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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.

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