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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Running costs

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Chevrolet Captiva running costs are fairly low - it is priced to undercut another budget 4x4 with seven seats - the Hyundai Santa Fe. However, there are cheaper alternatives, such as the SsangYong Rexton. Fuel economy of 37mpg from the manual diesel (32mpg for the auto) is acceptable, and because of the desirability of 4x4s over conventional family cars, depreciation shouldn't be a heavy burden.

Servicing costs can be managed with a one-off payment when ordering a Captiva, covering the car for either 30,000 miles or 60,000 miles. Facelifted models that arrived in 2011 come with improved econonomy of 44.1mpg and 42.8mpg for the 161bhp and 181bhp engines respectively.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,877 - £1,877 *
Diesel 131p £1,323 - £1,861 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 12 months or 10,000 miles.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £200 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 21 - 32
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Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The more popular diesel was previously the greenest model in the Captiva range, but compared to other 4x4s it's not particularly efficient, emitting 191g/km of CO2 and averaging 39mpg. The latest range of diesel engines are cleaner and more economical depsite being more powerful than before. The greenest choice is the 161bhp engine five-seat model with front-wheel drive that emits 170g/km while achieving a competitive 44.1mpg.

The most popular model - the 181bhp with seven-seats and all-wheel drive - has emissions of 174g/km and claimed efficciency of 42.8mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.2 VCDi (163bhp) Diesel 164 g/km (Min) £200
2.0 CDTI Diesel,
2.0 VCDi Diesel
225 g/km (Max) £325 - £555


3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Captiva uses engines that were new to the UK, but which should have seen adequate development to avoid unpleasant mechanical surprises. Service intervals are quite frequent for a modern car, which should ensure any problems that might develop affecting Chevrolet Captiva reliability are picked up before they become serious.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported. Check for off road damage.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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