The fast, demanding and bumpy stages of the World Rally Championship might be a world away from a family SUV, but Citroën has used its rallying experience to ensure the new C5 Aircross is as comfortable as possible.
So while you won’t have the option of a sports exhaust and anti-lag, the Aircross comes with some clever suspension technology to iron out bumps and potholes in the road. Citroën calls it Progressive Hydraulic Cushions but it’s really quite a simple bit of technology. There are a pair of hydraulic stops at the end of the suspension travel to provide extra cushioning – the system works in two stages to cancel out the imperfections of the road surface.
This technology improves both rebound and compression or, in other words, should give you supreme comfort over pretty much any road surface. Thanks to its ability to absorb and dissipate energy in an impact, a Citroën C5 Aircross provides a so-called ‘magic carpet ride’ – you’ll feel like the car is gliding over uneven ground.
Of course, this isn’t the first Citroën to major on comfort – the classic DS had such advanced suspension that it could remain level even with a wheel removed. This unrelenting focus goes further than the suspension, however. You won’t get racing bucket seats in the C5 Aircross – like the C4 Cactus, the seats are made of incredibly thick foam to insulate you from the outside world.
You can see the padding that’s visible in these seats – even from the photos, you can tell it’s as comfy as a high-end armchair. The foam is specifically designed to provide comfort where you need it, and resists wear on long journeys and throughout the course of your ownership. Order the massaging seats to further improve your experience.
If your comfort comes from a feeling of security, the C5 Aircross features a whole plethora of safety gadgetry. Active lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and highway driver assist can essentially drive the car on a motorway without your input, and many other techy features keep you safe on the road.