The Citroen C5 Aircross is more expensive than the premium variants of its two rivals, the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass at least Rs. 3.61 lakh. This despite the fact that the SUV is a CKD model.
The Citroen C5 Aircross is at least Rs. 3.61 lakh more expensive than its rivals Compass and Tucson
French carmaker Citroën has finally entered the Indian car market with the launch of the new C5 Aircross SUV 2021. Launched at a starting price of ₹ 29.90 lakh (old showroom, Delhi), we cannot say that the manufacturer automobile has opted for an aggressive pricing strategy. In fact, the new Citroën C5 Aircross is outright the most expensive SUV in the mid-size 5-seater SUV space, despite being a completely overturned model (CKD). So here’s where the new Citroen C5 Aircross stands against the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in terms of price.
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Now the new Citroën C5 Aircross is only offered in two variants – Feel and Shine, and with the exception of a panoramic sunroof and LED headlights, almost all features are standard on both versions. While the Feel trim is priced at ₹ 29.90 lakh for the single tone option and ₹ 30.40 lakh for the two-tone version, the high-end Shine trim is priced at ₹ 31.90 lakh for the single and two-tone versions (all prices excluding exhibition hall, Delhi). The SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine developing 175 hp and 400 Nm of maximum torque, while being mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, but it does not have all-wheel drive (AWD).
|Citroen C5 Aircross||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Jeep compass||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Hyundai tucson||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Feel (unique tone)||₹ 29.90 lakh||Limited 4×4 AT Diesel||₹ 26.29 lakh||GL (O) 2WD Diesel||₹ 24.60 lakh|
|Feel (two-tone)||₹ 30.40 lakh||–||–||GLS 2WD Diesel||₹ 25.86 lakh|
|Shine (single and two-tone)||₹ 31.90 lakh||Model S 4×4 AT Diesel||₹ 28.29 lakh||GLS 4WD Diesel||₹ 27.33 lakh|
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Now, for the sake of a fair comparison, we’ll only consider the premium diesel trims from the other two SUVs. In this regard, the Jeep Compass’ Limited diesel automatic is priced at ₹ 26.29 lakh and the top of the range S model diesel automatic is priced at ₹ 28.29 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi) . However, we have to add that both of these Compass variants come standard with the 4×4, while the Model S also comes with 360-degree cameras, wireless charging, and a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen with U -Connect 5.
The Hyundai Tucson, meanwhile, offers three automatic diesel variants that include a GL (O) 2WD AT, GLS 2WD AT and GLS 4WD AT, priced at ₹ 24.60 lakh, ₹ 25.86 lakh and ₹ 27.33 lakh (all ex-showroom, Delhi). While the Tucson looks a bit outdated in terms of looks, it comes with Hyundai’s BlueLink connected car technology with over 50 connectivity features. You can get full details of the specifications and feature comparison between the three SUVs on the TUSEN website.
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Now the base Feel finish of the C5 Aircross is ₹ 3.61 lakh more expensive than the Compass Limited, and ₹ 5.3 lakh more expensive than the Tucson GL (O). At the same time, the Shine variant costs 3.11 lakh more expensive than the Compass Model S, and 4.57 lakh more expensive than the Tucson GLS 4×4. And even for this segment, the gap is certainly wide enough to have doubts about the choice of the C5 Aircross. To top it off, Hyundai and Jeep offer 4x4s, at least as an option. So on paper, the Jeep Compass makes the most sense.
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In fact, at this price point, it would make more sense to go for bigger SUVs like the Ford Endeavor, Toyota Fortuner, or Mahindra Alturas G4. The Endeavor costs between ₹ 30 lakh and ₹ 35.45 lakh and the Fortuner is priced from ₹ 30.34 lakh to ₹ 37.79 lakh, while the Alturas G4 starts cheaper at ₹ 28.73 lakh and goes up at ₹ 31.73 lakh. Even the MG Gloster is priced from ₹ 29.98 lakh to ₹ 35.58 lakh (all prices excluding showroom, Delhi)
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