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Citroen C5 Aircross vs Jeep Compass: Should You Pick French Or American?


The Citroen C5 Aircross is the new premium midsize SUV on the block. Should you pick it up over the segment benchmark, the Jeep Compass?

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Citroen will soon kickstart its Indian ops with the C5 Aircross premium midsize SUV. Prices, to be revealed in March, could range between Rs 28 lakh and Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom), putting it in the ballpark of the top-spec Jeep Compass Model S. We have done a detailed on-paper comparison of both the models to see which SUV is the better offering in the segment. 

Dimensions

 

Citroen C5 Aircross

Jeep Compass

Length

4500mm

4405mm

Width

2099mm

1818mm

Height

1710mm

1640mm

Wheelbase

2730mm

2636mm

Wheel Size

18-inch alloys

18-inch alloys

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Clearly, the C5 Aircross is a size bigger in all aspects when compared to the Jeep Compass. The Citroen also comes with a longer wheelbase, certainly resulting in better legroom for rear seat occupants. Both SUVs stand on 18-inch alloys wheels which are apt for our roads, though they will be pricey when the time comes for replacement.

Features

 

Citroen C5 Aircross

Jeep Compass

Headlamps

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

LED Tail lamps 

Yes 

Yes 

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen

10.1-inch touchscreen

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Panoramic

Panoramic

Dual-zone Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Digital driver’s display

12.3-inch coloured

10.25-inch coloured

Keyless Entry with Push button start

Yes

Yes

Automatic Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Automatic Wipers

Yes

Yes

Connected Car Tech

No

Yes

Wireless Phone Charger

No

Yes

Ventilated Seats

No

Yes

Powered Seats

Driver-only

Driver + Passenger

Powered Tailgate

No

Yes

Common features include LED headlamps and tail lamps, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a digital driver’s display, powered driver’s seat, keyless entry with push button start, and auto headlamps and wipers. 

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While essentials are covered, the Compass goes the extra mile and packs equipment like connected car tech, a wireless phone charger, and a powered tailgate. 

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The Citroen, on the other hand, comes with parallel park assist (you only have to control the pedals, while it steers itself) and three individual rear seats that can be reclined, slid or even folded down to liberate more boot space. The seats in the C5 also come with memory foam! 

Safety Features

 

Citroen C5 Aircross

Jeep Compass

Airbags

6

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Parking Sensors

Front and Rear

Rear

Parking Camera

Yes

360-degree

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX

Yes

Yes

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Common safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, a parking camera, electronic stability control, a tyre pressure monitor, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. While the Citroen comes with front parking sensors, the Compass features a 360-degree parking camera. 

Engines 

 

Citroen C5 Aircross

Jeep Compass

Engine

2.0-litre diesel

2.0-litre diesel

Power

177PS

172PS

Torque

400Nm

350Nm

Transmission

8-speed AT

6-speed MT / 9-speed AT

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD / AWD (only for AT)

Both models come with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, however, the C5 Aircross is 5PS and 50Nm more powerful than the Compass. While both come with automatic transmissions, the Compass can also be had with a 6-speed manual transmission with a FWD setup. 

The Jeep can also be specced with an all-wheel drive system, however, only the Compass’ diesel automatic variants come with an AWD setup. The Citroen drives its front wheels only. 

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Those who want a petrol engine have no other choice but to pick up the Jeep Compass. It’s offered with a 162PS 1.4-litre petrol engine that can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

Verdict

 

Citroen C5 Aircross 

Jeep Compass

Price (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 28 lakh to Rs 30 lakh (expected)

Rs 16.99 lakh to Rs 28.29 lakh

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The C5 Aircross definitely has a lot going for it. The SUV comes loaded with features, has a powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine, and should be one of the comfiest SUVs in its segment. But the tiny dealer network doesn’t do any favours and at an expected starting price of Rs 28 lakh (ex-showroom), it ain’t cheap as well. But the Citroen will be the more exclusive offering and that could appeal if you want to stand out. 

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