A compact SUV market is the most competitive of all SUV markets, mostly because of their affordable prices.2015 Chevrolet Captiva which is unavailable in the US is offered in AustralAsian and select European markets.
2015 year models which have been rebranded to Chevy Captiva Sport Fleet can be found in 1LS, 2LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. Since it is made for overseas markets, diesel powertrain is the only sensible thing that could go with it and so is Captiva offered with a 2.2L diesel I4 engine which gives 160 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque or 181 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, depending on a transmission choice. Beside diesel option which is mated with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, Captiva can have 2.4L ecotec I4 petrol engine with 180 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Slight disappointment comes in drivetrain department with the lack of 4WD option.
New Captiva’s model has reworked front end with small grille and small lower air intake. Headlights are angular and there are two small vertical air inlets just behind wheel arches and at the foot of the front door. Rear end has mid-size roof pillars and vertical triangular tail-lights with chrome garnish below them.
Inside, major changes were made in cabin color department as this small SUV is now offered in darker tones. Minimalistic feel with cloth-trimmed seats and plastic, and few metallic accents is ever-present. Dashboard is nicely designed and has three circular airvents atop the control panel which can have optional LCD screen below them. As far as safety goes, you’ll get an airbag system and standard batch of stability controls with available rearview camera and hill-start assist. That’s pretty much what you would get in any other compact SUV.
Fuel economy ratings are solid, but could have been better. Petrol engine offers 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while diesel models go slightly further at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
2015 Chevrolet Captiva price
Entry level Captiva is 1LS model which costs around $24,370. Opt for a top tier LTZ model and get prepared to pay $29,505 which is affordable, even from a compact SUV’s standpoint.
2015 Chevrolet Captiva offers most things you would expect from a small-scale vehicle. Add to that good looking exterior and neatly designed interior and you’ll get yourself a deal. However, lack of a 4WD option really pokes the eyes, and so does mediocre fuel efficiency.
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