2013 Chevrolet Captiva Review
2013 Chevrolet Captiva SUV is now also available in two new variants: the 2.2 liter turbo diesel and 2.4 liter petrol engine. The Chevrolet’s midsize SUV has been selling record numbers, and with the new Captiva seven seater in particular finding plenty of customers on the strength of a great value for money package.
Chevrolet’s midsize SUV is made in South Korea. The 2013 Chevrolet Captiva range opens with the 5 seater front wheel drive 2.4 liter petrol produces 123kW at 5600 rpm and 230Nm of torque at 4600 rpm. The 2.2 liter turbo diesel Captiva delivers 135kW of power at 3800 rpm and 400Nm at 2000 rpm.
The 7 seater front wheel drive Captiva range opens with the same 2.4 liter petrol and 2.2 liter turbo diesel. The all wheel drive comes with 2.2 liter turbo diesel and 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine.
2013 Chevrolet Captiva Performance
Both petrol engines of 2013 Chevrolet Captiva will run on E85 ethanol fuel. The suspension is MacPherson strut front and independent four link rear with self leveling to compensate for a full load.
The brakes are ventilated discs with stability control, hill descent control and hill start assist.
The 2013 Chevrolet Captiva with petrol engine is able to shift its fairly hefty mass around the town without struggling, although neither overload with torque which is the very first thing ingredient in any SUV.
The 2.4 liter Captiva is probably the best pick among these two petrol engines. The torque is more accessible than the 3.0 liter V6 and more efficient in gas mileage. The 3.0 liter V6 is pretty struggling around hilly country, that’s why it will also use more fuel.
The 2013 Chevrolet Captiva liter turbo diesel is another story; it delivers strong, refined pulling power across the rev range and works perfectly with the six speed automatic transmission.
The suspension is quite firm by midsize SUV standard, so it doesn’t lean too much in the corner even tough it’s quite tall. Understeer at moderate speeds is also minimal; the overall handling is really good and secure. The 2013 Chevrolet Captiva’s ride is also firmer than most SUVs.
Inside the 2013 Chevrolet Captiva
The interior is not style central, but it is easy enough to live with in most respects. The dash layout is functional and reasonably simple with clear instruments.
The firmly padded driver’s seat cushion is flat and the backrest has minimal bolstering. There’s enough ravel and height adjustment for tall drivers. And the wheel is also reach-adjustable.
The middle row is a flat, low, firm bench, with an adjustable backrest. Legroom is efficient for most adults.
The back stalls are more spacious, supportive and comfortable than most SUVs, quite suitable for kids up to teenagers.
Overall, the 2013 Chevrolet Captiva is offering best value for money in its class with efficient, versatile interior packaging.