We look at how Citroen C5 Aircross aims to redefine comfort in its segment.
If you’re a Citroen C5 Aircross owner, you needn’t read further. You’re probably cocooned in comfort right now, absorbing the monsoon sky through your large panoramic sunroof while an SUV like you’d never imagined is taking you to a rather agreeable destination - with your loved ones in tow, of course. It’s an enviable life, made all the more delectable with those oodles of French flair the C5 Aircross is sprinkled with. However, if you aren’t, for some incomprehensible reason, an Aircross owner, what you’ll read hereafter is going to leave you a bit, let’s say, uncomfortable.
Now imagine - what if the windows in your car were no longer just glass panes but a layer of comfort and isolation from the chaos of the world? What if you could feel the tufts of snowy clouds, while on a pleasant summer getaway, but without getting your hairstyle ruined? What if you could see every pothole in great detail - even in the dead of the night - and yet, feel nothing as you motored along down the dark highway? If you’re a Citroen C5 Aircross owner, you already have the answers, don’t you? And hey, thanks for being a sport and reading along anyway!
With the C5 Aircross’ Flying Carpet Effect, driving - or being driven around - spells a paradigm shift in the way you experience motoring. Thanks to its fantastic suspension with progressive hydraulic cushions, it makes bad roads nearly disappear (only for you, that is) and offers a superlative ride such as you’ve never experienced before in an SUV. Not anywhere near its class, for sure. Advanced Comfort Seats, with high-density foam in the front row, further enhance this experience and we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find the second row features three individually adjustable sliding seats, just so every one of your occupants gets cocooned in comfort - the way it should always be.
What also heightens the sense of comfort in a Citroen C5 Aircross is the expanse of glass areas, each of which is assigned a purpose that goes beyond convention. The double-glazed front windows, for instance, offer a high degree of sound proofing, so while the world around you may honk away to glory, you can be assured of a quiet, isolated cabin environment. With the C5 Aircross, you also get to live a panoramic life, thanks to the large panoramic sunroof which opens up to let the sky in, while being equipped with dual electric motors and even a blind that lets you control just how much light you want to allow into the cabin. Now that’s going to a level of thoughtfulness you’d never have imagined in any other vehicle in this class.
Whichever seat you choose to make your own in the C5 Aircross, you are guaranteed a degree of plushness convention simply hasn’t allowed you so far. And so, be it the bi-zone air-conditioning with an Air Quality System, the standard rear vents, the unique seat design or simply the sheer amount of cabin room on offer, the C5 Aircross will undoubtedly become your new favourite destination itself! With 33 litres of cabin storage, including some clever stowage options, most of which allow you to accommodate 1.5-litre bottles (you could store one in the glove compartment, under the armrest and even in both the front doors!) the C5 Aircross is not only spacious, it’s smart, too. That’s hardly the pinnacle of its intelligence, though. How about we tell you the C5 Aircross offers you a staggering 580 litres of boot space… just to begin with! With the second row of seats tumbled away, what you get is an incredible 1630 litres of luggage space - that’s larger than the average Mumbai apartment. Well, almost. What’s better is that all this room is accessible to you via a hands-free electric tailgate that opens up with the swipe of your foot!
For entertainment, you get a 2-litre diesel engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which offers a great degree of refinement in the city and just the right dose of punch to make highway drives involving and memorable. Entertainment of another kind is also on offer, thanks to an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen complemented by a massive 12.3-inch TFT instrument display, both of which keep you informed, connected and lend more than just a sense of sophistication to your journeys. And just in case you ever find yourself feeling tired behind the wheel - perhaps after a really long haul across states - the Aircross intelligently detects this and signals a coffee break alert. Right, as if we ever needed a prompt to stop for a coffee!
Where the C5 Aircross unlocks the next dimension of motoring, though, is in its array of intuitive technologies. From LED vision projector headlights with DRLs to cornering fog lights that let you keep unwanted surprises in plain sight, the C5 Aircross makes every moment behind the wheel a safe, precise experience. It even has a blind spot monitoring system, that makes lane-changes a seamless act, and even something as tedious as parking is now the equivalent of a walk in the park, thanks to a reversing camera with 180-degree rear vision and even park assist, which does all the hard work for you.
For when the terrain gets unruly, which it does a lot, in India, you can select from among 5 driving modes - Standard (ESC), Snow, All-Terrain (Mud, Damp Grass), Sand and Traction Control Off - which ensure your experience of comfort is uninterrupted, no matter what the surface. That’s in addition to hill start assist and hill descent assist, and for when your adventure for the day comes to an end, you even have an electronic parking brake to ensure your Aircross is at perfect rest - just like you, then. When comfort goes beyond convention, you’ll always be at rest, no matter what the elements throw at you. And that’s what an SUV should be all about, isn’t it?
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