Great car - very spacious. Good on diesel. Selling to upgrade.
It gets there...
Versatile, chunky looks, well made
No EPS for 5 seater
Ride on bad road
Curious spec combos
Not cheap, drab handling, image
Based on the Opel Antara's platform, the new Captiva is a beefy and muscular looking SUV that certainly isn't short of attitude. It's easily Chevrolet's best looking machine and squares up very favourably with the likes of the Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V.
The Captiva diesel offers competitive acceleration times (0-100km/h in 12.2 seconds), a reasonable top speed (179km/h) and acceptable economy figures (7.6L/100km) and is just about to the job of hauling the hefty Chevy along. The 2.4 petrols is strained and best avoided.
Driving the Captiva feels a lot like driving a SUV from about 5 or 6 years ago. The ride is good but the steering is slow, over-assisted and larely numb and it rolls too much, too. It's competent but not confidence inspiring like, say, a Sante Fe or Mistubishi Outlander.
The cabin is largely functional with very few design flourishes or neat touches. Climate controlled models have the same messy and overworked secondary display while the too-large steering and cheesy GM stereo do it no favours either.
Like the Epica, the Captiva represents a new era of quality for Chevrolet. The materials and the minor controls could still be a little better but it's extremely solidly built and reasonably refined on the move, though it doesn't cope well with poor roads.
Chevrolet has fitted the Captiva with six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, but ESP and parking sensors are only standard on 7-seat models and are not even optional on 5-seat versions. No NCAP score yet.
When it comes to versatility, the Chevrolet got the Captiva spot on with its large comfy seats, decent space and rearmost seats that are simple to erect or stow. It offers acceptable space for knick-knacks also but the boot is tiny in 7-seat mode.
The basic 5-seat and petrol Captivas are best avoided - the 7-seater diesel is the only way to go. At €41k, however, it's not cheap but is at least as versatile as the Mistubishi Outlander. Running costs will average, but will residual values?
All have 6 airbags, electric windows, remote locks, A/C and 16-inch alloy wheels (ESP on 7 seat models). The LT adds a telescoping steering wheel, climate and cruise control, park aids and 17-inch alloys. Auto LT gets CD changer, 18-inch alloys and leather.
Forget the 136/220Nm 2.4 petrol and go for the 124hp/295Nm 2.0 turbo diesel instead. It's cheaper to run and copes with the Captiva's weight much better anyway. The manual is much preferable to the old-fashioned auto, too.