Sporty looks and versatility are the first things that come to mind with the Captiva LTZ Diesel. I can’t help but think that the Captiva was never really intended to go off-road, with its 19inch wheels and limited ground clearance of only 178mm. So it settles it, it’s a city slicker!
Hold on, not so fast. The Captiva 2.2 diesel features a 135kw turbo diesel engine with 400nm torque which is mated to a six speed automatic transmission with speedshift, or tiptronic or whatever you want to call it. It’s smooth, has ample power and the torque converter does a great job in keeping all that power from thrusting you back in the seats when you accelerate a little to briskly. Speaking of, with added all-wheel drive traction, the Captiva feels really quick out of the gate with 0-100kph coming up in 10.1 seconds. Not too shabby for something the size of the Captiva with its 7 people carrying capability.
The Captiva 2.2 LTZs interior is wrapped in black leather with a pretty good interior to match. The high seating position gives you a good command over the road with a multifunction steering wheel that lets you control all the necessary bits like your Bluetooth activated phone, Radio and cruise control. You can access the on-board computer’s details by pressing the allocated buttons around the screen. I found the computer pretty nifty with its built in electronica compass, estimated range, current fuel consumption and average speeds. Speaking of estimated range and fuel economy, the Captiva has a 65l tank and fluctuated a little here and there, but in the end we settled on about 9l/100km and we had a total fuel range of about 700km. I’m sure we could have stretched that up to around the 800mark, if we drove a little more cautiously.
The Captiva’s road holding was pretty good for a SUV. Face it, not all SUV’s are created equal. Some are meant for the bush and some for the city. I’m afraid that the only real off-road the Captiva will run is a gravel road and some mild muddy trails. Anything more than that and you risk damaging that lovely front spoiler. But what it lacks off road, it makes up on with a relatively tight handling body with less body roll than other SUV’s. The road grip is also pretty good, but then again with Macpherson independent struts and independent four link suspension coupled with the 235/50/19inch tires, it should be. It features both hill hold and also downhill assist. I’m not entirely sure of the function of the downhill assist and if it will ever be used with the OEM tires/rim setup, but it’s a nice feature to have.
The Captiva is pretty spacious and even with the 3rd row of seats up, you still have 103l of space. Flip the seats down, and this increases to a massive 1577l. Not cramped by any standard! The 2.2 diesel is also fit for towing and will tow a maximum of 1.7 tons with a braked axle. With the 400nm beneath the bonnet, it should be a breeze!
If you are looking for a luxury true seven-seater SUV with good driving quality and space, the Captiva should be on your list. We really enjoyed the car and recommend you go drive it! The Captiva 2.2LTZ Diesel is priced at R427 500 and comes with a lot of standard kit!