Volkswagen is dabbling into a market which was created by air filtration companies, the one which focuses on having those miniature air filters in your car to clean the air. So far, I haven’t experienced one nor does my sinuses need it. Volkswagen, on the other hand, says that they have developed a special automatic climate control system which prevents pollutants from entering the car. They call it the “Air Care Climatronic“.
According to the German Allergy Sufferers and Asthma Association (DAAB), about 20 per cent of all Germans will develop a pollen allergy in the course of their lives.The air purification system is available for all current Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Passat models as well as the new Polo and Arteon. It uses an air quality sensor with an active biogenic filter that is even more effective than conventional pollen filters. The active biogenic filter also prevents fungal spores and minute allergens from entering the car. When the Air Care function is activated on the air conditioning menu, the incoming fresh air and the proportion of recirculated air inside the passenger compartment are mixed and cleaned so that the quality of the air in the car remains stable at a constant high level and usage of the filter is optimised. In addition, an air quality sensor registers excessive levels of certain pollutants in the outdoor air and switches to recirculation mode if necessary, preventing your own exhaust gas or the smell of the washer fluid from entering the car.
The air conditioning regulation has three different settings (“Gentle”, “Medium”, “Strong”) to suit individual preferences. The “Gentle” setting, for instance, was conceived for families with young children. The climate inside the Volkswagen is also fine-tuned by sun and humidity sensors, the latter of which ensure healthy humidity levels and helps prevent the windows from misting up.
Air Care Climatronic is available in the new Polo and on all Golf models with two-zone air conditioning (for the driver and front-seat passenger). The Touran, Tiguan, Passat, and Arteon are available with a three-zone system (with additional individual control for the rear passenger compartment).