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Chevrolet Captiva 2.2lt LTZ 2011 review


Overall towcar rating

*****


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Key information

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Year of manufacture: 2011
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.2litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 34 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 28 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 1778 kg
  • Nose weight: 80 kg
  • Body type: 4x4

Towcar summary

What's good?

Interior space and driving comfort
Quiet

What's bad?

No spare wheel

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

plenty of power and a need to watch the speed on the motorways

Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

Nice to drive and a comfortable and relaxing position

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Looks great in White Pearl

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?

plenty of storage space and easy back seat lowering and a flat load space

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?

New

Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

Could not do more and recommended several people who have also purchased

 

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12 Comments

Couldn't agree more. I have a 13 plate auto Captiva and it is probably the best tow car I have owned and I've had a few!

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GBHostmaster
Jul 18 2013 08:29 pm

Great car, comes highly recommended plus the price makes it attractive.

I would mirror all of the positive comments above and add the following ..

 

  • Interior space is amazing and with seats folded down etc you can fit a wardrobe in, but not advisable when towing..
  • The 80kg nose weight is a bit restrictive but can be overcome by ensuring you don't overload the front locker
  • The Fuel Economy is poor at around 22mpg towing my Twin Axle, but not sure if I should expect any better from this type of vehicle (mines an Automatic LTZ)
  • The only other issue is the DPF Cycle kicking in every 500 miles, usually occurs at the wrong moment, i.e. when your towing up a big hill and results in the power output reducing dramatically

 

That said it is the most solid and comfortable car I have ever owned and tows superbly, very stable .....

I too have the 13 plate auto and like others consider it the best tow car ever from all angles. In the past I have had Honda Crv, Kia Sorrento, Volvo xc 90 and the Captiva surpasses them all. The on the downside for me is that it is a Motability vehicle and has to be changed in March next year and they have stopped importing the Captiva. I have not option but to change and don't really want to!

I too have the 13 plate auto and like others consider it the best tow car ever from all angles. In the past I have had Honda Crv, Kia Sorrento, Volvo xc 90 and the Captiva surpasses them all. The on the downside for me is that it is a Motability vehicle and has to be changed in March next year and they have stopped importing the Captiva. I have not option but to change and don't really want to!

Is it not possible to purchase the car off Motability and then claim DLA instead of having the car???

The Captiva is a styling varient of the Vauxhall Antara, or the other way round depending on how you look at it. My Antara is a great towcar so the Captiva should be as well. Even the dreaded dpf issues are no worse than on most diesel 4x4s
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maplecottage
Mar 09 2015 11:18 am

That's interesting - friends have Vauxhall Antara and he really rates it as a tow car.  Must admit, we all went to the NEC in it and I was quite impressed.

What is dpf im thinking of buying a captiva ???

What is dpf im thinking of buying a captiva ???


Diesel Particulate Filter. All current diesel cars have them to pass emmissions tests, some cars manage the regeneration process better than others.

why is that a problem on the captiva ???

thanks kev

why is that a problem on the captiva ???
thanks kev


I would not call it a problem, it is just that on the Antara/Captiva the dpf management is a bit clumsy. You can tell when it is doing it from the onboard computer and hear the cooling fan running after you switch the engine off if it has not finished.

ive gone and done it i brought a 63 plate captiva ltz 2.2 auto fully loaded 

roll on next tuesday