Choosing the right SUV

10 September 2019

When you’re looking for a new car with more space, a SUV is a great choice. But which make and model will best suit your lifestyle? We compare three popular SUVs - the Citroen C5 Aircross, DS Automobiles DS7 and the Hyundai Tucson - telling you everything you need to know around space and practicality, technology and fuel efficiency.


Scope Space and Practicality

SUVs inhabit the space between hatchback and estate, providing more room for the gear that accompanies trips away and everyday life. All three of the SUVs we’re exploring in this article - the Citroen C5 Aircross, DS Automobiles DS7 and the Hyundai Tucson - are of a similar size:

  • Length - around 4.5 metres
  • Width - circa two metres
  • Height - close to 1.6 metres
  • Weight - all around 1500 kgs

Despite their similarity in terms of scale, there is a difference in boot space. The Aircross C5 provides 670 litres, the Tucson 484 litres and the DS7 628 litres.

If this is make or break for your decision, find out how much volume your existing car boot offers then work out how much more room you need. For example, if your current boot provides 450 litres and you think you need half as much again, multiply up by 1.5 to see which vehicle will work best for you.


Take a Look at the Technology on Offer

If you place safety at the top of your technology features list, the Citroen C5 Aircross ticks a lot of boxes. It provides the following systems:

  • tyre pressure detection
  • speed limit recognition
  • coffee break warning
  • driver attention and collision risk alerts
  • active lane departure warning
  • active blind spot monitoring
  • active cruise control with stop and go

It's also strong on parking assistance with front and rear mounted cameras plus all the tech you’d expect to help you drive hands free as well as a mobile phone charging mat. And these are just some of a long list of technology features that we can’t include here.

In a similar vein, DS Automobiles DS7 provides:

  • speed limit recognition warning
  • cruise control with speed limiter
  • lane departure warning
  • driver attention warning systems

Hands free media streaming is available and there’s a 12 inch HD touchscreen with satnav and voice recognition plus a mirror screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Hyundai Tucson also has a wide range of the latest tech with more of a focus on entertainment including:

  • premium speakers with subwoofer
  • a phone connection using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • phone charging pad
  • an eight inch sat nav
  • front and rear parking sensors

Then there’s another slightly different range of safety technology including speed limit information system, cruise control with speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring and a blind spot detection system.


Find Out About Fuel Efficiency and Performance

As crossover vehicles, SUVs come with a range of engine sizes. The Citroen C5 Aircross and DS Automobiles DS7 are available through Tusker with 1.2, 1.5, 1.6 and 2 litre engines whereas the Tucson sits firmly in the middle with only a 1.6l engine available.

All three models come as petrol or diesel cars and when you compare a 1.6 litre petrol engine across the models, you get the following combined fuel consumption rates:

  • Citroen C5 Aircross - 39.6 mpg
  • DS Automobiles DS7 - 42.2 mpg
  • Hyundai Tucson - 34.9 mpg

Of course, if fuel efficiency is an important trait in your next SUV, you might want to look at the diesel versions which provide more miles per gallon:

  • Citroen C5 Aircross - 1.5l Blue HDi 130 - 56.3 mpg
  • DS Automobiles DS7 - 1.5l Blue HDi 130 - 55.3 mpg
  • Hyundai Tucson - 1.6CRDi MHEV 115 - 51.4 mpg

Moving to diesel does impact the car’s 0-62mph speed, reducing it to 11.8 seconds for the Tucson and Aircross and 10.8 for the DS7. Switch to petrol and you’ll reduce those times by around one to one and a half seconds.

In terms of wheel drive, only one of the DS Automobiles DS7 range has four-wheel drive (the 200bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine) whereas three Hyundai Tucson specifications (the Active, Elite and Highlander) have all wheel drive. Although this isn’t considered to be truly 4x4, it does send power to all four wheels.

The Citroen C5 Aircross comes with the manufacturer’s Grip Control system, a traction control system that can be adjusted to suit different terrain. And it also has an ECO drive mode to help you ease off on the revs and get the most from your tank of fuel.


Explore Passenger Performance

If you’re buying a SUV, there’s a good chance you’re going to be driving other people around. Be they family or friends, you want to know that your choice of car is also suitable for them.

All three cars provide dual zone climate control. However, there are some more unusual features which we’ve picked out for you here.

The Citroen C5 Aircross provides air vents for rear seat passengers so everyone in the back can control their own level of ozone. The driver can also pop open the boot hands free which is helpful when you’re dropping people off or picking them up, particularly if it’s raining.

DS Automobiles DS7 offers a rear ski flap making it easy for keen skiers to get equipment bags in and out of this SUV. It also has a keyless start and the back seats split 60/40 so you can carry more luggage and still fit one or two passengers in the back. The double cup holders (both front and back) will also help you avoid spills in your new car.

Compare this to the Hyundai Tucson which sports heated front seats, sunglass holder and bottle holders in the front centre console and door. It also has 60/40 seat splits in the rear which can be adjusted to a reclined position giving your passengers a chance to relax and enjoy the ride. Steering wheel audio and phone controls put the power of entertainment in your hands so you can turn the volume up or down as your passengers demand.

Choosing a new car isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Whether you’ve got a clear winner in mind after reading this article, or you need some help deciding which is right for you, take a look at our SUV range and reveal the final piece of the puzzle: the all-important prices.

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