“I vividly remember attending the launch of the Chevrolet Captiva in 2008, partly because it was one of the very first launches I attended back in the day, but also because the Chevrolet brand was still quite new in South Africa, especially in terms of SUVs. I tested both the 3.2 V6 LTZ and the 2.4 LT, loving the former for its looks and power and hating the latter for exactly the same reason. While I never had the opportunity to test the diesel model in the range, I suspect I would have preferred it to its petrol counterparts in much the same way as I prefer the brand new Captiva 2.2D in the current range.
While the improvements to the petrol engines in the current range are notable and impressive, my week-long test of the new diesel Captiva just confirmed the opinion I expressed at its launch a few weeks ago: this is possibly the best Captiva yet, and largely because of its engine. This 2.2-litre unit, a latest generation common rail unit with variable geometry turbocharger, produces 135 kW of power at 3 800 r/min and 400 Nm of torque at 2 000 r/min. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which drives the power to all four wheels. Compared to other vehicles in its segment, the new engine positions the Captiva extremely competitively and, in my opinion, should move it onto more potential buyers’ shortlists.” Read the full review by Christo Valentyn on DieselDrive.co.za.