SUVs, which were considered to be just something for tour purposes have now developed into powerful vehicles carrying so many amenities blended with luxurious arrangements. The SUVs now days represent the bold nature of the owner so the choice of SUV has a lot of value. CR-V is been treated as a benchmark in this segment as everything inside this box is placed right which creates the correct ambiance for perfect luxury. The other SUVs have mostly emerged after the Honda CR-V and are still trying hard to find their way to go ahead of the CR-V. Ford Endeavor, Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Santa Fe are few that are giving a tough competition to Honda. Chevrolet Captiva is one that also holds prestige in the SUV segment and stands near to CR-V. Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Captiva are among the leaders in the SUV market where Honda CR-V is the older one.
The third generation Honda CR-V set the ball rolling in the Rs 20 lakh segment in India. No market research could have predicted the Honda CR-V's overwhelming success; forgotten was the lofty price tag and single digit fuel efficiency (petrol too!), when would-be buyers experienced its immense comfort and car-like dynamics.
The CRV's success paved the way for the Chevrolet Captiva. Sold in Australia as a Holden and designed at Daewoo in Korea, the Chevy badged SUV has got a diesel option which the CR-V lacked (and the market has been crying out for). Unlike the CR-V the Captiva makes do with only front-wheel-drive to translate into not only good fuel efficiency but save on cost as well.- OVERDRIVE
Below is the comparison in terms of major aspect of both the big wheelies. If you too have your opinion, please feel free to mention it in the comments section.
LOOKS Honda CR-V
Looks of the new 2011 Honda CR-V is absolutely modern. Moreover it looks good in most colours. The paint quality is excellent and the finish is brilliant. The vehicle oozes in luxury. The new CR-V has borrowed a lot from the earlier ones. Of course the tall-set tail lamp cluster has undergone a slight change. The brilliance and size of the CR-V comes out better in the premium pearl white colour well complimented with matt black plastic parts.
The Captiva looks awesome in any colour. The car is attractive and gives an impression. Some parts of the Captiva have similarities with the BMW X5 and X3. Of course there are original parts too like the indented bonnet. The edges have been lifted off to blend with the wings.
To put it simply the Honda CR-V looks luxurious whereas the Chevy's Captiva looks rugged. Therefore the CR-V slightly scores over the Captiva in the looks department.
ENGINE Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V has a 2.4-litre engine that develops 141.5 bhp. The engine performs impeccably. The front wheel drive car does not have automatic transmission but its six-speed manual transmission is just great. Gear shifting is effortless. On highways the car returns excellent fuel economy provided it is on sixth gear cruise mode. Captiva has a VCDi 16-valve diesel engine that develops almost 150 bhp at 4000 rpm. It has an impressive torque at 32 kgm (2000 rpm). CR-V has a torque of 19 kgm at 4200 rpm.
For city driving particularly in traffic, CR-V is better suited. It is easy to drive and power remains always handy. At high speeds, CR-V behaves like a car and therefore an automatic transmission would have been a great option. Engine refinement is absolutely superb. Honda is known for its refined engines.
The clutch of Captiva softens only after some time and even if it has turbo you cannot get much power if the rpm is below 1500. However once the vehicle crosses the 1500 mark it is breeze. Chevrolet Captiva offers seamless Power delivery and is a great vehicle to cruise on highways.
Since the CR-V is petrol powered, it is quicker than the Captiva. However, while accelerating from 0-60 the Captiva takes 5.91 seconds and the CR-V 6.05 seconds. The CR-V with i-VTEC engine sprinted to 100 kph a second faster than the Captiva. The top speed speeds of both the cars touch around 170 kph.
The CR-V has got a more refined engine but the Captiva's engine is also equally good and offers a decent fuel economy. However since diesel is cheaper than petrol hence the Captiva is favoured more.
INTERIORS & EXTERIORS
Honda CR-V Interior
2011 Honda CR-V has high quality interior stuff like switchgear, lights, plastic surfaces, leather seats, electric motors for the eight-way adjustable leather seats, dual climate air conditioner and the console mounted gear shifter. The front seats are very comfortable but the rear one's backrest is not comfy because of being upright. However legroom is sufficient and you can get more by sliding the seats back.
Chevrolet Captiva Interior
Chevy's Captiva with loads of plastic stuff does not match the interior of the CR-V. The interior instrumentation is more on gimmick. The storage bin in the middle of the central console is useful but looks odd. To put it simply the interior goes with the rugged exterior.
Chevrolet Captiva has loads of space for people as well as other things including pets. If it is finesse that stirs you then go for the CR-V.
Both the cars cost around Rs 20 lakh. The CR-V looks like an SUV but offers the comforts of a sedan. If you want the economy of diesel, extra space and all-road capability then the Captiva can be a good buy.