I always felt that if Chevrolet could combine a bit of American attitude with European efficiency and Far Eastern affordable design, then it would be on to a good thing.
And that’s exactly what they have done with this revised Captiva.
Get behind the wheel and the raised driving position that SUV customers love so much is present and correct.
The original Captiva featured Chevrolet’s first diesel engine of the modern era and though that 150PS 2.0-litre unit was a decent first effort, what was just about acceptable back in 2007 was sounding distinctly rough three years on.
So its replacement in 2011 with the 2.2-litre engine under the bonnet here was timely.
The entry-level front-driven Captiva we’ve concentrating on here has a 163PS version of this unit (as opposed to 184PS), but it’s still good for rest to 62mph in 9.9s on the way to 117mph.
Though it’s aimed at buyers for whom practicality is more important than performance, the provision of this car’s more efficient and refined 2.2-litre diesel engine range is important, lifting it back onto level terms with seven-seater family-sized compact SUV rivals.
But none of those are quite as good looking as this feisty number which should raise Chevrolet’s profile even further.
Whether that’ll justify the prices being asked will be interesting to see.
For the right money, this would be a tempting choice for many active families.
Yours might well be one of them.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 VCDI 163LS
INSURANCE GROUPS: 27
CO2 EMISSIONS: 170g/km
PERFORMANCE: 0-60mph 9.9s / top speed 117mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 44.1 mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: twin front and side airbags, stability control, ABS brakes, hill descent control
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 4635/1850/1755.