Captivating style

Outwardly, the updated Santa Fe can be distinguished by the new radiator grille, darkened headlamps, new tail lamp clusters, the new ‘crossover' badge on the tailgate and the different alloy wheel designs. The darkened head lamps and the new grille do give the big SUV a sportier face but the Santa Fe still looks heavy and bulbous along the flanks and the rear.

The changes on the new car are subtle to say the least and most of us might require a magnifying glass or squint our eyes to differentiate the new car from the old.

Despite the facelift, the Santa Fe hardly looks as contemporary as its Tucson baby brother. The Chevy though, looks rather fresh and appealing in comparison despite having no changes to its exterior since its launch almost three years ago.

The Captiva looks athletic and dynamic compared to the Hyundai thanks to looks that are derived from Chevy's 2004 S3X concept model. The large air intakes at the front gives it an aggressive face while the sloping roofline further enhances its dynamic stance and the black wheel arch extensions give it a rugged and active feel. The Captiva is a purposeful looking SUV - in fact I reckon it's the most handsome large SUV in its price range.

Inside, the Captiva doesn't feel or look as contemporary or as sporty as its exterior though. The instrumentation, switchgear and overall layout of the dashboard don't look as modern and as good as those on the newer Cruze. The centre console looks especially cluttered thanks to the myriad of knobs and the two separate displays for the climate system and the stereo. It's a well-equipped cabin though, offering a factory fitted stereo with steering wheel controls and cruise control among other kit.

The Chevy offers a near spot on driving position thanks to a wide range of electrical adjustments for the driver's seat. The view out is fantastic thanks to its tall height. The second row offers sufficient head and legroom. As in most other seven seater SUVs' access to the third row will be a tad challenging to some due to the narrow door opening and the height of the vehicle. The Captiva offers reasonably OK legroom in the third row but headroom is a tad lacking due to the sloping roofline.

The third row in the Hyundai offers as much legroom as the Captiva but headroom is a tad better due to the more upright rear. The Santa Fe offers air con vents for second row while there's that same commanding driving position as the Chevy up front. The front seats though, aren't as comfortable as those in its competitor here.

The Santa Fe's driving environment isn't as cluttered as the Captiva's but it doesn't look as contemporary as some Hyundai models like the i30 and Tucson. The switchgear look and feel like they're from a previous generation Hyundai and the aftermarket stereo head unit don't help in the perceived quality area as well. The facelifted car has a new instrument cluster that looks better than the one in the Chevy.

Obviously, the second and third row seats can easily be folded down in both cars to convert them into load luggers if required. Like in most MPVs, with all seats in place, load space is just miniscule in both cars.

Both cars feel properly screwed together and feel reassuringly solid but the plastics and materials used are rather hard and short on quality compared to newer Chevrolet and Hyundai models.



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Engine Capacity 2405cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Bore x Stroke (87.5 x 100)mm
Power 136bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 2200rpm
Power to Weight 76.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 178 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4635 x 1850 x 1755) mm
Wheelbase 2705 mm
Turning Circle 5.75 metres
Kerb Weight 1770 kg
Boot Capacity 80 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs


Engine Capacity 2359cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 174bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 197Nm @ 3750rpm
Power to Weight 90.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 187 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4650 x 1890 x 1795) mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Kerb Weight 1915 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs