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Road Test - Chevrolet Captiva 2.4 LT (A)
27 Jul 2011  |  Chevrolet Reviews
Muscled into the SUV segment in 2006, can the facelifted Captiva captivate Chevrolet's fan base? We take the big man with the new look out for a spin. Read More
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OVERALL RATING
 
2 Reviewers
3.5 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
3/5
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Value for money
4/5 Engine Performance
4/5
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The Chevrolet Captiva is the best Chevy to grace Singapore shores so far.
 |  1st Gear |
 30 Dec 2011
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5

Review
The revised suspension over the first-gen car - stiffer springs - does sharpen up the Captiva's road manners, but the ride isn't as relaxed as it should be for a car of this class. Is this new one cool? No. Except maybe to Chevrolet Cruze owners. You can feel budget in the plastics, but this feels like a car to take on real life rather than ponce around in. Nothing to worry unduly about. No permanent 4x4 (Clutch is front-drive until the wheels lose grip and then the rears push) and the base model is front-drive only, but the Captiva is tidy enough. There's plenty of safe understeer if you push too hard and the suspension copes well with the roads, even if it is a bit soft. This car is superbly practical. Seven seats, masses of headroom. Worth noting that as with all seven-seat SUVs once that third row is in use, the bootspace drops from 465 litres to a teacup-sized 85 litres. So seven people or luggage, not both.

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The NEW Cruzing Captiva.
Premium UserMervynwm 
 |  Neutral Newbie |
 16 Jul 2011
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 4/5

Review
Had went for a test drive recently, the exterior certainly looks more muscular, which a full size SUV should look like.

Inside is packed with ECOTEC 2.4L engine from its sister coy, Opel and bundles with their ECT gearbox... finally Chevrolet breaks away from its previous association with Daewoo.

Inside, legroom was great to a tall person even to the 3rd row and its easy to fold up the seats to allow entry / exit but unfortunately there is no 2nd or 3rd row aircon like the Kia Sorento or 2nd row like most full size SUVs out there... GM should consider both 2nd and 3rd row aircon of this at a later stage where here can be pretty humid although Chevy's aircon is known to be excellent.

Another one is the console which didnt incorporate what the Cruze LS has, the 7 inch LCD touch screen. Will be good to have that in the near facelift.

Also, there is no keyless or push start button to consider. Then there is no both auto headlights and rain sensors available, just like other typical Asia makes....not sure why there is such a variation. I think GM need to look at this as its kinda a common thing to have both of them and push start nowadays. It will also make you different from the others too.

The drive was good and the power to drive comes in fast when you hit the throttle, body roll was minimum too and long drives are pretty relaxed as there is the adjustable back angle where you dont need to stretch to the back, thus making back seats smaller... instead you can adjust the hips area in the seat to be more comfortable... am sure they are the only that thinks of this.

Overall, if you dont mind the inside minimum features, this is not a bad full size SUV to consider where it gives you the power with 6 speed gearbox.

What I like
The ECOTEC 2.4L engine
ECT Gearbox of 6 Speed (Same as Cruze LS)
Spacious legroom at both 2nd and 3rd row
Good acceleration and cruzing
Bluetooth onboard that works with iPhone (tested and proven)
Adjustable hip seats (so no need to drag to the back and make back passenger lesser space)
Easy foldable seats (to allow use of 3rd row for additional passengers)
Nice blue status screen (but prefer to have the LCD like Cruze LS)

What I do not like
No 7 inch touch screen like Cruze LS
No iPod USB
No 2nd and 3rd row aircon like most full size SUVs out there
No push start or keyless entry
No both AUTO headlights and rain sensors (not sure why only one of them)
No sunroof or moonroof as standard or option

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3.5 stars - based on 2 reviews