Chevrolet Captiva Review | Cars | CNET UK

5 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Chevrolet Captiva Review | Cars | CNET UK
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Chevrolet invented the sports utility when it launched the Suburban in 1935. Since then, blessed the world with a of all-purpose, four-wheel-drive vehicles, the of which is the Captiva, a seven-seater SUV geared more towards your nearest and dearest their daily lives pounding around off the beaten

Our test model is the high-end LTZ which starts from The range starts at £19,570.


If the Captiva looks that’s because you’ve seen it before with a Antara badge on the bonnet. yet another feat of badge on Chevrolet’s part, but that’s no bad as the Antara was always a relatively beast, and the same can be said of new Captiva, which features a tweaked front and rear for

The car ‘s insides are relatively too. The seating position is so both driver and front have a good view of the ahead. There’s plenty of for three behind the driver, and the has a pair of seats that up from the floor.

Sadly, squeezing the gap between the middle and rear requires the flexibility of a well-oiled gymnast, so those forced to use the seats will have some very short

The Captiva offers three of seats, but squeezing into the row is a struggle if you’re not a sprog. 

an impressive 465 litres of room in the but be warned that this to a pretty miniscule 85 litres if the row of seats is in use. If you’re on a long road trip six of your friends and family, need to ensure everybody light.

Through the keyhole

The Captiva’s cockpit is a pleasant place to put feet up and engage in some fondling. Our range-topping LTZ model two information displays — a touchscreen providing access to the and trip settings, and, that, a smaller LCD strip to showing you what’s going on the car’s audio system.

The features a set of hard-wired buttons it, which allow the user to quickly between the sat-nav and the computer, and to adjust the brightness of the The buttons feel fairly but their presence is welcome, as allow you to dart from to function with ease.

The is pretty good, too. some rival systems, it the user to enter full UK postcodes, eliminating the need to lengthy street names. It has a decent library of points of — restaurants, parking hotels and so on — so you can find near your intended or current location.

There’s even an option to to specific latitudes and longitudes, you fancy venturing off the beaten

Prime time 

Captiva will probably find ferrying plenty of easily young passengers, so it’s as well that the car comes a pretty decent entertainment The most impressive part of the is the central touchscreen’s ability to back video via an SD card on the dashboard. Sadly, the number of codecs it accepts is extremely — we didn’t manage to get any of our AVIs to work.

Be prepared to spend hours your existing files the appropriate format before you set off on a road trip.

Chevrolet Captiva

If you can’t get to work, then fret as the Captiva plays audio a host of sources. It’ll blare tracks out via USB and SD cards, as as CD, FM and AM radio. Most impressive of perhaps, is the fact it’ll allow you to wirelessly stream from an MP3 player or mobile via Bluetooth A2DP.

The sat-nav seven-digit UK postcodes, so you don’t to enter lengthy street

It’s not all good news, The speakers in the Captiva are fairly the FM radio reception in our test was occasionally rather poor even in built-up areas and there’s no option for a DAB radio which could prove when the UK migrates from FM to audio radio broadcasts.

Road warrior

The Captiva is decent to drive. Its seats barring those at the rear are comfortable, the driving position is and it’s pleasant to pilot it both suburban roads and the Its handling is predictable, even if hard, while its brakes are and reassuring, even in emergency

The 2.2-litre diesel engine with the optional automatic in our test car provided plenty of and a relatively decent 0-60mph of 10 seconds.

The Captiva meets the 5 standards for emissions, and it’s and cheap to run for a vehicle of its size. Our car spewed CO2 at a rate of 203g per and achieved a combined fuel figure of 36.6mpg.

Those keen to reduce costs and emissions will be off opting for the manual transmission, reduces CO2 output to 174g/km, combined fuel economy to and, as a bonus, reduces the time to 9.3 seconds.


The Captiva holds no surprises, but a solid all-rounder. It offers driving dynamics, plenty of and comes with enough to keep the kids quiet on journeys.

It faces stiff from cheaper and arguably desirable seven-seaters, such as the Qashqai. but the Captiva holds its own in respects.

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