Chevrolet Captiva (2007–2015)

Model History

September 2004

Seen testing at Millbrook as early as 2003. Mid-size 5 or 7-seater SUV built by Daewoo in South Korea, based on the US market Chevrolet Equinox. 4,639mm long x 1,849mm wide x 1,726mm high. First shown Paris Show 2004. Launch Geneva March 2006. Was supposed to be on sale in UK Summer 2006 but conversion to RHD held it back. Choice between front-drive or all-wheel drive.

All-new two-litre, 16v 150 hp, common-rail direct-injection diesel. Or 2.4-litre, 16-valve four-cylinder petrol engine. Diesel engine jointly developed by GM Powertrain and VM Motori. Offers 150 bhp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2000 rpm. In the EC combined cycle, fuel consumption is 37.1 mpg. CO2 198g/km. Automatic transmission available with diesel engine, delivering 32.5 mpg on the combined cycle. CO2 233g/km.

Petrol engine is a 2,405cc 16-valve four-cylinder, delivering 142 bhp at 5,000 rpm and a torque maximum of 220 Nm at 2,200 rpm. The Captiva 2.4 combined fuel consumption is 31.7 mpg. CO2 217g/km.

Suspension layout consists of a MacPherson strut in front and an independent four-link design in the rear. Ventilated disc brakes are standard on all four wheels. Standard wheel/tyre combination is 215/70 R 16 tyres on 6.5J x 16 inch wheels but larger variants will be available.

January 2007

Prices announced from £16,995 OTR, on sale from June 2007.

  • LS 2.4 petrol 5-speed man 5 seater £16,995
  • LT 2.0 diesel 5-speed man 5 seater £19,995
  • LT 2.0 diesel 5-speed man 7 seater £21,095
  • LT 2.0 diesel 5-speed auto 7 seater £22,195
  • LTX 2.0 diesel 5-speed man 7 seater £23,695
  • LTX 2.0 diesel 5-speed auto 7 seater £24,795

February 2008

Seven-seater ‘Edge’ model based on the 2.0 VCDi LT model priced at £19,995 – a saving of £1,145 against the standard Captiva 2.0 VCDi LT with seven seats. LT spec includes air conditioning, front fog lamps, a radio CD Player with MP3 capability, electronic stability control, power-operated door mirrors, electric front and rear windows, descent control and a neat, two-piece glass flip tailgate. ‘Edge’ edition adds striking Irmscher 20-inch Evo Star alloy wheels and distinctive chrome side bars. Zest Brown (nice orangey-copper metallic) at no extra cost. Offer ends March 17, 2008.

May 2008

New entry-level diesel Captiva 5-seat 2.0 VCDi LS priced at £18,295. £1,900 cheaper than Kia’s base model Sorento, over £2,000 less expensive than the cheapest diesel Nissan X-Trail, and more than £3,500 less pricey than the five-seat Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRTD GSi.

Has air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, a glass-flip tailgate, electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, a powerful six-speaker RDS radio/CD player with MP3 socket, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, front, side and curtain airbags, remote control two-stage deadlocking and charcoal-effect roof rails.

2.0-litre 150PS common-rail diesel engine powers front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox, delivering a combined fuel economy figure of 38.7mpg (43.5mpg extra-urban; 32.1mpg urban). CO2 emissions are 195g/km, and the car accelerates from 0-60mph in 10.8 seconds, with a top speed of 112mph.

May 2010

New range-topping Chevrolet Captiva LTZ introduced. Best ever equipment levels for Captiva range. Auto or manual gearboxes, seven-seats. Priced from £27,305 on-the-road

The new Captiva LTZ combines looks wiuth high levels of equipment and Chevrolet’s iconic 100-year old heritage (it was, after all, the company that invented the SUV) with a price tag that’s most definitely not premium – at £27,305 for the manual (£28,630 for the auto)

Equipped with full leather, climate control, cruise control, electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, automatic lights and wipers, bold 18-inch alloys, unique rear light clusters, privacy glass, ESC and electrically-folding door mirrors as just some of its standard specification, the LTZ is by far the best-equipped Chevrolet Captiva ever offered.

But it also offers two new innovations never seen previously on the model, namely a reverse-parking camera and a touch-screen satellite navigation unit with 7-inch display. Using the display screen, the reverse parking camera comes in addition to audible distance sensors to assist the driver when squeezing into the tightest of spots, as well as offering a greater all round view of the car, picking up a view lower than that the driver gets through the back window.

