Test Drive - Chevrolet Captiva LTZ AWD Interiors

03/09/2009 - 07:31 | ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja


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The Captiva is one of the most handsome looking SUVs money can buy. Look at those big chunky head lamps, roof rails and huge OVRm’s which provide awesome visibility.

Stand in front of it and you realize its imposing dimensions. The most attractive part is its front-end. But the same can’t be said about its rear which is absolutely plain and makes you feel like it’s a MUV rather than a SUV.

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The saving grace is the twin exhaust pipes surrounded by a silver strip which add flair. OVRM’s have inserted turn indicator which gives it an up market feel.

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Also there is a little scoop on the silver-bordered front fenders that lends it extra sportiness. Big and chunky door handles draped in chrome and the steel plate around the luggage loading area work as fashion accessories to this rugged model. Overall a great menacing looking machine which will provide you the asked snob factor.

Paint Job:-

Paint job is of great quality, fit and finish is of the level you expect from a vehicle of this segment.


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This big man rides on 17” alloys. These massive 17” feet wears 235/60 Hankook shoes which helps it in jogging or running on our unpredictable Indian roads with little fuss. A must add Captiva’s alloy wheels are possible one of the best looking alloys you can find factory fitted.


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Enter the Chevy’s cabin and you will be greeted with colors. Beige, Black, Silver and Wood it has got all of them, Chevy has used the mixture of colours to the perfection. The clocks are big and easy to read. The plastic quality is not something which is directly coming from German factories which set new benchmarks but it is nevertheless acceptable.

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The Captiva’s driver seat sits higher than the other soft roaders and gives you the fantastic SUV feel, you get a great commanding view of the environment. The driver seat is electronically adjustable but doesn’t offer memory function.

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The steering is rack adjustable and doesn’t come with a reach option. There is a lot in here to satisfy the gadget head in you, the steering has got music controls which are easy to use and work pretty well. The display above the music system shows the trip computer, digital compass and A.C mode information. The Captiva’s cabin also scores high on utility front, there are lots of cubby holes and storage spaces.

Inside the Captiva’s cabin:-

- The steering wheel diameter, surprisingly it is actually very big. Downside is it is not chunky to grip, which is quite an annoying factor.

- A special mention about its huge glove box, which can house your cabin luggage!

just kidding actually its big enough to carry all your knick knacks around

- Another special mention is the APC (Automatic pollution control) switch in the dashboard which toggles from fresh air mode to re-circulate mode automatically if it senses air pollution outside is at a harmful level.


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The ICE (In Car Entertainment) in this big Chevy sounds good and offer a pleasing sound to your decibels but what purely it misses is a bit of tight bass which would have made it a real killer. The system here can store up to 20 FM channels which satisfy your grunt for Radio. Overall a nice ICE.


The front seats of Captiva offers good support and can house the person of any frame. The seats are bit flat but otherwise, the very comfortable front seats offer good support. The middle row offers decent leg space which is a boon for the long journeys.

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The Captiva is one of the widest SUVs, actually it is even few mm’s wider than Endy and that makes it house three persons in a comfort shoulder to shoulder. The under thigh support isn't all that great, but certainly not iffy like Endy which will make you cry in long journeys.

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The third row is best suited for kids, they fold very easily at a push of button to make space in which you can house your flat - well if you need to house your bungalow all you need to do is a push another button for the middle row to fold. Overall a nice and comfortable place to find yourself in.

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