Fact file: Chevrolet Captiva
Chevrolet's full-blooded sports SUV
- Segment: SUV
- In the model range since: Spring 2011
Chevrolet's offering in the SUV segment, the Captiva, is not only one of the most powerful compact seven-seater SUVs in the market but also one of the safest. Following rigorous testing by the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), the Captiva was awarded the top five-star rating in 2011.
The Captiva offers a lot of SUV for its price: an elegant sporty design, powerful, yet efficient engines, all-wheel drive capability, roominess, and versatility for up to seven passengers or up to 942 liters of luggage space.
Chevrolet's full-blooded sports SUV exudes confidence with its dynamic styling and active on-demand all-wheel drive system that distributes power where needed. Captiva offers adaptable, theater-style seating in three rows which comfortably accommodates up to seven passengers. Among the convenience features on upper trims are keyless entry and start as well as leather seats, and a dual zone climate system.
A number of key design features are immediately noticeable in the front of the car: the sharply sculptured hood, a large grille with its dual-opening and the Chevrolet bow-tie sited proudly in the middle, as well as the prism style headlamps and integrated LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors, all of which add up to the Captiva’s athletic stance.
The side air-vents on the front fenders take on an angular shape that emphasizes the Captiva's sporting intent, highlighting the car's handsome profile, characterized by a sleek, rising shoulder line all the way from the A pillar back.
The engine line-up comprises two gasoline engines (2.4L and 3.0L) and two 2.2L turbo-diesel variants that incorporate a host of advanced technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy.
With the introduction of a 3.0L 258 hp V6 gasoline engine with direct injection and variable valve timing, the Captiva has become one of the most powerful compact SUVs on the market. The 2.2L common-rail turbo-charged diesel unit is available with outputs of either 163 or 184 hp. Start/Stop is a standard feature on manual transmission variants of this engine.
Rounding off the line-up is the 2.4L dual overhead cam gasoline engine with variable valve timing, rated at 171 hp. Both the 2.2L turbo-diesels as well as the 2.4L gasoline engine can be ordered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
With Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Braking Assist System (BAS) all standard, as well as front, side and curtain airbags, the Captiva provides a high level of safety. Additionally, the Captiva features Hill Start Assist (HSA), eliminating roll-back on hills, and an electric park brake.
Climbing aboard the Captiva, driver and passengers are welcomed by an airy and spacious interior, with storage space that is among best in class and the option of either five or seven seats. The Captiva's upgraded interior features Chevrolet ice-blue back-lighting and contributes to the vehicle’s up-market feel and look.
The audio system includes AUX-in, USB-port and Bluetooth connectivity. The Captiva can be ordered with a touch-screen navigation system with rear view camera park assistance.
Status: May 2013