Air-conditioning ceased to be a luxury long ago. For example, when it comes to ŠKODA, all FABIAs feature air-conditioning as standard, and the new SCALA hatchback’s Style trim level incorporates Climatronic automatic dual-zone air-conditioning.
In higher-end models, such as the KODIAQ and SUPERB, you’ll even get three-zone Climatronic, with separate backseat passenger controls. This is not a superfluous luxury, as anyone who has experienced disagreements about the interior temperature on the way to the sea for their summer holiday will testify. Three-zone climate control helps to keep parents from being soaked in sweat under the large windscreen without making the kids in the back sneeze with cold.
Modern automatic air-conditioning also switches the internal recirculation on and off automatically in response to air pollution. Few know that Climatronic is in recirculation mode most of the time. ŠKODAs such as the OCTAVIA and KAROQ offer Air Care, a function that automatically prevents contaminated air in conurbations or dusty environments from entering the car. A secondary advantage is the cabin air re-filtering, because the air passes through a cabin filter even when recirculation mode is on. The humidity sensor stops any sudden misting of the glass. The system also bears in mind the need to ventilate with fresh air so that the occupants do not find themselves in a stuffy environment for too long. It mixes outdoor and indoor air as and when conditions allow.
In modern automatic air-conditioning, there are many more sensors at work. They monitor outside and inside temperature and humidity, system pressure, and the compressor settings. The sunlight sensor is also important as it can detect not only the intensity, but also the direction, of the sun’s rays. It adjusts the air temperature for the left and right side of the car accordingly. Automatic climate control is much more beneficial to users than it seems.