Citroen recently unveiled the brand’s flagship C5 Aircross SUV in the Indian market. The brand will launch the SUV soon in the Indian market close to the range of INR 25 to 30 lakhs. Upon launch, the C5 Aircross will compete with other SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. In this comparison, we put to test the technical components offered on the C5 Aircross and pin the SUV against the Hyundai Tucson and the Volkswagen Tiguan All Space.
The Citroen C5 Aircross will come with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 177 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The brand is offering only a diesel powertrain on the C5 Aircross. The Hyundai Tucson is available with both petrol and diesel powertrain options in the BS6 standard. The 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 152 PS of power and 192 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox along with the 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 185 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque coupled to an 8-speed torque converter type automatic gearbox. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is also available with only one engine option but Volkswagen is offering only a petrol motor with the Tiguan Allspace. Powering the Tiguan Allspace is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine churning out 190 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque matched to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The Citroen C5 Aircross measures 4500mm in length, 2099mm in width, 1710mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2730mm. The Hyundai Tucson measures 4480mm in length, 1850mm in width, 1660mm in height and features a 2670mm of the wheelbase. The Tiguan Allspace is 4701mm in length, 1839mm in width, 1674mm in height and comes with a 2787mm of the wheelbase. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is not only longer and offers more wheelbase, but the SUV also offers an extra row of seats in the back making it a 7-seater.
Suspension & Wheels
The Citroen C5 Aircross features a new generation Flying Carpet ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushion’ suspension system that helps the large SUV stay stable in high-speed corners as well as absorb bumps and potholes in the urban environment. The Tucson features McPherson Strut with Coil Spring on the front and Multi-link with Coil Spring on the rear but the SUV features 4WD with Automatic Traction Cornering Control. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace independent wheel suspension with coil spring on the front and a four-link axle on the rear. All three SUVs come with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.
The C5 Aircross is likely to come in the INR 25 to INR 30 lakh ex-showroom price bracket. The Hyundai Tucson is available starting at INR 23.30 lakh ex-showroom and goes up to INR 27.03 lakh ex-showroom and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace priced at INR 33.24 lakh ex-showroom.