In-depth reviews

Chevrolet Captiva owner reviews

"The Chevrolet Captiva boasted seven-seat practicality and plenty of kit for not a lot of money"

Carbuyer Rating

2.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.5 out of 5

54%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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  • 2reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Engine (1 cases)
  • Electrics (2 cases)
  • Other (4 cases)
  • Brakes (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

LT

Year of registration

2011

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
One of the worst vehicles I have bought. Turbo charger, a major engine part, failed at 43,234km. Can you imagine a major engine part failing at 43,234km? Engine is a big problem in the Captiva. As it is GM is a average car company. And In India, we thought Chevrolet is a well known brand. I also own a Honda Accord and a Hyundai Santro for last seven years and I never faced any problem like these.
Reliability

1 out of 5

You never know when the engine will fail.
Performance

1 out of 5

Very poor performance. Never recommend this GM brand to anyone.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Very less mileage per litre of diesel.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

LT

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

22
Review
This is the worst car I have ever owned. I would not recommend a Captiva to anyone. It is in the shop again after leaving me and my granddaughter without a ride home once again. This is the fourth time in three months I have been left with a dead car and had to call someone to come pick me up.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Has been excellent, no problems at all.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Not bad for the size of the car, two new tyres were quite expensive though.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

LT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
The secret's not out yet. Which is why you don't see many captivas around, but with very competitive pricing, oodles of practicality, reasonable running costs and good looks, i don't think it will be long. This is a well put together beastie, which if you're looking for loads of room with a seven seat option, makes very good sense. For such a large vehicle, it's suprisingly frugal, returning 40+ mpg on a motorway run & 30+ mpg around town when driven carefully. The high driving position is excellent, giving good visibilty and making the captiva easy to drive considering its large size. The 2.0l diesel engine is also suprisingly capable, but not quite as refined as some others out there. The seating is very comfortable, even the extra 2 seats, although these two seats are not really suited to an adult on an extended journey. The ride quality is also good. Firm, but not too firm and able to soak up pot holes without fuss. The on demand all wheel drive system works very well, only coming into play when the front wheels lose traction. It coped excellently in the recent heavy snow and ice. One niggle though is the turning circle. Yes it's a big vehicle, but other similar sized vehicles turn in a slightly smaller area. It's not really a problem once you get used to it. The interior feels plush and there's plenty of gadgets in there without having to go for the top of the range. It's not got the qudos of an x5, q7, disco' , (which i've driven), etc, but then it's absolutely nowhere near the same price to buy or run. Don't be put off by the chevvy badge either, it's general motors, and by all accounts, the vauxhall antara is pretty much the same vehicle. I can't comment on reliabilty, as i've only had this vehicle for a month, but there's a three year warranty as standard on new ones. It seems very well screwed together and there's nothing that gives immediate concern. If the captiva sounds like it fits your requirements, take a look at one. I think, all things considered, you'll be very pleasantly suprised.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

LT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Superb

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

LTX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

CDTi LTX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Hated it. Appalling car. Will not bother with chevrolet again.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Review
electrical niggles
Running Cost

2 out of 5

more thirsty than published figures

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

26
Review
had no problems to date
Running Cost

4 out of 5

apart from fuel had no other expences

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

LTX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Good performance. nice styling, good ride, good car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Lt, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Very good value, so far so good,

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Captiva LTZ All wheel drive 3.5 liter

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Review
Less than a month after purchasing my wife and I drove from St. Louis out through Kansas, Colorado to Utah/Nevada and back through Arizona, N. Mexico and Oklahoma. Great car for either highway or off road. Gas mileage could be better but plenty of power. This winter my wife had no problems with rain, sleet, snow or ice. One concern and at this point not an issue is with a slight vibration/noise between 30-55 miles and hour. This may be common with all wheel drive?
Reliability

5 out of 5

We have no problems.
Performance

5 out of 5

Great in all kinds of road conditions.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Not real good gas maileage.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
no problems so far
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Heavier on fuel than I would have liked, but this is balanced out by an excellent service package

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Had no problems
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Fuel consumption is not too bad for a car of this size.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Car is hazardous to your pets. One of our dogs slipped his leg between the back seat backs and rear platform and was badly cut. Needless to say he was not quiet and he did bleed profusely. The same could happen to people. There is angle iron under the rear platform that would take anyone's skin off.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
No major issues encountered

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2.0 diesel LT

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
"Not good to drive" - what rot - I've owned Porsches, Mercedes and Alfas and whilst it doesn't fall into any of those categories, my Captiva drives extremely well considering its size. It's a hardy workhorse with an excellent torquey engine and if they were still being sold in the UK I'd get another like a shot.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

2.2

Year of registration

65

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

1100
Review
Alarm goes off all the time. Doors lock. Turbo went within two years. 2 sets of discs all round. Gear linkage went replaced twice. Just gone 3 time engine warning light. Electrical things don't work, took it to garage no fault found - worst car in world. Oh, and recall on starter motor 6 months until they get parts rest of world recalled 2 years ago stopped selling in UK so don't buy secondhand. Death trap gear linkage went on motorway and pulling onto motorway started making noise on way home and smell and linkage went. Can't afford to keep cant afford to get new car.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

