The Chevrolet Captiva, with its choice of 2.4 or 3.0 litre V6 engines, offers most of what is really appreciated in a car, especially in Qatar taking note of the extreme traffic and climate conditions here.
Access is easy and, once inside, you will be impressed by the high commanding driving position and the panoramic view available, aided to the rear by the large wing mirrors. There’s lots of storage space and the cabin is really spacious and comfortable. Space is the Captiva’s key strength. It’s pretty huge inside so there is plenty of room for passengers in the front and back. Access to the third row is simple as easy-pull levers make tumbling the seats forward a breeze.
It’s a cabin to enjoy: the dashboard, centre stack and lighting are impressive and attractive; set the perfect temperature with the dual climate control and make the most of the rear park assist, the eight-way driver power seat, Bluetooth, cruise control and keyless entry and push button start systems.
Driving is very pleasant; the Captiva feels strong and powerful, even with the 2.4 litre engine, and the steering is delightfully light. With its sculpted hood and sleek lines the Captiva looks as good as it feels to drive. Its style, highlighted by the redesigned front and rear, the dual grille mesh, the twin chrome-finished exhausts and LED taillights makes a statement of timeless elegance balanced with just the right hint of strength and power. Both engines feature the latest technology and boast automatic six-speed transmissions for a powerful, yet smooth ride. Choose the front or on-demand, all-wheel drive configuration and discover how Captiva adapts naturally to your driving style, granting you effortless control over any road.
The Chevrolet Captiva is equipped with a high level of safety features including front, side and curtain airbags – a total of six airbags to protect the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. Additional features include Hill Start Assist, to prevent roll-backs, along with Hill Descent Control, that slows the vehicle on gradients. With Captiva, you’ll always feel safe and so will all your family.
ENGINE ECOTEC 2.4 litre, DOHC 16-valve EcoTec, 4 cylinders (also available 3.0 litre DOHC, 16 valve, V6 MFI), with direct injection, Variable Valve Timing and Intake Variable Valve Lift technology
MAX POWER 264 hp (3 litre); 169 hp (2.4 litre)
MAX TORQUE 288 Nm (3 litre); 216 Nm (2.4 litre)
DRIVELINE Six-speed automatic transmission, with manual Tap Shift System
EXTERIOR Subtle changes including new LED tail lamps, angular chrome exhaust tips and a remodeled bumper create a sharper, more defined appearance for the new Captiva; up front, it sports a lower bumper, a new grille mesh and restyled foglamps, which highlight the vehicle’s purposeful looks; wheel arches sculptured to take wheel sizes between 17″ and 19″
INTERIOR Driver and passengers are welcomed by an airy and spacious interior, with storage space among best in class and the option of either five or seven seats; the upgraded interior features Chevrolet ice-blue back-lighting and contributes to the vehicle’s upmarket feel and look; standard keyless entry and push-button keyless start; the audio system includes AUX-in, USB-port and Bluetooth connectivity
SAFETY/SECURITY Front, side and curtain airbag protection; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with 4-wheel disc brakes; 5-star safety rating EuroNCAP
Jaidah Automotive will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest Chevrolet Captiva or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 8000 100.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 61 Winter 2014/15 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 61 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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