Citroen C5 Aircross vs Hyundai Tucson vs rivals: Number game – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Citroen announced its entry in the Indian market back in 2019 and the fact that the French automaker has taken almost 2 years to finalize the offering for the country does suggest that the market research was thorough and the competition was analyzed too. But the pricing, the comfort, or the powertrain could either make it or break it for the French automaker in India. TOI Auto takes a look at the C5 Aircross’s rivals or let’s just say slightly more affordable alternatives: Hyundai Tucson, Kia Seltos and MG Hector.
The Citroen C5 is expected to be priced at Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom) but the automaker could surprise us all in this aspect. The Hyundai Tucson ranges between Rs 24.60 lakh – Rs 27.33 lakh (ex-showroom), the Kia Seltos ranges between Rs 10.34 lakh – Rs 17.34 lakh (ex-showroom) and the 2021 MG Hector ranges between Rs 12.89 lakh – Rs 18.32 lakh (ex-showroom).

Considering its powertrain, size and demeanour, the C5 Aircross is against quite aggressively priced and many affordable rivals in the market. The only convincing factor that the French SUV has to offer is its premium and comfort quotient.
Taking a look at the dimensions, the Citroen C5 Aircross measures 4500x2099x1710mm and has a wheelbase of 2730mm. The Hyundai Tucson measures 4480x1850x1660mm with a wheelbase of 2670mm. The 2021 MG Hector facelift measures 4655x1835x1760mm and has a wheelbase of 2750mm. The Kia Seltos measures 4315x1800x1620mm with a wheelbase of 2610mm.

In this aspect, the MG Hector leads the pack in terms of length, height and wheelbase. But the C5 Aircross has an unbeatable width which points to its roominess and effortless accommodation.
The Citroen C5 Aircross offers a straight forward single 2.0-litre diesel engine that offers a power output of 177 PS and a peak torque of 400 Nm. The 1997cc engine is paired to an 8-speed EAT8 automatic gearbox and also offers paddle shifters. The SUV offers 5 driving modes- Standard, Snow, All-terrain, Sand and Traction control off.
The Hyundai Tucson offers two engines- 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel. The 1999cc petrol engine offers 152 PS of power and 192 Nm of peak torque. The 1995cc diesel engine offers a power output of 184 PS and a peak torque of 400 Nm. While the petrol engine is offered with a 6-speed automatic, the diesel engine comes with 8-speed automatic transmission. The SUV gets 3 drive modes- Eco, Comfort and Sport.

The Kia Seltos is offered with 3 engines- 1.4-litre turbo-petrol, 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The 1353cc turbo-petrol engine offers a power output of 140 PS and peak torque of 242 Nm. The 1487cc petrol engine offers a power output of 114 PS and a peak torque of 144 Nm. The 1493cc diesel engine offers a power output of 114 PS and a peak torque of 250 Nm. The 6-speed MT is offered as standard and then the petrol mill gets 7-speed DCT and an IVT while the diesel mill gets a 6-speed torque converter. The Kia Seltos gets 3 drive modes- Normal, Eco and Sport- and 3 traction modes- Mud, Snow/Wet and Sand.
The MG Hector offers 3 powertrain options- 1.5-litre turbo-petrol, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol with mild-hybrid tech and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The 1451cc petrol mill offers a power output of 143 PS and a peak torque of 250 Nm and the figures remain the same for the hybrid variant. The 1956cc diesel unit offers 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The turbo-petrol variant gets a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed DCT but the diesel variant sticks to a 6-speed MT.

The Citroen C5 definitely lacks in versatility here. Even when it comes to the diesel powertrain alone, the playing field is levelled. The MG Hector loses the stronghold because it does not offer an automatic transmission with diesel and neither drive modes like the rest. The Hyundai Tucson gets an advantage from the rest as it offered with 4WD variant too but the standard variant is a front-wheel-drive just like the rest.

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