Road trip experience: First 1000 km trip on my Citroen C5 Aircross
The SUV literally slid the entire course, littered with speed bumps and stretches of bad tarmac.
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Recently took 1060km round trip from Hyderabad to Hampi and back. Shared the experience of the route in the dedicated Hampi thread. Use this thread to share the riding experience. It was the first real long blue trip I did on C5. I have done 1-2 hour trips but this was the first in the 8-9 hour range.
I was anxious in case something went wrong, especially since it’s quite warm now. All told, it’s a new vehicle with a sparse dealer network. But here’s how it really happened
- Hyderabad-Hampi accounts for only 20-30% of national highway driving and the rest is 1 or 2 lane national highways and inland roads. These roads are littered with speed bumps and a few stretches of bad tar. Citroën C5 has just slipped all the way. It was a surprisingly smooth trip
- Typically, 8-9 hours of riding would drain me of energy. This is the first time it was fully powered up even after the 9 hour ride. The soft suspension combined with a low NVH allowed all passengers to relax.
- With so many posts about rattling noises, squeaks, and loose wires in recent vehicles, I’m increasingly pleased with their complete absence in C5. I have a new respect for its build quality after this trip. Kudos to Citroën engineering and manufacturing. Well done people.
- In some ways I was glad I never planned Hampi on my old Honda City because Hampi needs ground clearance. There are huge speed breakers especially in the Hampi area. I have no idea how some people from t-bhp took their high end sedans there. (Congratulations on your driving skills!).
- Another surprise was that C5’s air conditioning was much better than City’s. It was very hot in the rocky, sunny stretches, but the cabin was much more comfortable than City. I kept an eye on the engine temperature and it didn’t even touch 90 degrees after over 100 km of continuous driving at over 80 km/h in the midday sun.
- The huge refrigerated storage under the center armrest is extremely useful when driving in hot weather… and I mean EXTREMELY useful. I had some 3-4 odd bottles of water with a few small packets (juice, Yakult, etc).
- A few negatives though – I need to keep my phone connected every 9 hours to get Google maps. I am missing built-in maps. In fact, I also had to keep my phone in the cooled center armrest to prevent it from getting too hot. I also miss connected technology. I would have liked to start the vehicle remotely in advance to start the air conditioning. I’ve already solved the TPMS with outside sensors, but that’s also something I would have preferred to include with the car.
Some photos of random cars from the trip.
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