The Citroen C5 Aircross and MG Gloster represent the pinnacle of luxury from their respective carmakers and belong to the luxury SUV segment in the country. The C5 Aircross was launched recently and the deliveries have also commenced. The Gloster has been around for quite some time now as the flagship offering from the brand MG. It is only natural to compare the two and look at the characteristics of each of these in-depth. Before moving on, though, make sure to check out the comparison between Citroen C5 Aircross and Ford Endeavour, which is also the comparison in the same segment.
Citroen C5 Aircross vs MG Gloster – Exteriors and Dimensions
The Citroen C5 Aircross is the newer of the two and also feature a unique exterior design. The exteriors of the C5 Aircross are distinctive, to say the least. Although there are plenty of SUVs around in our market, you can never mistake the C5 Aircross for anything else. The typical square theme all across the body gives it a very sporty look. The sleek parallel chrome lines on the front grille, along with the LED DRLs on the bonnet do look modern. The LED headlamp unit just below the DRLs and squared-off air dams on the front bumper sure lets you know that it is a typical Citroen. The sides and the rear reflect the same square design theme with side skirtings and LED tail lamp design having some sort of squares in them. The long-wheelbase will make sure that the space on the interior cabin including the rear legroom will be plenty.
Being a premium SUV, this will ensure a comfortable and luxurious cabin space. Also, 230 mm ground clearance will help with any plans for an off-roading getaway trip. To make sure that you can take a ton of luggage, there is a generous 580-litres of boot space which can be increased to 720-litres by sliding the seats forward and to a massive 1,630-litres by folding the second-row seats completely.
The MG Gloster is also an SUV with large proportions and a sophisticated design on the outside. The front of the Gloster is dominated by a large and wide chrome front grille and sleek LED headlamps giving it a simple yet elegant appearance. The skid plates and the LED fog lamp housing only accentuate the overall looks further. On the sides, the 19-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels, Roof Rails, Chrome Belt around the Windows, Floating Roof and side steps for easier ingress and egress makes it very clear that the car is meant to be luxurious. The rear is also as beautiful as the front with LED tail lamps, Gloster Emblem stamped across the boot lid, Twin Chrome Exhaust and much more. The overall exterior of the Gloster will tell you which segment it belongs to.
|Parameter||MG Gloster||Citroen C5 Aircross|
|Length||4985 mm||4500 mm|
|Width||1926 mm||2099 mm|
|Height||1867 mm||1710 mm|
|Wheelbase||2950 mm||2730 mm|
|Boot Space||343 l (with three rows up)||580 l|
It is clear from the table above that the MG Gloster has a decisive edge over the C5 Aircross when it comes to overall dimensions. These larger dimensions also translate to spacious cabin space, especially for the rear passengers. Being a luxury SUV, this is an important factor to enhance the appeal of the potential customers.
Citroen C5 Aircross vs MG Gloster – Interiors, Features and Safety
The list of modern comfort and connected features is extensive in the Citroen C5 Aircross. This includes an 8-inch Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 12.3-inch Digital Instrument Cluster to provide the driver with the necessary information, Automatic LED headlamps with LED DRLs, 18-inch Alloy Wheels to give it a sporty look, Electrically Adjustable, Powered and Heated Wing Mirrors, Electronic Parking Brake, Hands-free Powered Electric Tailgate, Dual-zone Climate Control, Panoramic Sunroof, Auto-dimming Inside Rear View Mirrors, Auto Park Assist with Reverse Parking Camera, Hill Descent and Ascent Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, 6 Airbags, Blind Spot Assist, Driver Fatigue Alert, Adjustable Rear Seat and Powered Driver’s Seat, Connected Car Features, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Various Drive and Traction Modes for all kinds of environment, Cruise Control, 6-speaker Audio System.
The list of convenience features on the Gloster is an extensive one. The features include a massive 12.3-inch Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-inch Digital Driver’s Instrument Cluster, High-Quality 12-speaker Audio System, Voice Commands with Apps, Wireless Smartphone Charging, 12-way Adjustable Driver Seat with Massage Function, Heated Front Seats, Air Filter, Driver Seat with Ventilation and Memory, Panoramic Sunroof, 8-way Adjustable Front Passenger Seat, Hands-free tailgate Opening, Heated ORVMs, Connected Car Tech with over 70 Connected Features, 64 Colours Ambient Lighting, Premium Leather Upholstery, LED Interiors Reading Lamos, 6/7 seat arrangement and much more. There are a ton of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) features as well like, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Parking Assist, Drive and Terrain Modes, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning among others.
The list of safety features includes 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, 360-degree Surround Camera, Hill-Hold Control, Hill Descent Control, Roll Movement Intervention, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System, Driver Fatigue Reminder System, Electro-Mechanical Differential Lock for 4×4 Capabilities and much more.
Citroen C5 Aircross vs MG Gloster – Engines and Prices
The Citroen C5 Aircross is making news because of its unique suspension setup for our roads. It comes equipped with something known as the Progressive Hydraulic Cushion-equipped suspension setup which will filter out all the bumps on our especially chaotic roads. The C5 Aircross will come with a sole 2.0-litre diesel engine making 180PS and 400Nm. It will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The shift-by-wire system will ensure smooth gearshifts for plush ride quality. The prices of the Citroen C5 Aircross start at Rs 29.90 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 31.90 lakh, ex-showroom. Another way of owning the C5 Aircross is through the Citroen Future Sure monthly package of Rs 49,999 for a term of 5 years. This will include an assured value of your C5 Aircross after the end of the term, Routine Maintenance, Road-side Assistance, Extended Warranty, On-Road Finance and much more. At the end of the term, one can either trade and upgrade to a brand new Citroen, keep the product or simply return to the dealer.
The MG Gloster comes with two powertrain options; 2.0-litre turbo diesel and a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel. The 4×4 system comes with the latter and the two engines make 163 PS and 375 Nm and 218 PS and 480 Nm respectively. Both these engines come mated to an 8-speed Automatic Transmission. The prices of the MG Gloster range between Rs 29.98 lakh and Rs 36.88 lakh, ex-showroom.
Citroen C5 Aircross vs MG Gloster – Verdict
While both these SUVs belong to the luxury segment, they come with distinct characteristics which might be suitable for various kinds of customers. If comfort and unique design top your priority list and you are interested in trying out something new, you can opt for the Citroen C5 Aircross. However, if you are looking for a plethora of features along with some off-roading capabilities for an occasional adventure, you are better off with the MG Gloster.