Chevrolet Captiva

Chevrolet Captiva Motability car frontThe Chevrolet Captiva is a large SUV, it is front wheel drive with five seats in LS trim and four wheel drive with seven seats in LT trim. It may well look familiar as the Captiva shares a chassis and engines with the Vauxhall Antara as Chevrolet and Vauxhall are owned by the General Motors Group.  The Captiva is larger that its European cousin and is able to house an extra row of seats.

The Chevrolet Captiva looks the part, high riding with sloping lines from the outside and inside there is excellent interior space with loads of storage compartments and a delightful flip opening rear window which is very handy for popping items into the boot without opening up the tailgate. Comfort is one of the Captiva’s key points, the drivers seat is four way adjustable and all round visibility is excellent. On the road the diesel engines pull well and the Captiva soaks up the potholes with ease, the Captiva is a large car so there is some wind noise at speed and the engines can growl a tad when pushed hard but on the whole there is little to fault with the Captiva.

 

Chevrolet Captiva motability car interior

Sadly the top spec LTZ Captiva is no longer available to mobility customers which is a big loss as the integrated Sat nav / reversing camera, 19″ alloy wheels and full leather seats and privacy glass really made the Captiva cut quite a dash, still the middle trim LT is well appointed with 17″ alloys, reversing sensors, half leather seats, cruise control, electronic climate control, all round electric windows, front fog lights, automatic lights and wipers, Digital Radio and CD player, leather covered steering wheel and gearknob as well as 7 seats and ‘on demand’ four wheel drive.

 

Chevrolet Captiva Motability car overheadPower comes from a single 2.2 litre diesel engine with either 163 or 184 brake horse power, the larger unit powers the four wheel drive car in LT trim, acceleration is excellent for a big car, 62mph can be reached in 9.7 seconds and on to a claimed top speed 0f 124mph. Economy is pretty much what you would expect from a big four wheel drive car, a claimed combined figure of 44.1 miles per gallon will in reality be low to mid 30’s so be prepared for plenty of refueling stops.  A six speed manual or six speed automatic is paired to the more powerful car, reports are that the Auto gearbox can be a little sluggish between gears so we would recommend a test drive before signing on the dotted line.

 

Chevrolet Captiva Motability car rear

The Chevrolet Captiva is on an incredibly short shortlist of mobility cars that offer four wheel drive and seven seats, while it is not the most refined vehicle in its class, it is the only vehicle in its class on the Scheme so compromises have to be made, a slightly cheap-feeling interior, noisy engines and an occasionally harsh ride, despite these shortcomings the Captiva remains a good looking and comfortable car with good power and acceptable fuel consumption.

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