Once upon a time it used to be RAV or nothing. Now, shopping for a compact sport-utility will have your head spinning within minutes as you choose between the aforementioned plus Outlander, CR-V, Sportage and others.
It’s not an easy space for Chevy to launch their new Captiva. The good news is that they’ve got it right first time.
The Captiva, designed in Australia and built in Korea, feels as well screwed together as its competitors and behaves like you’d expect a premium car to. Although styling’s a personal thing, it would be fair to say that the Captiva is understated without following the herd well, much. On the outside, it looks vaguely like one or two competitors, and on the inside it looks suitably plush. Out on the road, the Chevy feels composed and comfortable. The 3,2 Six lugs it effortlessly along, and when you need to hustle through the corners it’s thoroughly well behaved.
Although compact, the Captiva can seat up to 7 thanks to three rows of seats. The last row effectively folds into the floor to leave the load area flat.
Engine options are a 100 kW 2,4-litre four, the 169 kW Six, and – to come – a 110 kW/320 N.m two-litre turbodiesel. A 2×4 version is available; the 4x4s are nominally front-drive until wheelspin is detected, at which point drive is channelled to the rear as well. Driver aids include ABS with EBD, stability control, and hill descent control.
Captiva prices range from about R240 000 to R330 000.
– Anthony Doman