Does anyone else dread family trips?
As a parent, you spend forever planning, packing and organizing. Then suddenly, the night before, you wonder why you voluntarily put yourself in the stressful position of packing the whole family plus the kitchen sink into the car for hours on end.
You know there will be chaos in the back. You know you will threaten to turn the car around at some point. You anticipate the toilet stops, the spills and the arguments over what song to play next. Yet we still plan and pack and organize. We still get up that morning and begrudgingly go through the motions. We breathe in and prepare ourselves for the nightmare that is the family car journey...
That is unless you drive the Citroën C5 Aircross.
I was all set for three hours of mummy-hell when we embarked to Ireland’s west coast for the long weekend. However, this gorgeous SUV gave me a whole new perspective on family car trips and here’s why:
Two words: Boot space. The Citroën C5 Aircross was a game changer for us. Like all families, we tend to pack the majority of the house when we go on road trips. Often as mum, I have to sacrifice bits and bobs to make room for my 4yo’s ‘essentials’ (she wanted her scooter AND her bike this time- none of which were used). This trip was different. There was no leaving my hiking boots behind. The Citroën C5 Aircross gave us access to 720 litres of space. Its rear seats slid back and forth with ease, to expand the boot space depending on what we needed at the time- a dream when you're travelling with little ones.
Instead of World War 3 erupting in the back, the spacious design meant that the kids had enough room to just be themselves. No ‘her arm is touching my arm’ no ‘his foot is in my foot space’. With three individual sliding, incline-adjustable and folding rear seats, we were pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere of calm and comfort coming from the back.
To be perfectly honest, I am usually embarrassed to have the grandparents in the car. Between the noise level and the mess, our family car trips are not the best place for the elderly. With the new SUV however, I had peace of mind as we took day trips to lighthouses and coastal sites, knowing my mother was comfortable in the front seat. The Citroën C5 Aircross has a soundproof system so my mum- and the kids- could happily fall asleep for an hour giving me a break as I took to the motorway. The car also absorbed bumps and dips on the windier country roads due to the Progressive Hydraulic cushion suspension system- perfect for snoozing passengers.
For those colder nights driving back from our adventures, the heated seat tech and Advanced comfort seating, suited me and my mum down to the ground. I also felt safer than ever before driving in the dark, thanks to the automatic management of high- to low-beam headlights (and vice versa).
Last but not least, the Citroën C5 Aircross gave us access to 19 drivers assist technologies. Yes, you heard me: 19.
The keyless entry and start were the handiest thing, I don’t know how I lived without it as a mum! The park and hill-start assists made things a lot easier as we drove around unfamiliar areas. The collision risk alert system and blind spot monitor meant that while acting as quizmaster, audience to a live production of Moana and chatting to my mum about her new boiler, I was relaxed knowing the car was in control and my mad family were safe!
We are home safe and sound now and for once, I don’t need a break after the break, thanks to the Citroën C5 Aircross - the perfect car for family trips. Find out more here.