In a bid to allure buyers, General Motors launched the 2013 Chevrolet Captiva SUV facelift with some significant tweaks, which was first unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new Captiva looks more aggressive, sporty and outgoing than its predecessor. The new LED tail lamps cluster, redesigned bumper, grille, fog lamps, 17-inches alloy wheels and revised rear bumper integrated with scuff plates with dual exhausts are the major distinguishing features.
The Captiva facelift gets new fabric seats with minor alterations on instrument panel. GM threw some additional features such as dual zone climate system, heated rear seats, keyless entry with push button start and ambient lighting package. The cabin is quite spacious, and offers a good legroom and headroom. However, the last row is limited with space.
The new Captiva is powered by a VCDi (Variable Geometry Turbo Common Rail Direct Injection) turbocharged diesel engine that makes it more fuel efficient and powerful than the original version. The 2.2-litre, 2231cc, 4-cylinder based VCDi turbocharged diesel motor produces a maximum power of 186.5bhp @ 3800rpm with a peak torque of 424Nm @ 2000rpm. The dual overhead cam shaft diesel unit is claimed to offer a top speed in range of 190kmph – 200kmph. It accelerates 0-100kmph in 11 seconds only.
The new Captiva is available in six-speed manual gearbox (LT) and automatic transmission (LTZ) options. Mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, it returns an impressive fuel efficiency of 11kmpl in city and 14.6kmpl on highways. While, the automatic version delivers a mileage of 10kmpl in city and 12.21kmpl on highways. GM offered the SUV in both FWD (LT) and adaptive all wheel drive (LTZ) system.
Engine is refined and rev-happy. The clutch and gearshifts are little heavy, and require some extra efforts during city driving. But, the high torque levels reduce the gearlever usage. The turbo-lag is significant till 1800rpm, and there is power spike that smoothens the overtaking. The electric steering is responsive, but isn’t up-to the mark. The suspension system does right, and enhances the ride quality of the SUV. GM decided to import the new Captiva via the CBU rotue, and therefore offered it with a hefty price tag.
Having some extra muscles and new styling elements, the new Captiva manages to look refreshing, more masculine and sportier than its predecessor. It’s front fascia features new LED tail lamps cluster, chrome surrounded ‘Chevrolet’ signature dual port grille, revised bumper, silver painted front skid plates, fog lamps and headlights. The side profile is enhanced by satin silver roof rails, electric sunroof, integrated side step, chrome grip type door handles, chrome window sash and prominent wheel arches with 17-inched alloy wheels with 235/ 65 R17 tubeless radial tyres.
A full size steel spare wheel (6.5J x 16) with 215/ 70 R16 tubeless radial tyre is affixed in its luggage compartment. The revised rear bumper, rear defogger with timer, silver painted rear skid plates, twin exhaust tailpipe with chrome tip and chrome rear garnish add more to its rear appearance. The new Captiva is available in five colors: Moulan rouge, Switch blade silver, Carbon flash, Pearl white and Smokey eye grey.
Inspired from its predecessor, the interior of the new Captiva looks very familiar. But, GM made some significant changes to enhance its comfort and ease level. The dual zone climate system, heated rear seats, keyless entry with push button start and ambient lighting package are the new add-ons. The premium waves, high-gloss finish on dashboard and silver finish on centre console look attractive.
The leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, silver painted speaker grill, illuminated glove box, ignition keyhole and steering wheel switches and foot-well lighting add more to its interior appeal. For storage purpose, there are front seat back pockets, front cup-holders, rear armrest with cup holder, dashboard storage compartment with lid, cup holder for third row, luggage care organizer compartment, card holder and glove box.
The material quality is certainly more up-market and fit and finish is good. Having 5+2 flexi seating arrangement (in-floor folding third row seats) with premium black leather upholstery, it brings a great sense of comfort. Driver’s seat is eight-ways power adjustable, while the second row seats get split double folding with recline function. There is ample legroom and headroom, but the split collapsible third row seats are limited with space.
Engine and Transmission
The new Captiva is power-packed with more powerful and frugal VCDi (Variable Geometry Turbo Common Rail Direct Injection) turbocharged, dual overhead cam shaft diesel engine. The 2.2-litre, 2231cc, 4-cylinder based VCDi turbocharged diesel unit generates a peak power of 186.5bhp @ 3800rpm with 424Nm of torque @ 2000rpm. This powertrain is capable to achieve 0-100kmph in 11 seconds with a top speed ranging 190kmph – 200kmph.
