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The competition in the multi-seater SUV market has become tough in recent years. Each manufacturer tries to amaze the customers by extraordinary facilities, luggage space and comfort. Chevrolet has analyzed all desiderates and designed Captiva that is called to exceed the expectations. Our comprehensive Chevrolet Captiva review gives cues on the latest restyling improvements.
For the 2016, Chevrolet has exposed Captiva to restyling. The front-end outlived the major changes: updated bumper, ornamental grille, thinner headlights with LED clusters for running lights. The rear-end received adjustable bumper, stylish foglights & dual sport-style exhaust pipes. All changes added to the car’s dynamic nature.
The SUV is shipped in 5-seater or 7-seater body versions and several trims. The base version features 467x173x185 cm dimensions, 270 cm wheelbase and 20 cm clearance. It rests on 17-inch wheels of 235/60R17 size. The chassis houses independent front & rear suspension as well as ventilated disk brakes.
At large, the cabin is trimmed for a full due. Plastic-wrapped panels and cloth upholstery do not create an ambience of cheapness (upper trims boast leather upholstery). Vice versa, interior speaks forethought. The driver has to settle for a 3-spoke steering wheel, a well-elaborated fascia with an enlarged trip computer and an updated central console.
The latter accommodates a new MyLink multimedia system with a 7-inch touchscreen. It supports Apple CarPlay technology that enables the connection of iOS-based smartphones. Moreover, MyLink boasts the implementation of Siri Eyes Free system that allows for managing all facilities by means of voice commands. The stack also houses climate control block to conveniently adjust temperature within the cabin.
The saloon is estimated for 5 or 7 passengers. The boot in the 5-seater configuration offers 770 liters of luggage space. One of the key peculiarities is the capability of the cabin to absorb energy on impacts. Hence, in case of collision, the passengers are sure to be protected by three-point seatbelts & a range of airbags. Dedicated child seat anchors are targeting to protect the kid even on severe accidents.
To proceed with Chevrolet Captiva review it’s necessary to mention about three different powertrains. The base version comes with a 2.4-liter petrol engine that generates 167 horsepower and 230 nm of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This transmission ensures maximal smoothness of gear shifts and improved fuel efficiency.
The upper-trim modifications come either with a 2.2-liter diesel engine, rated at 184 horsepower, or a 3.0-liter petrol engine, rated at 249 horsepower. All solutions are bundled with a front- or a full-wheel drive in combination with a hydraulic booster. In terms of performance, the first engine accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h for 10.4 seconds, the second one – for 9.6 seconds, while the third one – for 8.5 seconds.
The 2016 Chevrolet Captiva is introduced in four trim levels: LT, LT+, LS & LTZ. The base SUV modification includes external rearview mirrors, chrome-plated exhaust pipes, rear foglights, split-folding rear seats, a rear wiper, central lock with remote control, electric power parking brake, automatic height adjustment of rear suspension, front power windows, cup-holders, an ashtray, and audio controls on steering wheel.
The base safety package boasts hill start control, front seatbelt indicators, child seat anchors, ABS, EPS, engine immobilizer, antitheft alarm, and a kit of airbags.
Chevrolet expands functional for the higher trims. Thus, it entails front foglights, rooftop railings, headlamp washers, heating of front seats, rain-sensing wipers, power external mirrors, cruise control, air conditioner, USB port, dual-zone climate control, door sills illumination, leather-wrapped gearbox, rear parking sensor, and a drawer in the dashboard.
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