Cap­ti­vated by Chevro­let

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - DRIVE - By Steve Walker

WHY shell out for a lux­ury 4x4 with a pre­mium badge when you can se­cure a ve­hi­cle with sim­i­lar ca­pac­ity and equip­ment for £20,000 less? That’s the ques­tion Chevro­let is ask­ing with its Cap­tiva LTZ. Even the range-top­ping Cap­tiva can’t hope to com­pete on equal terms with the elite of the 4x4 world but if you’re af­ter a prag­matic fam­ily ve­hi­cle, this could be a win­ner. The LTZ is the plush­est Chevro­let Cap­tiva and comes with ex­tras like satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, leather and a re­vers­ing cam­era thrown in. Pric­ing is rea­son­able con­sid­er­ing the spec and the Cap­tiva re­mains a large and fam­ily-friendly com­pact 4x4. The 2.0 VCDi diesel unit is mated to Chevro­let’s all-wheel drive sys­tem which in­cor­po­rates hill de­scent con­trol as well as sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol sys­tems. The en­gine will punt the Chevy to a top speed of 111mph. The peak torque of 320Nm ar­rives at a lowly 2,000rpm which gives the en­gine a nicely sinewy feel. The Cap­tiva is unashamedly 4x4 in ap­pear­ance. The 18-in al­loy wheels on the LTZ do a good job of fill­ing cav­ernous wheel-arches and the front-end is suit­ably butch. It’s fully 4,639mm long, com­pared with the 4,415 of the Toy­ota RAV4 and the 4,470mm of the Suzuki Grand Vi­tara. That’s why the Chevy has room for three rows of seats in some ver­sions. A prodi­gious boot of 465 litres can rise to 930 litres with the rear seats folded. The cabin has full leather trim with elec­tric ad­just­ment of the leather driver’s seat and pri­vacy glass in the rear. Cli­mate con­trol, cruise con­trol, au­to­matic lights and au­to­matic wipers, elec­tri­cally fold­ing mir­rors and ESC sta­bil­ity con­trol are also in­cluded. The high­light could well be the 7-in colour dis­play screen which hosts a sa-nav sys­tem and a re­verse park­ing cam­era. Re­vers­ing ma­noeu­vres are greatly sim­pli­fied by the cam­era sys­tem which gives a clear view of what’s be­hind. Com­bined with the rear park­ing sen­sors, it should make any ob­sta­cle vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to hit. Even in plush LTZ guise, the Cap­tiva isn’t go­ing to break the bank and should be affordable to run too. The man­ual car emit­s197g/km of CO2, al­though the au­to­matic is less efficient with its 225g/km show­ing. At the pumps, ex­pect 38.2mpg com­bined fuel econ­omy. The plan is for the range-top­ping Cap­tiva LTZ to lure com­pact 4x4 buy­ers, who may have con­sid­ered buy­ing more pres­ti­gious mod­els, into Chevro­let’s clutches. The Cap­tiva has al­ways had the whiff of value for money about it and with full leather trim, sat nav, park­ing cam­era and oo­dles of other ex­tras, the LTZ ver­sion makes the car pos­i­tively fra­grant. It’s no sub­sti­tute for a lux­ury 4x4 but as a large fam­ily ve­hi­cle, it might make sense.

WIN­NER: The Chevro­let Cap­tiva LTZ could be the an­swer for 4x4 buy­ers.

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