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Chevrolet Captiva
4/10

Overall
verdict

The Chevrolet Captiva is the best Chevy to grace UK shores so far. Sounds like damning with faint praise, but this is a relatively cheap little SUV with seven seats. Worth a look, surely?

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What is it?

The Captiva isn't as cheap as you'd expect from the Chevy badge, and the interior could be smarter. But it's one spacious bit of kit, and has one key advantage over its Vauxhall sibling - you can get it with seven seats. Even if they're only big enough for kids.

Driving

No permanent 4x4 (‘Haldex' clutch is front-drive until the wheels lose grip and then the rears push) and the base model is front-drive only, but the Captiva is tidy enough. There's plenty of safe understeer if you push too hard and the suspension copes well with the UK, even if it is a bit soft.

The revised suspension over the first-gen car - stiffer springs - does sharpen up the Captiva's road manners, but the ride isn't as relaxed as it should be for a car of this class.

The new 2.2-litre diesel replaces the old 148bhp 2.0-litre unit, available in 161bhp or 181bhp tune. The latter, complete with 295lb ft of torque, is enough to drop the 0-60mph time in 9.3 seconds, which is almost two seconds quicker than the old car.

On the inside

Superbly practical. Seven seats, masses of headroom. Worth noting that as with all seven-seat SUVs once that third row is in use, the bootspace drops from 465 litres to a teacup-sized 85 litres. So seven people or luggage, not both.

Can feel budget in the plastics, but this feels like a car to take on real life rather than ponce around in. Nothing to worry unduly about.

Owning

Used values are pretty rickety, but 42.8mpg combined isn't too shoddy at all.

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5/10 Chevrolet Captiva driven
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