Chevrolet is still an emerging brand in the UK, which is both a good and a bad thing for those considering a Captiva. It’s good because it means Chevrolet has to try to offer the customer more for less in an attempt to establish itself as a player in the market.
It’s bad because in terms of depreciation the market rarely trusts an unknown name, especially when it comes from America. Having said that, the entire operation is based out of Luton, which means the after-sales is strong and the warranty is attractive.
On the downside, pricing is an issue. In the UK, you won’t get a Captiva with seven seats and four-wheel drive – both of which you’d surely want from a family 4x4 this big – for much less than £28,000. That’s because Chevrolet’s UK range doesn’t allow you to have the Captiva’s entry-level engine or equipment spec in combination with seven seats or four-wheel drive.
And the trouble with that, for Chevrolet at least, is that you can have a Hyundai Santa Fe with seven chairs and four-driven wheels for about £3000 less. And although it’s got a more utilitarian flavour, the Hyundai’s an equally refined and spacious car.
Chevrolet’s front-wheel-drive five-seat Captiva is better value, but still isn’t market-leading on price.
The new engines brought in at facelift time in 2011 were essential to ensure Chevrolet didn't get left behind on fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The pre-facelift 2.0-litre diesel's figure, of more than 230g/km, didn't do the Captiva any favours on fleet costs or BIK bills, and the now-mothballed 2.4-litre petrol was the least desirable of the range.