2.2 LTZ

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I bought this cat brand new from the dealer. The car looks great and had everything we required. The £10,000 off the list price also helped. After 5 weeks we had gearbox problems. The car was off the road for 3 days while the gearbox and rods were replaced as we could not change gear. 6 months later drive shaft joint failed. This was also replaced with the car off the road for another 2 days. Flywheel was also replaced as more knocking noises from the engine compartment. Now the steering column has to be replaced as there is a knocking noise coming from that. All the above have been replaced under warranty otherwise the car would be off the road as the costs involved fairly mount up. I have just teased this car in to buy another SUV but not a Chevrolet.
Reliability

2 out of 5

Apart from the parts that had to be fixed the car was reliable enough
Performance

4 out of 5

The car is powerful enough for overtaking and I was impressed with its performance for the size of car
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Depends on your driving style, could be better

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

LT 2.2 VCDi

Year of registration

2012

Bought Car

Used
Review
I love this car, it fits everything in! Even 7 big lads going to a concert! The reviews about the small back seats are incorrect, 6ft odd people are fine! Drives well and feels sturdy! Heavy on diesel mind, but that's to be expected.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2.2 VCDi LT (AWD)

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
I bought this car ex-demo a few months old and £10k off list price - bargain! That said I would have been disappointed if I had paid full price as the fit, finish and quality of the interior of the car is not as good as my old VW Touran which this has replaced. On saying that though this is a good car with plenty of kit on board, including DAB radio, auto lights/wipers, dual zone climate control and part leather interior. I've just been on a long driving holiday in it up to Scotland and it's been brilliant, storming up the motorway (with cruise control) and handling with ease some of the challenging and steep minor roads that we found. It's comfortable, reasonably efficient on the motorway (I've got just over 40mpg with a light right foot). It's got a comfortable and lofty driving position, it has undeniable road presence and looks good. It's due it's first service soon (will have done 10,000 miles in 9 months) so I'll take a view on costs after that. So far I've been very impressed with this car.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Been very reliable so far - nothing's fallen off!
Performance

5 out of 5

The performance of this car is good for its size. 1st and 2nd gears are quite low (probably for towing and off road use) but once into third you can rapidly make progress using all of the power and torque. I've found on the motorway, that if you need to make progress you'll need to drop into 5th, but it soon picks up, you wouldn't be embarrassed if you took it on the Autobahn!
Running Cost

3 out of 5

A car that has AWD and weighs 2 tonnes is never going to be cheap to run. On saying that I average about 35mpg on my daily commute which I attribute to the stop/start system which works well once you get used to it. On a run I've achieved 40mpg, but nowhere near the values claimed in the brochure.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

cdlzt, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

Used
Review
Only had car three weeks! Better than expected, hoping for better fuel economy/performance as running-in progresses, only dissapiontment is the vagueness of the instruction book plus no wiring diagram,other- wise veh.is ecellent inc. tv/dvd player & blue tooth [heated seats a bonus!]

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

LTX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Good all rounder Good value for money Realiable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

LT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great car. Spend a lot of time driving, only complaints; no 6th gear (i understand the new model will have 6th gear) and the radio reception is rubbish. Vauxhall model has a roof aerial!!!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

LS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very under rated

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Few problems but only minor
Running Cost

3 out of 5

As expected on a 2.4 petrol

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

LT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very big and practical for family with the 7 seats. Smooth ride for driver and passengers. Gears slightly knotty and engine can be a bit gruff, but for the price i paid at motorpoint, which 8k off list price, i'm a very happy customer. Its not as refined as an audi or bmw from the same class, but its much better value for money and does what it says on the tin!!

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

LS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Good large faqmily run about and a nice looking car as i alway wanted one ideal for family work horse.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Ls, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Nice car Good value for money Suits my needs as needed to be able to carry electric wheelchair in the boot Not first choice if car But worked out £4000 cheaper than any other suitable car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

LTZ, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

s, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
There have been a few problems with rear wash wipe failures (sometimes dumps water in rear of car) , cd/radio replaced ,trim parts replaced , one part of which hit the wind screen at 70 mph, Steering bushing replaced due to wear....at about 13000mls. The car is or would e a great car only for some shoddy parts and some areas of bad design features , an example... wind screen wiper area ices up badly in snow (fills with ice & snow) and wipers cannot be warmed up as they lie below the heated area of the wind screen. They then become if they work two large blocks of ice trying to clear the window. Chevey could do better.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellant... no problems... fits my usage and life style.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

LT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Bought to replace ford focus estate, as due to remote rural location and difficult access to my house in winter is difficult. I was slightly dubious as to how well the on demand 4 wheel drive would perform, but has worked well and is almost impossible to tell when it kicks in, but kick in it does, and to date i haven't needed any assistance either by digging, pushing or towing along a 200 yard track in poor condition with a steep slope up to the house, even in deep snow.

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