Chevrolet generously gave us a Chevrolet Captiva to enjoy one weekend. I made hubby drive it (most of the time). Here’s his review on the Captiva…
Whether I am bound for the office (which is conveniently located within the metropolis) or on official business headed to some distant provincial city or municipality accessible by land, driving a motor vehicle to whichever destination has become a part of my daily routine – not to mention the slow traffic that has become a sort of identical twin to every driver’s road adventure. Since I acquired my current vehicle – an American-branded auto classified as a mini or sub-compact SUV – late last year, dashboard readings show that I have been driving an average of 56 kilometers a day (if I were to include even weekends and holidays in the counting) with the longest achieved so far at 368 kilometers in just one day. Given the nature of my job that requires me to drive relatively long distances almost every working day, being safe and secure while driving with least bodily inconvenience is of utmost consideration.
Having test-driven the Chevrolet Captiva with the entire family to and from a unanimously-decided destination – a good approximately 84-kilometer distance from the house and the roads of which I am relatively familiar with already and have become quite accustomed to as these are among my common work-related routes and destinations – even for just one weekend has made me appreciate this particular American SUV brand which, in truth, my hands on the steering wheel and my right foot on the pedals are new to (though driving in general I have been doing for more than two decades already).
I am not much into the technicalities and specifications of the vehicle itself as I am more into the comfort it can actually provide me with while my concentration is sucked into the “black hole” of driving retreat. Add to it the happiness that can be gained while spending time on the road with no less than loved ones (i.e. my wife, my two children, and my mother-in-law) enjoying the outside scenery as if making permanently-mounted LED television sets out of the windows. However, rather than just looking outside the vehicle, my children’s eyes were, for the most part, focused on watching their favorite cartoon on DVD which showed on the screen in front as their sense of hearing was heightened by the sounds created by a strategically-positioned six-speaker system.
For a diesel-powered engine, thinking of limiting your options to just gasoline engine vehicles might seem to be moot and academic as the experience proved as though this particular vehicle was gasoline-powered. I felt that the only parts of my body that were moving – for the most part of the driving experience outside the realm of heavy traffic-laden areas – are my palms and fingers “caressing” the steering wheel and mounted audio controls with great ease and my right foot as if tapping to the beat of a familiar and favorite 80’s new wave song between the accelerator and brake pedals. That’s how comfortable it can get as one drives this vehicle which is “set to redefine compact SUV standards”. And this is the reason I have inferred that this is a particularly dangerous vehicle.
Yes, it is dangerous! Or in the vernacular, “Delikado!” But don’t get me wrong though because, by “dangerous”, I never meant to say that the Chevrolet Captiva, based on experiential assessment, lacks in safety and security measures and features. What I essentially am getting at is that the driving experience can get so comfortable – so “dangerously” comfortable that one may feel so relaxed and eventually drive literally into slumber (and the rest of life is history). The thing is, before heading to our chosen destination that weekend, I made sure that I had a good night’s rest – enough number of hours of sleep to keep my senses awake until we returned back home. As the designated driver of the moment, less bodily movement that nonetheless converted efficiently into long distances travelled offered, even for a brief moment, my mind’s sudden desire to retire into sleep. Of course, I rose above the challenge of Mr. Sandman and got everyone home safely that night. In addition, I surmise that due to the soft ride suspension system and the relatively spacious interior that the Captiva offered, my children easily found their way, at least twice during the entire duration of the trip, to dreamland.
I am a veteran at driving relatively long distances and I look for the ability to drive with as much ease and convenience to get me through hundreds of kilometers worth of concrete and asphalt pathways. I am also a veteran at utilizing an American vehicle brand and an SUV type at that. That weekend I was faced with another American SUV and I drove it.
After that experience, I simply say: “Chevrolet Captiva, aprub ka sa akin!” because the CAPTIVA is “Class A Performance That Influences Vehicle Approval”.
by Martin Navarro (IG @martin_tini_navarro)
Ugh! How could I beat that post from my husband?! What else can I say?!
I got the Captiva on a payday Friday. Traffic was bad but for the first time in a very, very, very long time, I didn’t mind. I was driving, after all, an automatic SUV (fyi: I drive a manual sedan… yep… even the windows are manual). The controls are also easy to figure out, from the aircon to the radio/dvd/gps monitor. I wanted to go out that night, but I knew I had a long day the next day. Hubby and I planned a road trip to Tagaytay to test this baby. I was looking forward to our busy weekend.
With a tank full of diesel in our 4 x 2 Captiva, we headed to Tagaytay the next day. No real itinerary really, wherever the car would take us. The Captiva can comfortably seat 7 if you put up the last row. We kept the seats down coz we brought a cooler for our trip to the market. Still, my mom, yaya, and the kids were comfy in the 2nd row.
We had a smooth drive on SLEX all the way up to Tagaytay. I’m used to driving manual and the times that I drive automatic, I notice a slight jerk whenever the car “goes up a gear”. I didn’t feel that with the Captiva. Engine was quiet too, no rattling sound I always associate with cars running on diesel.
My sons didn’t mind the long drive because they were busy watching DVD. While they were busy with that, mommy took a nap. We left Manila late and caught the rain in Tagaytay. We were not worried, the Captiva performed well in this condition, even when the road was a bit scary for me. I wondered how it would fare in Marikina flood…
unfortunately I didn’t get to find out.
We decided to have lunch at Mahogany Market, visited the Guinness Book of World Records holder “Puzzle Museum”, had snacks at Mushroom Burger, and went shopping at the outlet stores in Paseo, Sta. Rosa. By the end of the day we were sooooo tired and the Captiva was so full!
The next day, I used it again to bring my son to his football practice. Perfect car for a soccer mom!
I’d say, the Captiva lived up to its name. Here are some of the features that stand out for me:
- Automatic headlights – because I have drained my car batteries many times for forgetting to turn off my headlights
- Roomy interior
- Mounted controls on the steering wheel for the radio/entertainment console
- The height – I like big cars
- Press button electronic hand breaks
- Rear park assist and rear window defogger
Just to give you an idea, the Captiva starts at Php1,398,888.00 for the 4 x 2 AT diesel variant. It comes with a 5-year Chevy warranty and a 3-year free 24/7 roadside assistance. To know more about the Chevrolet Captiva, visit the nearest Chevrolet dealership and test drive one today! You can also check out www.chevrolet.com.ph or like the Chevrolet FB page.
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