A six-speed manual gearbox (LT) and six-speed automatic transmission (LTZ) are the two available options. The manual version delivers an impressive fuel economy of 11kmpl in city and 14.6kmpl on highways, while the automatic version offers a mileage of 10kmpl in city and 12.21kmpl on highways. The SUV is available in FWD (LT) and adaptive all wheel drive (LTZ) system.
Performance and Handling
The engine is more powerful and refined than before. The NVH levels are well-controlled. The engine sound isn’t audible at idle and high RPMs. The ride quality is firm and balanced. But, the heavy gearshift and clutch are troublesome for city driving. The high torque levels minimize the gearlever usage. The turbo-lag is significant till 1800rpm, and there is power surge that eases overtaking. The electric steering is responsive, but isn’t satisfactory. The front McPherson strut with twin tube gas pressure strut and rear multi-link, level ride with twin tube gas pressure strut suspension contribute to its handling and drivability.
The front and rear disc brakes perfectly match with its high power and torque capabilities. The ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution), hill descent control system, TCS (Traction control system) and ESP (Electronic stability program) further enhance its braking performance, and offer confidence inspiring and safe drive.
Powering the new Captiva is the 2.2-litre 2231cc, 4-cylinder based VCDi (Variable Geometry Turbo Common Rail Direct Injection) turbocharged diesel engine that delivers an impressive performance and fuel efficiency. It is available both manual and automatic transmission option. Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox (LT), it delivers a fuel economy of 11kmpl in city and 14.6kmpl on highways. Whereas, its automatic version offers a mileage of 10kmpl in city and 12.21kmpl on highways.
The new Captive promises a secure drive, which comes equipped with various advanced safety features such as front dual, front side and curtain airbags, ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution), active front headrests, hill descent control system, TCS (Traction control system), ESP (Electronic stability program), front and rear fog lamps, front door safety marker lamp, driver seatbelt warning and front seatbelt pre-tensioner and load limiter.
The new Captiva appeals with its more aggressive and sporty styling. Its interior is carried forward from its predecessor. But, focusing on its comfort and ease level, GM offers some new features such as new fabric seats, dual zone climate system, ambient lighting package and few more. The leather-wrapped seats are comfortable, but third row seats are restricted with space. Powered with 2.2 VCDi diesel unit, it delivers an impressive power and torque output. However, the fuel economy is mediocre. Its manual variant (MT, 2WD) is more frugal than the automatic (AT AWD) version. The ride quality and performance are impressive. General Motors has made significant alterations to the new Captiva.
Chevrolet Captiva Vs Hyundai Santa Fe
Wearing new headlamps, chrome surrounded ‘Chevrolet’ signature dual port grille, revised bumpers, silver painted front and rear skid plates and other styling elements, the SUV managed to look refreshing and more stylish than its predecessor. But, it really doesn’t excite when compared with the Hyundai Santa Fe. The new Santa Fe is one of the most practical and well-designed cars in its league, which is 15 percent rigid than its predecessor.
Based on Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’, it has a universal appeal to attract at a glance. In terms of interior comfort and space, the new Captiva doesn’t come close to the Santa Fe. The beige interior of the new Santa Fe feels very bright and airy. Feature-wise, it has more to offer. The 2199cc, four-cylinder diesel engine of the Santa Fe is relatively more powerful and efficient than the 2.2 VCDi diesel engine of the new Captiva.
The Captiva is more prompt to achieve 0-100kmph with a top speed of 200kmph. This rev-happy engine remains unstressed and quiet at high RPMs. On the other side, with the Santa Fe one can experience engine noise in cabin at low speeds. The handling and driving dynamics of the Santa Fe are better than the Captiva that’s make it an obvious winner in this race.
Pros & Cons
Comfortable seating arrangement
Powerful diesel engine
Acceleration and pick-up performance
Third row space
Mediocre fuel efficiency
Some ergonomic failures like MID at the centre console and handbrake positioning
Significant turbo-lag (around 1800rpm)
Cost of ownership