Captivated by Chevrolet
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.