Chevrolet Captiva Review

  October 23, 2013


In a bid to seize a mammoth's share of the SUV market and steer buyers into its showrooms, General Motors has launched a heavily face-lifted version of the original Captiva - the all-Chevrolet Captiva that delivers more power, more luxury and a lot more attitude. This dominating, dynamic, sporty SUV retains the punch-packed engine, stunning looks and spacious well built interiors of its forerunner, but gets a new bumper, double decker split grille, improved tail-lights and redesigned headlights. Apart from a fresh exterior, Captiva also prides itself on its upgraded opulent and stylish interiors and comes with impressive chassis modifications. Designed to "tame every terrain", this power-packed, stylishly rugged SUV is as much a delight to ride on roads as much as off it. Available in three different variants - Chevrolet Captiva LT (base model), Chevrolet Captiva Xtreme (second variant) and Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 LTZ AWD (top variant), Chevrolet Captiva comes with 2 engine and 2 transmission options. Chevrolet Captiva is available in three striking shades of Switchblade Silver, Pearl White and Carbon Flash.

Powertrain & Performance

The Chevrolet Captiva has undergone the most significant changes under its clear-cut bonnet. All the variants of Chevrolet Captiva come armed with 4 powerful Next Generation Variable Geometry Turbo Common Rail Direct injection (VCDi) diesel engine. Chevrolet Captiva LT and Chevrolet Captiva Xtreme are equipped with 2.0 litre engine that delivers an adrenaline pumping power of 147.94 bhp @ 4000 rpm while the Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) system delivers a handsome torque of 320 Nm @ 2000 rpm for a smooth ride. Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 LTZ AWD come with 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine that mills a jaw-dropping power of 183.94 bhp @ 3800 rpm and a whopping torque of 424 Nm @ 2000 rpm. Chevrolet Captiva LT and Chevrolet Captiva Xtreme are endowed with 5-speed manual transmission while the premium model of Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 LTZ AWD features an awesome 6-speed automatic transmission. Together, they make Captiva one of the sturdiest, purposeful and fuel efficient SUV in the market that delivers an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy. The smooth turbine operation enables complete combustion for significantly reduced exhaust emissions. Carbon fiber synchromesh makes shifting into high gear particularly easy and quiet. But that's not all. All the variants of Chevrolet Captiva have been endowed with the revolutionary Self Leveling Suspension Technology. The front McPherson Strut with Twin Tube Gas Pressure Strut and rear Multi Link, Level Ride with Twin Tube Gas Pressure Strut are engineered to keep the car stable, no matter what the load. The Front Wheel Side Load Spring, Independent Multi-link Rear Wheel Suspension and ground hugging tyres absorb ground noise and vibration, thereby offering the driver optimum handling and ride comfort.

Build & Styling

On road or off it, the beastly Chevrolet Captiva is an absolute head-turner all the way! Stylish to the fore, this SUV exudes style. Twin rear tailpipe with chrome tip, stylish stainless steel door sill plates, chrome grip type door handles, silver painted skid plates and satin silver roof rails are standard in all the variants. However, the top end of Captiva comes with added features like electric sunroof, new front dual port grille with chrome surround, jeweled projection headlamps and chrome beltline molding.

Chevrolet Captiva is almost synonymous to comfort. Stylish, easy and effortless - the interiors of Captiva will truly floor you. Though boasting of 5+2 flexi seating, tilt adjustable front seat headrest, split double folding 2nd row seats with recline function, split collapsible 3rd row seats with automatic fold down headrests, automatic fold down headrests, rear armrest with storage box, leather upholstery, leather wrapped gear knob and steering wheel and silver painted speaker grill as standard interior options, Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 LTZ AWD packs in a gamut of other extra features like premium black interiors (seats & IP), driver infotainment system, illuminated key - hole standard, power outlet in second & third row, silver finish on centre console, IP upper box with lid, cigarette lighter and front dual reading lamps.

Plus, Chevrolet Captiva packs in a slew of safety and comfort features like Antilock Braking System with Electronic Break Force Distribution, driver seatbelt warning, dual front airbags, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, tilt adjustable steering, automatic level ride suspension, height adjustable front seatbelts and more so that you can sit back and enjoy your drive. To make your drive all the more comfortable, the top end of Chevrolet Captiva stars 6 airbags, rear defogger, all 4 ventilated disc brakes, electric parking brake, rear parking sensors, telescopic steering column, printed antenna and several other impressive features.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Powerful engine
    • Better quality and finish
    • All-wheel drive (top variant)
  • Cons

    • Captiva is available only in diesel model