Captiva 2.2 LT Review
Chevrolet India is known for its superior technology based production of automobiles and is expanding its customer base ever since. It produced an uncompromising vehicle, that is named as Captiva and this series is offered in two variants in which a diesel engine is standard. This Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 MT 2WD is the entry level trim and has been bestowed with components that makes this a vehicle, which is packed with safety and comfort aspects as well as good looks too. To have the first impression over anything is its image and this is very well kept in the mind by the designers. They have given it all the elements that can be incorporated to make it look like one of its kind. This effort can be observed when we see the massive body, which looks astounding in chrome trims and stylish bumpers. The protection is well assured by equipping it with advanced braking like anti-lock braking system and an electronic brake-force distribution along with traction control and electronic stability as well. The comfort is taken care by the convenient factors integrated into this trim with components like leather seating, automated functions plus adjustment facilities to most of the sections. The information plus entertainment is together addressed with an infotainment integrated which, has a 2-DIN audio system that supports multiple players along with Bluetooth connectivity and these controls are mounted onto the steering wheel for additional convenience to the driver. And the best part of this section is it can be enjoyed with eight speakers which are spread over the cabin. All in all, this is one SUV which cannot be overlooked while trying to pick a best vehicle out of a bunch of similar offerings in its category which all fade out in the presence of this trim.
The image of this vehicle looks splendid with much definition to the details over the body. The grille in the front sits wide and is given a chrome paint to its surrounds. This dual port grille holds a plate that displays the company name, Chevrolet on it in great style. The bumper on the front is very stylish as well. There is a skid plate which is fitted at the front which protects the engine from road impacts and they are painted in silver. Furthermore, even the twin exhaust tailpipe is in silver finishing. The rear windscreen is integrated with a defogger which has a timer function equipped to it. There is a LED tail lamp which gives clearer visibility. The rear has a chrome garnish to it additionally to enhance the overall view from back. When it comes to the side profile, the door handles have chrome grip to them. And additionally, the window sashes are given chrome finish to it as well. This trim also has a panoramic sunroof, which brings in a lot of fresh air and sunlight during the day journeys whereas the roof rails are in satin. The overall length, width and height of this trim is 4673mm, 1870mm and 1755mm respectively. The minimum ground clearance of this utility vehicle is about 176mm. While it has a roomy wheelbase of 2705mm, which can take in seven passengers with ease. It also has a large fuel tank that can take in 55 litres of diesel in it.
The insides of this Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 MT 2WD trim are furbished with components that not only give comfort, but safety as well. But its not just about that, it should look and feel appealing as well. Now, this has to be defined by describing the features that are integrated into the cabin, starting with the premium black leather upholstery, which gives a rich look and feel as well. Furthermore, the gear knob and the steering wheel too are wrapped in leather. There is a dashboard that is layered in premium high gloss finish to it, whereas the central console has a silver finish. And then there is ample lighting provided in this trim which consist of an illuminated glove box, two reading lamps at front, the foot well is illuminated, the switches that are mounted over the steering wheel have illumination as well and then there is an illuminated ignition keyhole too. There is much storage space available by having a card holder, a cargo area organization compartment, a storage space in the dashboard with a lid to it, cup holders in the front, to the rear center armrest plus third row as well.
Engine and Performance:
It is integrated with a four stroke direct injection diesel engine, which can displace 2231cc. It has the standard direct injection fuel supply system and can deliver a mileage of 14.6 Kmpl. It has a potential to generate a maximum power of 184bhp at 3800rpm and can produce a peak torque of 424Nm at 2000rpm. It is bestowed with a six-speed manual transmission gear box.
Braking and Handling:
It is equipped with an efficient suspension, wherein the front axle is fitted with McPherson strut that has twin tube gas pressure struts. Whereas the rear axle is fixed with multi link level ride with twin tube gas pressure strut. The front as well as the rear wheels are fitted with disc brakes, which is very good braking equipment. It is equipped with a hydraulically power assisted rack and pinion steering type. It has front wheel drive system.
The list of features included in this Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 MT 2WD trim are an automatic climate control with dual zone air conditioning unit, which has side vents as well as third row AC vents that have independent blower controls. There are sun visors for both the driver, who's given a ticket holder and the co-passenger, for whom a vanity mirror is offered. All the four doors are offered with power windows. The outside rear view mirrors have a heating function to them. The other automated sections are that the wipers have a rain sensing feature and the driver's side window has express down function available to it. The instrument cluster has many notifications available in it. Now furthermore, this instrument cluster along with the display has a dimming function to them. The storage is very well designed in this variant that it makes a whole list of storage compartments that are available for stuffing things that are needed to be handy while on the drive. Such space contains cup holders to the driver's side armrest, to rear armrest as well as to the third row as well. The outside rear view mirrors can be electronically adjustable and has turn indicators to them as well. The antenna is integrated in to the rear windscreen. It is a blessing to the driver of this vehicle as it is bestowed with power steering as well as a tilt adjustable and telescopic steering column too is offered. Additionally, to make things better, the parking job too is given assistance by integrating parking sensors at the rear end. Furthermore, it has a power operated parking brake equipped to it. There is a remote keyless entry as well as two remote keys are available that further add to the convenience.
This section of safety is well designed by the manufacturers of this SUV. To start with, the airbags which deploy in the case of any crash, avoiding the passengers to strike against either the steering wheel or the windows, are offered in this trim. The advantage is, not just the front airbags are fitted for the driver and the co-passenger, but additionally there are side as well as curtain airbags too. The front seats have an adjustable facility to their headrests. The braking system is well mechanized by integrating an anti-lock braking system along with an electronic brake-force distribution. Furthermore, there is a descent control system, while coming down the hill, which helps immensely in having great control over the vehicle. Additionally, there is a traction control system and an electronic stability program which help in giving better grip and balance to this vehicle at all times. The fog lamps which are fitted on the front and rear help in better visibility. As an add on protection, there is driver seatbelt warning and front door safety marker lamp as well. The front seatbelts have a pre-tensioner and load limiter.
1. Added features are certainly an advantage.
2. Spacious interiors with ample space for passengers as well as for luggage.
1. Price tag needs to be more competitive.
2. There is still scope to improve its fuel efficiency.