Chevrolet Captiva 2.4 Premium AWD Review: I remember this...

Chevrolet Captiva 2.4 Premium AWD Review: I remember this...

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
31 May 2007

Torque split is controlled via a multi-plate electromagnetic clutch that activates the moment it senses your spinning fronts. The additional, and surprisingly sophisticated (for this SUV in particular) g-force, yaw, accelerator and steering sensors of the ESP, also do a good job of instructing the clutch to give the rears some power in an effort to keep the Captiva pointing in the right direction.

Believe it or not, the front LSD is of the limited-slip kind, but there isn’t a front-rear lock mechanism that is found in the Hyundai SUVs because, really, we doubt you would go into the jungle with this car. Besides, that saves one in the weight department.

The brakes work well, enough to make your gung-ho buddies complain of discomfort when packed into this Chevy – no complaints there!

So why buy it?

This crossover is aimed at Korean products such as the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe. It has the potential to undercut the popular Japanese SUVs without sacrificing quality or major engineering expertise.

A lot of effort has gone into making the Captiva into a credible competitor for established models - and it's paid off. Oh and at a shade of under $100,000 for the highest optioned variant, there is some serious value going on inside this Captiva.

Credits: Text and Photos by Amery Reuben

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