2014 Chevrolet Captiva | new car review

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 by
2014 Chevrolet Captiva
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AEDAED 92,000 - 117,000
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Review Summary:

The is a Mid-Sized SUV that has been around since 2006 and is still in its first generation. Facing competition from the updated Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe, the Captiva doesn’t have a lot going for it, at first glance at least.

Pros

Interior design and use of materials

Cons

Dated exterior design

Looks

The bullish countenance comprises of Chevrolet’s signature hexagonal grille, angular headlamps and boomerang-like chrome outlines around the fog lamp housings. Along the sides, the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva flaunts protruding wheel arches and somewhat simple character lines. However, with D-shaped tail lamps, a silver diffuser and a narrow window, the rear is quite easily the least exciting part of the Captiva.

2014 Chevrolet Captiva front

Feels

Inside, the Captiva surprises; pleasantly that is. For a car that hasn’t been redesigned significantly in the past 9 years, the interior is very modern. The neat, well laid out dashboard makes use of leather and silver trim, along with splashes of piano black trim and hides the solid plastics into lower areas of the cabin. Simply put, the dashboard isn’t just good to look at, but also good to feel. With more than enough head and leg room for second row passenger, and two individual seats for third row passengers, the Captiva sounds comfortable. Until you realize, A/C vents are something only the driver and front seat passenger have been blessed with.

2014 Chevrolet Captiva interior

Engineering

Safety features are apparent in the 2014 Captiva. With front, side and curtain airbags, a total of 6 airbags protect the driver, front passenger and rear passengers in case of a collision. Additionally, Hill Start Assist is a neat feature that prevents the Captiva from rolling back when stationary on a steep slope, that is sure to be of use in mall parking lots, really.

What’s on offer?

For the urban crawler, the 2.4 litre 4 cylinder engine that produces 169 horsepower, 229 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6 speed transmission should prove sufficient. But for those who enjoy a little getaway from the concrete jungle every once in a while, the meatier 3.0 litre V6 that produces 264 horsepower and 288 Nm of torque is probably more appropriate.

2014 Chevrolet Captiva side

Summing it…

Priced intelligently between the cheaper Hyundai Santa Fe and the significantly more expensive Ford Edge, the Chevrolet Captiva is an interesting offering from the brand. With a slightly dated exterior, but an interior that makes up for it, the price tag of AED 92,000 to AED 117,000 seems justified for this 7 seater Mid Sized SUV.

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