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2021 Chevrolet Captiva – Redefining Affordability

The brand new revised version of the Chevrolet Captiva has arrived in UAE and is receiving great response! Although it is not that attractive to look at but is enticing to drive. The best place to check used cars for sale in Dubai, CarSwitch, covers the review of this 5-door wagon in this article. 

The looks

The exterior of the Chevrolet Captiva is a strange affair. It seems as if a tall body has been placed on a tiny chassis. Wheels are kind of small and the wheel-well gap is larger at the back than the front. 

However, there is logic and reason behind this layout. The rear is placed at a higher level so that it does not downside too low when 7 people are seated inside. This is why the wheels appear tiny when they are in fact the standard alloy 17-inches. 

As for the dimensions, the vehicle is as big as the costly crossovers. Roof rails come standard. In Premier and LT trim levels, a shark fin antenna for improved signal reception and a sunroof window which refines signal reception are offered. The modern grille design showcases the Chevrolet badge. 

Visibility is increased by the integrated 3rd rear brake LED light and rear spoiler. The five colors available are silver, white, red, black and brown. Bumper protection around the vehicle is provided. 

The inside

The finishing and fittings are executed brilliantly. Some of the finest details are the actual headlights adjusted low in the bumper and the slit shaped LED daytime lights which cover the indicators. 

A modernized cabin style with the sophisticated leatherette padded dashboard and armrests create a dynamic design. The inside is extremely huge with spacious headroom and legroom. Extra space can be added if the 60:40 split in the second row bench is pulled forward. This will allow more people to fit in the third row. 

A very decent access is provided to the last row and if it is folded, an abundant boot space as found in expensive crossovers is obtained. Enough cup holders and storage spaces are found in all rows of seats. The seats are seen in two-tone fabric. 

A big 8 inches touchscreen is located at the dashboard. Mirrors have the standard indicators attached which are responsible for power-folding in the top-spec Premier model. The button designing, screen and simple center console give off an extravagant feel even though there are no stylish features. 

As an option, a third row split bench and 7 inches gauge cluster screen are given. The cabin area is quiet.

Coming to the features, all the essentials are given. For example, Apple CarPlay, a 6 speaker stereo system, USB ports in all the three seating rows, bluetooth, cruise control, power windows, electric parking brake, a tiny sunroof, halogen lamps and smart keyless entry. 

Other luxury features could be added but to keep the price lower, only these basics are found. However, the AC comes with fancy electronic controls and rear vents. The safety equipment includes ABS, seat belt warning system for front passengers and driver, hill start, rear parking sensors, four airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, brake assist, traction control system, and ESP. 

Power and Performance

The Chevrolet Captiva is fueled by a 4 cylinder, 1.5 liter turbocharged engine which is mated to CVT transmission. Power output is 149 hp and torque is 255 Nm. An energetic and powerful feel of the powertrain is received in the Sport mode. 

It is not a fast vehicle considering how the response is a bit slow in regular mode and it takes 13.1 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kph. However, it is a capable car for daily usage due to flexible suspension and comfort. The engine is supple and quiet even on highways. 

Brakes work nicely and the body roll is not excessive. The all wheel drive is not given but the ground clearance is decent nevertheless. Side impact protection is guaranteed by the dependable steel body attached with side beams. 

Final words

Chevrolet Captiva is basic transportation due to the affordability, functionality and comfort. It is highly practical which makes it a strong competition among rivals. For anyone who’s wondering “how can I sell my car in UAE“, CarSwitch is the place to go. 

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