The increased car sales in Europe and United States especially the compact SUV segment makes Chevrolet – one of the largest cars and vehicles manufacture in the world – see an enormous market opportunity.
This increase is driven by the change of mindset of most people who used to love the family car which is able to accommodate a lot of innate capacity towards the car convenient and versatility.
This is one characteristic of a car SUV, in addition, its features abundant and spacy cabin, good handling, comfortable as sedan, and also supported with powerful engine.
In Europe market, the Chevrolet Captiva was first present in 2007 with a 2.4 liter gasoline engine variant with manual transmission. Then after some months later, Chevrolet also introducing Captiva with automatic transmission variant.
After hearing many good feedbacks from consumers, Chevrolet in 2008 also introducing an additional Captiva variant with more powerful diesel engine, supported with 2.0 litre VCDi automatic transmission. Some of the features its carries, Chevrolet has been upgraded interior displays to make its cabin looks more elegant.
Shortly after the release of Captiva diesel-engined, Chevrolet come to strike back SUV markets by presenting Captiva Diesel four wheel drive or better known as AWD (all wheel drive).
Captiva diesel AWD was the last variant of the type from Captiva non-facelift. In 2011, Chevrolet introduces new generation Captiva facelifted version, which is having more significant changes to the exterior, interior and engine performances.
The Exterior Of The Chevrolet Captiva
From the outside Chevrolet Captiva looks sporty, tough, sturdy and masculine similar to its closest competitors, Honda CRV 3rd generation, but certainly with difference sizes.
Honda CRV 3rd generation has a shorter and less height if its compared to the Chevrolet Captiva which is having a larger size. Captiva pre-facelift version, has used tapered and rounded main lights.
While the exterior of the facelifted Captiva, its carry a large grill and bumper stressing the sporty accents. The headlights has redesigned and its use halogen lamp. The display extends to the rear fascia. Overall, the outward appearance of the facelifted Chevrolet Captiva looks like typical American typical cars.
The Interior Of The Chevrolet Captiva
Chevrolet Captiva brings the interior that provided a wide range of attractive features, such as a storage area, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls and the presence of a third-row seat.
But unfortunately, on the pre-facelift version on the center console are not yet equipped with LCD screens like the facelifted version. Instead, the seat is filled by a set of tape and the lower added storage of coins.
Chevrolet Captiva facelifted version still carried identical interior designs. The most perceptible difference to the version pre-facelift is the MID as has been mentioned above – its have LCD display.
But the upgraded Captiva still considered having less features, since the standard quality interior materials – mostly plastics which is vulnerable to scratches.
For those of you whom having high standard in mind, you will probably assess this car far from the impression of luxury, because wood panel option is not presented in this variant – even on Captiva Prime which is the highest and most expensive type. In addition, air conditioner ventilation only exists at the front of the dashboard.
Chevrolet Captiva Engine Performance
On the pre-facelift version, Captiva is equipped by 2.4 litre DOHC petrol engine which is able to produce power up to 141 HP at 5000 RPM and peak torque of 212 Nm at 2200-4000 RPM.
As for the diesel turbo engine 2.0 liter SOHC common rail capable of producing power up to 152 HP at 4000 RPM and engine peak torque of 310 Nm at 2000 RPM. Diesel engines were also used on AWD version which was launched in 2009.
Some of the facts mentioned the second version of facelift is still using the same engine capacity as its predecessor, but the technology has been brought up to date so that the energy produced by the second variant of the engine took part fuel consumption increase and become more efficient.
Impression and Handling Chevrolet Captiva
Although it has been treated with a powerful machine capable of both, but this is a major factor in the weakness of the Chevrolet Captiva pre-facelift.
This is due to the use of tires less suited – 17 inch alloy wheels wrapped with tires size 215/70. So the car often swaying when you do a manoeuvre. But this tires profiles has been corrected in the facelift version – which use tires 235/60 which makes becoming more stable during manoeuvre.
Specifications Of Chevrolet Captiva
- Engine: 2.4-liter gasoline DOHC and SOHC turbodiesel 2.0 liters DOHC MPFI VVT
- Maximum power: 141 HP @ 5,000 RPM (gasoline), 152 HP @ 4,000 RPM (diesel)
- Peak torque: 212 Nm @ 4000 RPM-2,200 (petrol), 310 Nm @ 2000 RPM (diesel)
- Gasoline FUEL consumption: 7-8 km/L (in the city), 9-11 km/L (out of town)
- Diesel FUEL consumption: 9-10 km/L (in the city), 11-13 km/L (out of town)
- Transmission: 6-speed manual, six-speed automatic
- Suspension: independent Front McPherson strut, rear torsion beam
- Rival: Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail T31, Mazda CX-7, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Honda CRV
- Year of sale: 2007-2015.
The Price Of A Used Chevrolet Captiva
Captiva pre-facelift former gasoline engines in 2007 to 2010 on sale at a ~12.000 USD, while the diesel-engined for the same year is usually more expensive. This is because the number of consumers who choose a diesel variant of the selling price so more survive from the petrol engine variants.
Pros Of Chevrolet Captiva
- Responsive power (diesel engine)
- Efficient fuel consumption (except for the gasoline engine)
- Roomy second row legroom
- AWD is awesome!
- Great torque for both type
- Minimal engine vibration
- Lots of storage space
Cons Of Chevrolet Captiva
- The cabin’s less ergonomic
- Harsh suspension
- Standard quality of the interiors
- The wide tire profile
- Bad breaking system
- Expensive spare parts and expensive maintenance costs
- Third row seat cramped, only suite for children
Chevrolet Captiva is a wise choice for those of you who like a big torque kicks. Its use is very suitable in the cities that is often suffered by traffic jams.