Spec comparison: Citroen C5 Aircross vs Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour
With the Citroen C5 Aircross being priced at the premium end of the segment, its competition comes in the form of the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, as well as lower variants of popular full-size SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The Citroen is brand new for India, but its rivals have all been facelifted/refreshed within the year, with the exception of the Ford Endeavour which was refreshed in 2019 but has seen a new variant (the Endeavour Sport) added to the line-up in 2020. The facelifted VW Tiguan 5-seater will be another option when it's launched shortly. If your buying criteria isn't limited by size, with the Fortuner and Endeavour being significantly larger than the C5 Aircross, Compass and Tucson, those two also bring the added advantage of 7-seater flexibility.
Citroen C5 Aircross dimensions vs rivals
Of the 5-seater SUVs, the Citroen C5 Aircross is the largest, at 4,500mm length, on a 2,730mm long wheelbase. Against the Compass' 4,405mm length and 2,636mm long wheelbase it's especially apparent, though even the Tucson's 4,480mm length and 2,670mm long wheelbase are overshadowed by the C5 Aircross. The Fortuner, at 4,795mm in length, and on a 2,745mm long wheelbase nearly matches the Citroen in its wheelbase, and should give an idea of the space on offer in the smaller Citroen. The Endeavour is the largest, measuring in at 4,903mm in length, and 2,850mm in wheelbase.
Citroen C5 Aircross price vs rivals
Between the 5-seaters, the diesel-only, two-wheel drive Citroen C5 Aircross is the most expensive, by some margin priced between Rs 29.9-31.9 lakh. Equivalent diesel automatic Jeep Compass variants are priced between Rs 26.29 lakh-Rs 28.29 lakh, while the Hyundai Tucson is priced between Rs 24.6-27.33 lakh (all prices ex-showroom).
Notably, all diesel automatic variants of the Jeep Compass also pack in a 4x4 drivetrain, while the top-end Tucson is also AWD. Moving up to the full-size 7-seater SUVs, the diesel automatic Ford Endeavour is priced between Rs 29.9-36.25 lakh, while the equivalent-drivetrain of the Toyota Fortuner carries a tag between Rs 35.2-38.3 lakh, again going from 2WD to 4WD variants at the top. The Compass, Tucson and Fortuner also offer the choice of petrol powertrains, and in the case of the Compass and Fortuner, manual transmissions are also available, further lowering the price of entry to the segment.
Citroen C5 Aircross features vs rivals
The Citroen C5 Aircross is available in two variants - Feel and Shine - with the top-end Shine adding LED headlights, an electronically-operated tailgate, and a panoramic sunroof to the equipments list of the Feel which includes auto headlights, wipers and IRVM, drive modes, powered driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrumentation, front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and 6 airbags to name a few. Omissions you may notice first are the lack of 360-degree parking cameras and connected tech.
The highlights of the most affordable diesel automatic Jeep Compass (Limited (O)) features list include LED tail lights, auto headlights, wipers and IRVM, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment with Uconnect connected tech, panoramic sunroof, 8-way powered driver's seat, rear parking camera and 6 airbags. Moving up to the more expensive Model S gets you LED headlights, 10.25-inch digital instrumentation, 9-speakers, wireless smartphone charging, 360-degree parking camera, and importantly, ventilated front seats.
On the other hand, the Tucson offers LED lighting all around on base models, in addition to powered seats for both front seats, a cooled glovebox, reclining second row, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with BlueLink connected tech, rear parking sensors and camera, and 6 airbags, with the top-end model (GLS) gaining a hands-free electronically operated tailgate, penta projector LED headlights, LED cornering lamps, and front parking sensors.
The Fortuner, recently updated, packs a standard feature list that includes LED lighting all around, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with connected tech, 6-speaker audio (11-speaker JBL audio on 4x4), powered front seats, cooled glovebox, drive modes, and 7 airbags. The Fortuner Legender adds a hands-free tailgate, wireless charging, auto IRVM and leather upholstery, largely.
The Endeavour range, last facelifted in 2019, has a packed feature list at the base end, offering LED lighting all around, auto headlights, wipers and IRVM, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with FordPass connected tech, 8-speaker audio, powered driver seat, dual-zone climate control and 6 airbags. Going up the range gets you powered seats up front, a panoramic sunroof, electronically-folding third row of seats, park assist and an extra airbag for a total of 7 airbags.
Citroen C5 Aircross powertrain vs rivals
Citroen's C5 Aircross is only available at launch with a 2.0-litre diesel, producing 177PS/400Nm torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic - power that puts it in the middle of the pack, with segment-topping torque that equals the Tucson. It does have drive modes spanning snow, sand, dirt and grassy surfaces, though it is strictly front-wheel driven. The equivalent Jeep Compass diesel also packs a 2.0-litre motor, with 170PS/350Nm sending power to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic - Jeep doesn't offer a 2WD diesel automatic. The Tucson utilises a 2.0-litre diesel, with 184PS/400Nm, making it the most powerful SUV in the segment, mated to a 6-speed automatic, and is available in both 2WD or 4WD.
Moving up, the Fortuner has the largest engine at 2.8-litres, packing 204PS/500Nm, mated to a 6-speed automatic, and is also available in 2WD or 4WD versions with the auto 'box. The Endeavour, since its facelift, is limited to a 2.0-litre diesel engine, producing 170PS/420Nm routed through a trick 10-speed automatic, and again 2WD or 4WD variants are available with the automatic.
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