large cabin, for seven, go-anywhere possibilities and a of options that would set you thousands on something German.

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