2008 Chevrolet Captiva | new car review

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 by

Combining the ruggedness of a SUV with clean, stylish lines of a sedan, the 2008 Captiva is ’s contender in the mid-size SUV segment. Designed in Europe and built in Korea, the Captiva is built on the Theta platform and comes in either five or seven-seat configurations and is offered in three trim levels, LS, LT and LTZ.

Good looks create a positive first impression – this is a well-formed, inoffensively styled car with balanced proportions, however you could also read that as ‘slightly dull’. It is good looking in a clean cut, middle-of-the road sort of way – but it doesn’t really excite the eyes or offer innovation.

Inside, the cabin is of a higher standard and there’s plenty of equipment like an MP3 plug-in alongside relevant driver aids like ESP and hill decent control. On higher-end models the comes with seven seats and a part time four-wheel-drive system which diverts power to the rear wheels when the front pair starts to slip.

Apart from generous head and legroom, Chevy’s Captiva is among the very few compact SUVs to offer two usable seats in the third row plus luggage capacity of 85 litres and extended cargo facility. Luggage capacity of 930 litres can be created by folding all the rear seats.

Two engines are offered: a 136hp 2.4-litre four-cylinder generating 136 hp (and 220 Nm of torque), and the Alloytec V6 3.2-litre engine with dual continuous variable cam and variable air intake manifold developing 230 hp and 297 Nm of torque. The V6 version comes with five-speed automatic with clutchless manual, while the four-cylinder unit can be specified with either a 5-speed manual or automatic.

The Captiva comes in front-wheel or all-wheel drive versions and is Chevrolet’s first compact SUV in a very long time as the company strives to bring its large SUV expertise into the small SUV segment.

Technical Specifications
Engine2.4-litre 4-Cyl3.2-litre V6
Power136 bhp230 bhp
Torque220 Nm297 Nm
Transmission5-Speed Manual/5-Speed Automatic5-Speed Automatic


Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 83500 – upto 120000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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One Response to 2008 Chevrolet Captiva | new car review

  1. amrit Reply

    July 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    good and crisp review

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