Chevrolet Captiva(tes) with new-look 7 seater

2016-07-20 06:00
New Chev Captiva.                         Photo: SUPPLIED

New Chev Captiva. Photo: SUPPLIED

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IF I should list the things a mom would like for her vehicle on the mom’s taxi route, I would say at the top of the list would be practicality, versatility, stylish package, ride comfort – and all of this in a car that is still small enough to fit into tight parking spaces or that is easy to parallel park.

Express on Wheels spent a week with one such vehicle, which certainly ticks many of the boxes for a mom’s taxi – and in addition, one that dad would also enjoy driving.

Being first launched on our roads in 2007 the Chevrolet Captiva is no stranger to SA motorists and in March this year Chev launched an upgraded version of this popular 7-seater.

The upgrade includes exterior and interior changes, the new Chevrolet MyLink System with Phone Projection Technology and a High Level of standard features

The Captiva is available in 3 models – two with 2.4 litre petrol engines with a choice between manual and automatic transmission - and the third a 2.2 litre turbo diesel with automatic transmission.

The one test driven for this column was the Chevrolet Captiva 2.4L FWD with automatic transmission, which retails at R415 500.


Most of the exterior upgrades can be seen in the front with a new grille and front fascia which give the Captiva the latest Chevrolet Family look. The headlamps have LED day time running signature lighting with automatic on and off.

Chrome exhaust pipes add to the sporty look as do the stylish looking side steps.

The 2016 models have 18”Alloy wheels.


The 2016 Captiva features an all new dashboard and instrument cluster with the biggest addition being the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.

The second generation of MyLink introduces phone projection technology, which allows users with compatible smart phones the ability to project some of their phone’s apps and functions onto the screen of the car’s infotainment system.

Most of these functions can be controlled from the new leather steering wheel.

The interior looks modern and classy with leather seats and stitched leather accents.

In addition, the Captiva offers plenty of storage space along with 477 litres of cargo carrying space with all the seats up and 942 litres with the seats folded down. The boot has a pull-out cover to protect its contents from prying eyes with bad intentions.

I liked the versatility of two extra seats in the back. Clever design has made it look and feel roomy with the versatility of two extra seats without it driving and feeling like a big bulky vehicle. It has a high seating position, without one having to struggle to get in and out.

The third row of seats fold down flat into the floor of the boot. Even this row of passengers have access to a cupholder.

The Captiva features plenty of cupholders and storage solutions that are very practical. The passengers in the middle row also have armrests with cupholders.

Standard features

The list of standard features has also been extended including an on-board computer, eight-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat, dual zone climate control, the Mylink system with touchscreen, rear park assist, cruise control, keyless entry and keyless start (PEPS), Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist and power folding mirrors. The handbrake is also not the conventional sort, but rather a lever that can be pulled up and down.


The 2016 Captiva is available in a choice of either the 2.4 litre petrol engine or a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine.

For the 2.4 litre petrol engine, fuel consumption for the combined cycle is stated as 8.8 l/100 km. The 2.2 litre diesel engine model is only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission and achieves a combined fuel consumption figure measured at 7.8 l/100 km.

The Captiva offers a solid drive and is not floaty on the open road. With the test vehicle having an automatic transmission with 2.4 litre engine on a big-sized vehicle, it is not meant for spirited driving or having too heavy a foot on the accelerator when you want to speed up or overtake. But it is quite willing to get going and offers a comfortable, surefooted ride both on the open road as well and the urban commute.

Standard Safety Features

The Chevrolet Captiva has a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks to savvy electronic aids such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control Systems (TCS), Braking Assist System (BAS), Hill Start Assist (HAS) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).


Chevrolet Captiva 2.4 LT FWD M/T R396 600

Chevrolet Captiva 2.4 LT FWD A/T R415 500

Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 D LT FWD A/T R431 300


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