Cap­tiva can still be cap­ti­vat­ing

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motorwales - PETER HAYWARD news­desk@waleson­

THE Chevrolet Cap­tiva and Vaux­hall An­tara soft road­ers were built in the same fac­tory and came with the same en­gines and driv­e­trains.

Nei­ther sold par­tic­u­larly well, but the Cap­tiva makes a de­cent five or seven-seat fam­ily car that’s well equipped and very good value.

I’m go­ing to con­cen­trate on the facelifted mod­els built from 2013, when a new diesel en­gine with ei­ther man­ual or au­to­matic gear­box was in­tro­duced.

This lat­est 2.2-litre diesel was avail­able with ei­ther 161 or 181bhp and came with lower emis­sions and bet­ter econ­omy.

The lower power out­put was only avail­able with front-wheel drive and had av­er­age fuel econ­omy of 44mpg, while the 181bhp mod­els came with four-wheel-drive (4WD) and were ca­pa­ble of 42mpg.

Both en­gines pull well, but they’re fairly agri­cul­tural and the man­ual gear­box needs time to do the changes.

The front-wheel-drive model gives 0-62mph in 9.9 se­conds and a top speed of 117mph while the higher pow­ered unit does the sprint in 9.6 se­conds and goes on to 124mph.

They both feel rea­son­ably quick on the road, with de­cent re­sponse and easy cruis­ing.

Smooth roads are no prob­lem to the sus­pen­sion, but when it is as most of us find ev­ery day, with ruts, bumps and pot­holes, it loses its com­po­sure.

And this is worse the fur­ther back pas­sen­gers sit, so that even chil­dren would be un­likely to en­joy a long jour­ney in the rear­most seats of the seven seater.

The steer­ing is lack­ing in feel too, and does not give the driver con­fi­dence enough to take cor­ners quickly.

But de­spite this, it ac­tu­ally cor­ners quite well for a tall ve­hi­cle, with good grip de­spite a fair amount of roll.

All four-wheel-drive ver­sions come with elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, to help in the cor­ners, and hill-de­scent con­trol to help off road.

Front and mid­dle rows of seats have very good head and legroom and al­though the third row is easy to ac­cess the seats are only big enough for up to younger teens.

A high floor means the knees are higher than in most other cars, and the boot is a very good size with the rear seats folded.

Cheap­est LS trim comes with height and reach ad­justable steer­ing, elec­tric win­dows all-round, day­time run­ning lights, al­loys, air con and a CD stereo with MP3 player and steer­ing wheel con­trols. There’s also Blue­tooth, six airbags and hill-start as­sist.

The LT adds the third row of seats, self-lev­el­ling sus­pen­sion, au­to­matic head­lights and up­hol­stery, trip com­puter and sat nav.

Pay about £6,750 for a ’13 13-reg 2WD LS five-seater, or £12,200 for a ’15 15-reg 4WD LTZ seven-seat au­to­matic.

The Chevrolet Cap­tiva makes a de­cent five or seven-seat fam­ily car that’s well equipped and very good value

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