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We briefly drove the C5 Air­cross in pro­to­type guise on a short han­dling cir­cuit that con­sisted of smooth Tar­mac and cob­bled roads.

It was im­pos­si­ble not to no­tice the ex­tra pad­ding in the seats: pos­te­ri­orsink­ingly soft at first, but with sturdy side bol­sters and plenty of un­der-thigh sup­port.

The hy­draulic cush­ions helped the car glide over nor­mal roads, with less vi­bra­tion over rougher sur­faces than tra­di­tional dampers. The sys­tem isn’t in­fal­li­ble – speed bumps were still able to un­set­tle the ride, for in­stance – but, for the most part, it gives the C5 a char­ac­ter that’s unique among its peers.

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