It’s positively Captiva-ting: The 2014 Chevrolet Captiva Review

Here’s the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva. With a burgeoning cross-over SUV market, new models tend to get lost in the crowd. Chevrolet hopes to stand out in a sea of homogeneity with their 2014 Chevrolet Captiva. The Captiva was born from the S3X concept car, and has received various improvements since its initial release in 2007.

When it first rolled onto the scene, the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva was equipped with GM’s first modern diesel engine in the form of a 2.0-litre. In 2011, it got up upgraded to the 2.2-litre unit that is still clattering away under the bonnet of the current model year. This power plant can be had in either the 163PS or 184PS variant, the former residing in most front-wheel drives and the latter living between the fenders of all-wheel drives. The burlier of the two is good for a sprint to 60mph in 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 124mph when equipped with the manual transmission (9.8 seconds and 118mph with the automatic). A 2.4-litre petrol engine is also available in other countries but those who reside in Great Britain are out of luck.

 Chevrolet Captiva Review

Chevrolet Captiva

The 2014 Chevrolet Captiva may not win any traffic light showdowns, but it will save you money at the fuel pump. The top of the line 184PS AWD version achieves a combined 44.1mpg and the FWD 163PS version ekes out an impressive 45.5mpg. You can feel good about your carbon foot print while driving the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva also, since the 184PS version emits only 170g/km. If you choose to scurry around in the FWD 163PS model, that figure drops to only 164g/km.

Since its refresh in 2011, the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva has gotten subjectively better looking as well. In the interest of beautification, the tail end has been garnished with LED rear lamps, chrome exhaust tips and a revised bumper. The opposite end has undergone cosmetic surgery as well with the addition of a lower bumper, revised grill and headlamps. For extra styling, the Captiva has been fitted with stylish 18-inch alloy wheels at all four corners. The cabin has been upgraded with fresh fabrics; trim materials and colours though it still feels a little cut-rate. The instrument panel is attractive and easy to navigate – something that’s a bit of a novelty in today’s technology infatuated world. Front row seating is well thought out and can accommodate even the most unusual body types thanks to a bevy of adjustments. Second row occupants get adequate shoulder and leg room, but the third row fold-down seats are only fit for a child or a contortionist.

Luggage space is sufficient, measuring 97-litres with all seven seats in their upright position. If you store the unfit-for-human use third row seats, you are rewarded with 769-litres of space. If you need to pack in something of truly gargantuan proportions, opt for the five seat version which allows you to stow the second row seats under the floor, giving you 1,577-litres to work with.

Pricing for the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva starts at £21,500, pitting against other small sport utilities such as the Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Land Rover Freelander. The entry level FWD version is priced competitively, but should you choose to upgrade to the 7-seat AWD version, you automatically move to the £27,000 to £31,500 price range. This is where the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva loses it economic edge since the rivalry lies in the £23,500-£25,500 price zone. On the other hand, you do get a bundle of standard features regardless of which trim level you choose. The base model comes equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth, power windows, an MP3 CD system with AUX-in point, power mirrors and even rain sensing wipers. Optional equipment provides luxury that rivals a day at a spa, including dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats and ambient lighting to set the mood.

The compact SUV market is fiercely competitive with almost every manufacturer vying for a piece of the pie. The Captiva is a worthy effort, but only time will tell if that is enough to separate it from the herd.

What do you think of the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva?