Comfort has always been at the heart of Citroën. They have returned to their Advanced Comfort Programme – designed to enhance all vehicles with a unique type of comfort, a true signature of the brand. This model takes a modern approach to comfort. The four pillars making up this model include driving comfort, travelling comfort, comfort of use and comfort of the mind.
A Focus on Comfort From The Origins of the Brand
Stepping into a Citroën is like stepping inside a cocoon, a testament to their intent of isolating the cabins from the outside world, believing that a comfortable driver is a safe driver.
The first mass-produced Citroën produced in 1919 offered more equipment, better comfort, and luxury elements such as padded seats and electric lights. The Citroën Type C was the first of its kind to consider female drivers and their preferences, they even appealed to women for its easy and light steering.
In the early 1920s, Citroën vehicles were used as taxis in Paris and London. There were more than 80,000 cars produced, which targeted high-end markets down to small families. They produced steel-bodied cars such as the B10 with a stiffer structure to better isolate the cabin from is surroundings. In 1926, the B14’s new servo-assisted brakes were a major innovation at the time, allowing the car to slow down easier.
André Citroën realised that adding comfort was key and in 1928 introduced the AC4 and AC6 series, each offering more lavish fittings. Citroën was the first manufacturer in Europe to mount its engines on rubber blocks to reduce vibration in the cabins – the ‘floating motor’ system. In 1934, they introduced the Traction Avant.
With the Traction Avant, Citroën created the world’s first mass-produced, front-wheel drive family car with improved driving comfort and handling while isolating the engine from the cabin to reduce noise and vibrations.
Michelin provided its new ‘Pilote’ tyres which were the world’s first low profile tyre in 1937. This sedan included superb steering and low-mounted engines. The Traction Avant was so advanced that it remained in production for more than two decades. In the 1950s, the Traction Avant 15H led the early development of a new hydro-pneumatic suspension. The Traction Avant was replaced by Citroën’s latest innovation – the iconic DS 19.
Modern technology has played a huge role in defining comfort quality. Citroën’s progressive hydraulic cushion technology adds two hydraulic stops to each corner to ensure optimum driving comfort in their latest models.
Citroën’s seating offers soft padding and orthopaedic posture support for ache-free and long-distance travel. Their advanced seating cushions foam was tuned to match the suspension characteristics.
With spacious legroom for backseat passengers, the CX Prestige was the first Citroën to offer private jet-inspired ‘lounge’ seats and raised footrests. Their seats boast special trims and safety conscious designs. Today, Citroen’s Advanced Comfort seats reminisce on the past with eye-catching visual comfort and a seat base padded with an extra foam layer.