The sat nav incorporates Points of Interest and postcode search, plus USB input compatibility for music and video clips, and is standard equipment on both variants of LTZ – the auto and the manual. The two options are both powered by a 150PS 2.0-litre VCDi engine and offer combined fuel economy figures of 38.2mpg for the manual, and 32.8mpg for the auto. The manual emits 197g/km of CO 2 , the auto 225g/km.

September 2010

Facelifted for 2011

The new Captiva SUV will be seen for the first time at the October 2010 Paris Motor Show, with new front end design, enhancements to the interior and new engines and transmissions. Captiva will be one of four Chevrolet world premieres.

Three new engines that will come as standard with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission for a powerful, smooth drive. The new engine line-up, which is comprised of one petrol engine (2.4L) and two turbo-diesel variants (2.2L), incorporates a host of advanced technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy.

New 2.2 litre common rail turbo-charged diesel units will be available with either 163 or 184 hp outputs, while the 2.4-litre dual overhead cam gasoline unit with variable valve timing, is rated at 171 hp.

Captiva's chassis re-tuned to further enhance vehicle dynamics, improving cornering, roll characteristics and ride feel. With Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Braking Assist System (BAS) standard, as well as front-, side- and curtain airbags, the Captiva provides a high level of safety.

Upgraded interior now features new finishes and textures including all-new seat fabrics and interior décor appointments. The new Captiva features Hill Start Assist, eliminating "roll-back" on hills and an electric park brake that opens up space for further storage in the center console, including two 1-liter cup holders.

The new Captiva's audio system includes Aux-in, USB-port and Bluetooth connectivity. Passengers will enjoy their audio experience all the more thanks to improved acoustic engineering resulting in reduced road, wind and engine noise. Captiva can be ordered with a touch-screen navigation system with rear view camera for parking assistance.

February 2011

Revamped Chevrolet Captiva to arrive in UK showrooms in May 2011. All come with premium features such as Electronic Stability Control, Bluetooth, power-folding mirrors and speed sensitive power steering, yet prices start at only £21,995 on-the-road.

Two engine choices for UK, both all-new 2.2-litre (2,231cc) diesel units developing either 163PS or 184PS. The former will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the latter will have a choice of manual or auto both six-speed. All LT and LTZ models, which will be the mainstay of the range, come with on-demand All-Wheel-Drive and seven seats as standard, where many of their rivals can only offer five seats.

Entry-level LS is available with the 163PS engine only, front dricve only and five-seats. As well as the ESC, Bluetooth, speed sensitive power steering and folding mirrors it gets a six-speaker CD system with MP3 compatibility, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, a two-piece glass flip tailgate, a rain-sensor rear wiper, Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser with two-stage remote central locking, roof rails, 17-inch alloys, air conditioning, a trailer provision wiring harness and electric windows all round.

The LT gets on-demand All-Wheel-Drive, seven seats, climate control, half-leather trim, solar control glass, rear parking distance sensors, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, automatic lighting control, a self-dipping electro-chromatic rear view mirror, front fog lights, cruise control, a trip computer, a leather covered steering wheel and gearknob and passenger’s under-seat storage tray. The LT also gets the 184 PS engine, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The LTZ comes with features more commonly seen on SUVs costing almost twice as much. Full leather trim, sat nav, a rear-view reversing camera, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, stainless steel sill plates, 19-inch alloys, dark taillight lenses, privacy glass and headlamp pressure washers are offered on top of the LT’s already generous package of specification.

The new Captiva range offers some of the best CO 2 figures in the full size 7 seat SUV class. The 163PS model puts out 170g/km, while the 184PS manual variant emits 174g/km, putting both in the 26 per cent BIK band. Combined fuel economy for the 163PS engine is 44.1 mpg, and for the 184PS engine 42.8mpg – both representing a significant improvement over the outgoing 150PS powerplant.

April 2013

Chevrolet Captiva Updated again

Cosmetic changes are minor – there’s a new front bumper, new taillights, new grille design and new fog lights. There are also new 18-inch alloy wheels. The cabin has been refreshed, too, with new seat coverings and restyled trims. Specification has been tweaked a little – top models now get keyless entry and start, while there’s dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting package and heated seats in some trim levels.

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