Our cars: Santa Fe, Captur and Octavia

  • Santa Fe’s sweeping waistline hampers visibility
  • Stop-start system takes a while to warm up in the Captur
  • Octavia’s cabin is filled with handy cubbyholes
Santa Fe's sweeping waistline looks great, but hampers rear visibility
Santa Fe's sweeping waistline looks great, but hampers rear visibility

Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Renault Captur and Skoda Octavia.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Being a photographer means I'm more of a ‘visual’ person, but let’s face it – we're all suckers for a good design with loads of flair.

So I must admit to having a bit of a soft spot for the way the Santa Fe looks, and not just from one or two angles. The front grille has loads of presence without being too ostentatious.

The rising waistline and crease along the side of the car help make it look much more athletic than it actually is to drive, but it’s also the cause of an everyday niggle. The way that the rear panel kicks up at the back edge of the rear doors might look great, but it reduces your over-shoulder visibility, so much so that it can be tricky to spot even normal-height cars, not just low sporty ones.

I've also noticed that this has an effect on the third row of seats, which can feel quite claustrophobic. Still, this shouldn’t stop you buying one – just consider taking passengers with you for the test drive to see what they think.

By Will Williams
Neil.Williams@whatcar.com

Read all of our updates on life with our Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CDRi.

In the car park

Deputy content editor Ed Callow wonders why the Renault Captur’s stop-start system is having so much downtime of late.

Web test editor Barnaby Jones is simply delighted by the myriad cubbyholes in the Skoda Octavia’s cabin.

Read more about our long-term fleet.

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