the handling and it shows. It goes around corners with less fuss than before. There is far less body roll in the corners, which means the kids are far less likely to get car sick. The base engine is a smooth unit and works well for much of the drive. It is underwhelming when you call on it to get up a hill or accelerate hard, but will do an adequate job for a base model. There is always the V6 petrol engine, although it is not a The pick of the engines is the 2.2-litre diesel, which has more low down pulling power than any of the petrol units. It seems best equipped to pull the Captiva, which isn’t a light car, and a full pack of kids and their gear, while also promising good fuel consumption. We only tested the automatic transmission but this is a good six-speed box that works well with the engines, unless put into Eco mode, in which case it shifts early and often and becomes quite frustrating. The practicality of the Captiva shouldn’t be overlooked and there is plenty of space to be used. The third row of seats are only for the little ones, but they are not bad for the class, while the ability to fold all seats, including the front passenger seat, means you can carry some very long items too. The Captiva is better value than ever before and handles better, but the petrol engines are a bit soft and not as good as its Toyota and Ford rivals. Be sure and try the diesel though, it is a good engine and great value for money.