Citroen C5 Aircross vs Jeep Compass vs Hyundai Tucson

Which SUV would you choose?

Citroen C5 Aircross

Citroen C5 Aircross Pros:

  • A superbly engineered & properly premium crossover
  • Very stylish exteriors & interiors! We love the design. It's matched to solid build quality
  • Good quality cabin with comfortable seats, lots of storage & fantastic insulation
  • 2.0L diesel engine is quick, efficient & [I]extremely refined[/I]
  • Smooth 8-speed AT gearbox impresses
  • Excellent ride comfort and mature road manners. High speed behaviour is sorted too
  • Large, well-shaped 580 liter boot gobbles up holiday / airport luggage
  • Loaded to the gills with features such as a panoramic sunroof, handsfree tailgate opening, customisable instrument cluster, double laminated front windows, terrain modes...
  • 4-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test. 3-point seatbelts for all five occupants, 6 airbags, blind spot monitoring system, ESP, hill hold, hill descent control and more

Citroen C5 Aircross Cons:

  • Rear legroom is strictly adequate. Two 5’10" adults can sit behind each other, but not two 6-footers
  • No turbo-petrol engine (big miss), no AWD for tourers & no manual gearbox for MT fans
  • Not really sporty to drive. Cars like the Compass are more fun
  • Missing some features we expect today ([I]connected car tech, wireless charging, ventilated seats, 360-degree camera, subwoofer…[/I])
  • The bolstering of the 3 individual rear seats is suitable for slim passengers, not heavier ones
  • Audio sound quality is alright, but nothing special as you’d expect in a premium car
  • Many competing crossovers & SUVs offer a 3rd-row of seats, which the C5 Aircross doesn't have
  • The LHD orientation of many controls (gear shifter, e-brake, bonnet release, engine start button)
  • Long-term reliability & after-sales service quality are big unknowns

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Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass Pros:

  • Handsome Cherokee-inspired styling & loads of character
  • Solid build. Feels very robust, just as a Jeep should
  • Powerful 2.0L diesel. Good driveability in the city, fast on the open road
  • 1.4L turbo-petrol makes 161 BHP! Offers fast performance.
  • Mature suspension setup, nicely-tuned EPS & rock-solid stability
  • Capable AWD available (unlike some competitors)
  • City-friendly: Compact size, higher seating, smooth gearshift, soft clutch & low NVH
  • Topnotch safety: Strong all-disc brakes, a plethora of electronic aids & 6 airbags
  • We think the Compass is well-priced for what it offers. The driving experience & overall package feel premium

Jeep Compass Cons: 

  • Small size for the price! A sentiment echoed by most people who saw it in person
  • Suitable for 4 adults, not 5. Boot is small too
  • Inexplicably, only the AWD Diesel gets 6 airbags! All other variants have 2
  • Tiny dealership network. Plus, after-sales quality & long-term reliability are unknown factors
  • AWD's premium is over 2 lakh rupees on-the-road. Includes 4 extra airbags, but is still too much
  • Turning radius of 5.65m is wide. Also, 17º approach angle is too low
  • Missing goodies (blanks on the steering, auto-dimming IRVM, auto wipers & headlamps, lumbar adjustment, reclinable rear seats)

Link to Review

Link to Review - The Petrol AT

Link to Report - The Trailhawk

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson Pros:

  • Contemporary styling that is universally appealing
  • Punchy 2.0L diesel engine mated to a smooth automatic transmission
  • Comfortable ride quality & car-like dynamics
  • Cool features such as the hands-free tailgate, LED headlamps, electric parking brake, ECO / Sport driving modes & more
  • Top-notch safety kit: 6 airbags, ESC, VSM, all-wheel disc brakes, hill-start assist etc.
  • Hyundai's reliability, competent after-sales, 3 year unlimited km warranty & 3 years of free servicing!

Hyundai Tucson Cons:

  • No w-o-w factor on the inside. Interior simply doesn't feel special enough for a Rs. 30 lakh car
  • Expensive, especially the top trim. Full-size 7-seater SUVs are priced in the same ballpark
  • Some features are conspicuous by their absence ([I]ventilated seats[/I])
  • 2.0L petrol motor is strictly average. Doesn't impress like the diesel

Link to Review

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VW Tiguan Allspace

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Body-on-frame SUVs

Ford Endeavour

Link to Review

Link to Review - The 2019 Facelift

Link to Review - The 2.0L Diesel AT

Toyota Fortuner

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Link to Review - The 2021 Legender & Facelift

MG Gloster

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Mahindra Alturas G4

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Here's what GTO has to say:

Before driving it, I thought nothing of the Citroen C5 Aircross. After driving it for a day, it became my top choice in the segment. The quirky C5 Aircross has a personality in person, the engine + gearbox are as good as the entry level luxury cars from Germany, ride comfort is excellent, and the driving experience left me very satisfied. It has impressive depth of engineering. Main disadvantage is the rear seat legroom which is just about enough.

Didn't choose the Compass because its Diesel AT sucks. Love the Tucson, but didn't vote for it as the next-gen car is already on sale internationally. Ride comfort is super important to me, hence the Tiguan Allspace goes out the window.

Unfortunate then, that Citroen's pricing strategy & marketing skills are so pathetic that the new Citroens will be as rare as the old Citroens in India:

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