Citroen revealed its debut car for the Indian market, the C5 Aircross, earlier this year. The SUV will launch in India on April 7, 2021, and will be brought to our shores as a CKD import. The French automaker currently has 10 showrooms across India, dubbed “La Maison Citroen“, with plans to add more in the near future.
The two closest competitors to the Citroen C5 Aircross in the Indian market are Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. Here, we compare the C5 Aircross vs Hyundai Tucson, to help you choose the best SUV for yourself this year.
Citroen C5 Aircross Vs Hyundai Tucson- Specifications
The Citroën C5 Aircross is powered by a single 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine and can generate 177 hp and 400 Nm of peak power and torque, respectively. Transmission options are limited to a single option, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, which sends power to the front wheels.
|Citroen C5 Aircross – Specifications|
|Engine||2.0L, inline-4, turbocharged, diesel|
|Max Power||177 PS|
|Max Torque||400 Nm|
On the other hand, Hyundai Tucson has two engine options. The first is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, which can develop 152 hp and 192 Nm. The other is a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which has 185 hp and 400 Nm.
The petrol engine is only available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while the diesel mill only has an 8-speed automatic transmission. As standard, the car is available in FWD format, but an AWD option is available on the diesel model.
|Hyundai Tucson – Specifications|
|Engine||2.0L, inline-4, naturally aspirated, petrol||2.0L, inline-4, turbocharged, diesel|
|Max Power||152 PS||185 PS|
|Max Torque||192 Nm||400 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed AT||8-speed AT|
Citroen C5 Aircross Vs Hyundai Tucson- Design
|Dimensions||Citroen C5 Aircross||Hyundai Tucson|
|Length||4,500 mm||4,480 mm|
|Width||1,840 mm||1,850 mm|
|Height||1,710 mm||1,660 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,730 mm||2,670 mm|
We think Citroen C5 Aircross is superior in design. You get a pair of vertically split headlights, which seamlessly blend into the front grille. The Citroen logo is also integrated into the grille and is a unique design element. Other than that, the car has a set of 18-inch machine-cut aluminum wheels, LED taillights, and large roof rails.
The Hyundai Tucson packs a punch on the road, thanks to its bulging, sharp headlights, cascading front grille, and 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels. However, the car has been around for almost half a decade and therefore looks old. Hyundai has already launched the new generation version in some international markets and we expect the new generation model to arrive in India soon.
The C5 Aircross is 20mm longer and 50mm taller than the Hyundai Tucson. Although the Tucson is 10mm wider, C5 Aircross has a longer wheelbase by a margin of 60mm, Overall, the Citroën SUV wins the exterior comparison, thanks in large part to its great design.
Citroen C5 Aircross features a dark interior, with a meticulously designed instrument panel with square air conditioning vents. The car also has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and the multi-function steering wheel has a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster behind it.
The car has leather seats with a unique and beautiful modular design, with a second-row tilt feature as well. The vehicle offers features such as an on/off button, gesture tailgate, ambient cabin lighting, heated and powered ORVM devices, panoramic sunroof, hands-free parking, automatic IRVM dimming, power-adjustable driver’s seat and e-parking brake, and dual-zone climate control.
Hyundai Tucson has a different approach to interior design. The dash slopes slightly towards the driver and you get an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with a floating-type touchscreen. There are plenty of soft-touch surfaces in the cabin, adding to the premium feel, though the overall design is relatively dull. The instrument cluster consists of analog discs with MID in the center.
Other features offered include an electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seat, automatic IRVM dimming, electric and heated ORVM devices, second-row reclining seats, hands-free tailgate, dual-zone climate control, and push-button on-off, e-parking brake, and a panoramic sunroof. Tucson also features Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car technology, which adds additional convenience.
Citroen C5 Aircross Vs Hyundai Tucson- Price
The Hyundai Tucson is currently priced at Rs. 22.55 Lakh to Rs. 27.33 lakh(ex-showroom). It is a good car overall but is in dire need of a major upgrade. We believe that Hyundai should replace the current Tucson with a new generation version that is already in our market.
As for the Citroen C5 Aircross, its price has yet to be revealed, but it is speculated that it will have a starting price of Rs. 30 lakh(ex-showroom). Although it is expected to be more expensive than the Tucson, the C5 Aircross is the most exciting offering, with a new design and many features.