Large, luxury SUVs aren't normally synonymous with value for money - spacious, sumptuous and stylish, they're often the preserve of the seriously well-heeled.
But for those who can't run to the cost of a prestige-badged model, there's now an extremely tempting alternative.
The new Chevrolet Captiva LTZ combines great looks, fabulous levels of equipment and Chevrolet's iconic 100-year old heritage (it was, after all, the company that invented the SUV) with a price tag that's most definitely not premium - at £27,305 for the manual (£28,630 for the auto), the Chevrolet Captiva LTZ is almost £20,000 cheaper than an entry-level BMW X5 or Range Rover Sport, yet wants for nothing in the standard equipment lists.
Equipped with full leather, climate control, cruise control, electrically-adjustable driver's seat, automatic lights and wipers, bold 18-inch alloys, unique rear light clusters, privacy glass, ESC and electrically-folding door mirrors as just some of its standard specification, the LTZ is by far the best-equipped Chevrolet Captiva ever offered.
But it also offers two new innovations never seen previously on the model, namely a reverse-parking camera and a touch-screen satellite navigation unit with 7-inch display.
Using the display screen, the reverse parking camera comes in addition to audible distance sensors to assist the driver when squeezing into the tightest of spots, as well as offering a greater all round view of the car, picking up a view lower than that the driver gets through the back window.
The sat nav incorporates Points of Interest and postcode search, plus USB input compatibility for music and video clips, and is standard equipment on both variants of the Chevrolet Captiva LTZ - the auto and the manual.
The two options are both powered by a 150PS 2.0-litre VCDi engine and offer combined fuel economy figures of 38.2mpg for the manual, and 32.8mpg for the auto. The manual emits 197g/km of CO2, the auto 225g/km.
On sale now, the Chevrolet Captiva LTZ becomes the flagship of the superb value Chevrolet range, alongside the new Chevrolet Spark city car and the high quality, stylish Chevrolet Cruze saloon - other new models that clearly highlight the direction of Chevrolet in the UK.Published 4 May 2010