Citroen offers in-car wi-fi access

  • C3, C4 Picasso, C5, C6 and DS3 cars offered with wi-fi access
  • Will be extended to all car and van models soon
  • Option priced from £545 including fitting

Citroen is offering on-board wi-fi access as an option on certain models.

The £545 option allows drivers to access the internet from their car and is being offered on the C3, C3 Picasso, C4 Picasso, C5, C6 and new DS3 models. Citroen will extend the wi-fi option to the rest of its car and van ranges before the end of the year.

On-board wifi technology has previously been the preserve of expensive luxury cars, so Citroen's move brings the technology to a much wider audience, and to fleet drivers in particular.

Citroen's sister company Peugeot is also actively investigating bringing the technology to its range, although no timescale has been announced.

The wi-fi system works by installing a box, which houses a 3G SIM card. This makes the car a wi-fi hotspot and enables multiple devices to be used while the car is on the move, such as laptops, smart phones and portable games consoles.

The system will also allow mobile workers to check their emails and access the internet, although doubtless companies will have to introduce health and safety guidelines to ensure staff do not use the devices while driving.

The option costs from £545 (including fitting) but excludes the cost of the SIM card and internet access charges.