2015 Chevrolet Captiva | new car review
Interior design and use of materials
Dated exterior design
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 2015 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.
Inside, the Captiva surprises; pleasantly that is. For a car that hasn’t been redesigned significantly in the past 10 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.
Safety features are apparent in the 2015 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 – sure to come handy in busy mall parking lots.
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.
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 93,000 to AED 116,000 seems justified for this 7 seater mid sized SUV.
|Specifications||2015 Chevrolet Captiva 2.4L||2015 Chevrolet Captiva 3.0L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.4 litre 4 cylinder||3.0 litre V6|
|Max Power |
|169 hp @ 5,600 RPM||264 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|229 Nm @ 4,600 RPM||288 Nm @ 4,600 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||10.5 secs||8.6 secs|
|Top speed||190 km/h||200 km/h|
|Price||AED 92,000||AED 117,000|