Chevrolet Captiva vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe has a slight horsepower advantage but not enough to leave the Captiva in the dust. Just that the Santa Fe is slightly more dramatic in the way it picks up pace – it takes 9.54 seconds to 100kph, which is just 0.1 second faster than the Captiva. The Santa Fe will hit a similar top speed of 190kph. On in-gear acceleration runs from 30-50kph, there’s more of a difference, with the Captiva taking 2.15 seconds compared to the Santa Fe’s 1.90 seconds. Performance figures are quite similar though, it’s only because the Santa Fe’s higher torque surge feels like better performance even if it’s actually small on paper.

Refinement levels are pretty good on both diesel motors. The common rail unit on the Chevy is slightly quieter and the Captiva also isolates road noise better than the Santa Fe. On fuel efficiency, expect the Captiva to deliver 8.3kpl in the city. On the highway, expect to get around 11.5kpl thanks to the tall sixth cog, which keeps the engine going at a lazy 1700rpm at 100kph. The Santa Fe will deliver 8.5kpl in the city and can be expected to return 11.8kpl on the highway.

Both the Captiva and Santa Fe sport on-demand all-wheel drive systems. The Santa Fe goes one step further with a differential lock. You can lock the centre differential, which distributes power evenly between the front and rear axles. We went to find some monsoon mud to see how much the AWDs could take.