FIRST DRIVE - CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS: French Floatilla
Motown India|March 2021
The all new CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS SUV has set a benchmark among vehicles in India, irrespective of their size and price, for its absolutely brilliant suspension. To say that in Hinglish, “it’s like makhan(butter)”.
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SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE 1997cc, DW10FC 4 cylinder diesel

TRANSMISSION 8-Speed Automatic

MAX POWER 175hp@3750rpm

PEAK TORQUE 400Nm@2000rpm

FUEL EFFICIENCY 18.6kmpl

TYRES 235/55 R18

I was curious like a child about knowing more about the all-new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV suspension. The company claimed this car was all about comfort engineering and at heart of this were four main themes that included Flying Carpet effect, cocooned in comfort, panoramic life and intuitive technologies.

Flying carpet? Were these exaggerated words from the company? I had to check this flying carpet claim the moment I got my keys to this SUV. And what better way to do that than by driving on Delhi’s potholed roads. Boy, I was stumped. This car did not drive, it kind of floated. How could any car drive so smoothly?

These have suspensions with progressive hydraulic cushions exclusively designed by Citroen for this model. It smoothens large bumps and minor road surface imperfections, which in turn lets you experience a flying carpet feel. And while doing so, it also ensures stability and dynamics.

Ordinary suspensions have a shock absorber, a spring and a mechanical bump stop. The New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV comes with progressive hydraulic cushions that provide specially designed suspension on either side for rebound and compression for the occupants’ comfort. When big bumps are encountered, the hydraulic cushions keep suspension movement controlled and progressive. The child in me was screaming out in glee. Now it was time to check out what else could I enjoy inside its spacious cabin.

INTERIORS

Once you step inside the cabin you get see sophisticated interiors with grey-grained leather and graphite cloth, gloss black details and chrome inserts. The centre console and dashboard top are in grey. The Citroen C5 Aircross comes in two variants. One is the Shine, the other is the Feel. The former is the top model with a panoramic sunroof with dual electric motors, LED headlamps and a hands-free electric tailgate which you can simply open by moving your foot under the rear bumper and close with the touch of a button. The rest is kind of similar in both the models. We got the Feel variant to drive.

Now coming to the seats, well in order to experience top-notch suspension comfort, you need to have seats to match it and Citroen has done exactly that with its seats, drawing inspiration from contemporary furniture. They are not just broad and cushiony with more than adequate under thigh and back support, but provide room for occupants to sit with extreme comfort. High-density foam is at the heart of each seat and a thick, textured foam at the surface.

The driver seat gets electrical adjustments for all movement including height, but what sticks out as a sore thumb is the manual adjustment in the form of a rotary knob on the side of the seat to adjust lumbar support or lower back support. That’s strange; when all adjustments are electrical why bring in a manual adjustment that can actually sprain your back while attempting to move the knob.

Similarly, the co-passenger seat in front, gets manual adjustments, which is kind of okay, but again it gets a large rotary knob on the side for adjusting the seatback recline position.

Now coming to the rear, you get three independent adjustable rear seats of the same width. These are relatively comfortable seats but the one in the middle can be a tad uncomfortable for an adult because of the AC vent unit protruding out and hampering your leg space.

But since these seats have multiple reclining positions and the ability to slide up to 150 mm, they are comfortably accommodating. The modular and flexible rear seat design offers foldaway rear seats that provide a perfectly flat floor for generous luggage-carrying capacity. You can reconfigure the roomy, flexible interior of the new Citroën C5 Aircross SUV to suit your needs. On-board air quality system (AQS) enhances sense of well-being as it automatically filters and purifies the air entering and circulating through the cabin.

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