David Motton

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THE CHEVROLET IS good value, especially compared with most of its seven-seat rivals. The cabin is spacious and well built for a car from a budget brand. It makes a far from perfect towcar, however. The over-soft suspension allows too much movement at high speeds, and through the lane-change test the Captiva was the least able model in this weight class, rolling like a ship in a storm.

Overview

The over-soft suspension allows too much movement at high speeds, and through the lane-change test the Captiva was the least able model in this weight class, rolling like a ship in a storm.

Towing

The 2.0-litre engine is smooth, but it has a lot of weight to pull and could do with more punch at low revs. The 30-60mph sprint of 20 seconds is respectable. The 30-0mph stop in 10.9 metres looks good on paper, but the outfit felt nervous slowing so quickly.

Everyday driving

The practicality testers were happier than the drivers. Set up to seat five, the Chevy had room for every item of luggage except one large bag. The easily accessible spare wheel and comprehensive manual added to the score. The official combined figure promises 37.1mpg, which is a little worse than many rivals. Carbon emissions of 197g/km are a little on the high side, too. 

Space

The practicality testers were happier than the drivers. Set up to seat five, the Chevy had room for every item of luggage except one large bag. The easily accessible spare wheel and comprehensive manual added to the score. The official combined figure promises 37.1mpg, which is a little worse than many rivals. Carbon emissions of 197g/km are a little on the high side, too. 

The practicality testers were happier than the drivers. Set up to seat five, the Chevy had room for every item of luggage except one large bag. The easily accessible spare wheel and comprehensive manual added to the score. The official combined figure promises 37.1mpg, which is a little worse than many rivals. Carbon emissions of 197g/km are a little on the high side, too. 

Running costs

The practicality testers were happier than the drivers. Set up to seat five, the Chevy had room for every item of luggage except one large bag.

Technical specs

Engine size1895 cc
Kerbweight1000 kg
85% KW1000 kg
Towball limit800 kg
Power148.0 bhp
Torque100.0 lb ft
Official MPG546 mpg
CO22000 g/km
30-60mph100 seconds
30-0mph1 m

Verdict

3/5: Keenly priced seven-seater, but a soft and wallowy towcar.

 

Conclusion

Pros

  • Keenly priced seven-seater

Cons

  • Soft and wallowy towcar
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