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End of the centre console 25 8.53%
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Old 23rd June 2024, 10:19   #1
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The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

These days, many cars come with rear air-conditioner vents - something very essential in our hot and humid country. They help the rear passengers keep their cool particularly in the rather unbearable summers. While many cars come with rear air-conditioner vents, the location of the vents varies from model to model.

Let's have a look at some examples.

End of the centre console:

The most common place to have the vents is here. They are within easy reach of all the rear seat passengers of the car. However, they take up the legroom of the middle passenger.

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B-Pillars:

Some cars have them on the B-Pillars. This keeps the legroom for the middle passenger untouched. However, they are not within easy reach of all passengers. Besides, the flow of air from these may not reach the middle passenger very easily

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Roof:

Some cars, particularly utility vehicles have their rear air-conditioner vents mounted on the roof. This is a convenient location for all rear seat occupants to operate. It doesn't hinder legroom either. However, unless the vehicle has enough cabin height, head room could be compromised. Again, with the advent of big panoramic sunroofs, having a roof-mounted air-conditioner is not possible.

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Above rear doors:

For cars with panoramic sunroofs, some manufacturers have started placing the rear vents above the rear doors, but that puts them out of reach of some occupants. Also, this means that the air flow comes at the occupants from the sides and not the front.

The best location for rear air-conditioner vents-roof-side.jpg

So, where would you prefer your car's rear air-conditioner vents to be located?

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Old 23rd June 2024, 10:25   #2
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Old 23rd June 2024, 10:36   #3
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re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

In our Octavia, when I sit in the middle, others always complain that I’m blocking the airflow. Reason = there is a huge hump for the central tunnel so the air blows right at my knees even at the uppermost, outermost airflow angle.

I like the Innova’s implementation with the vents above the rear doors but think it works only because of the captain seats. In general I think having it in the roof works best, panoramic sunroof be damned, especially in implementations where the rear vents have a dedicated compressor.
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Old 23rd June 2024, 10:51   #4
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Voted roof. but instead of the ertiga and brv implementation I like Carens implementation. each passenger gets to choose the airflow and direction as they like and the placement doesn't affect legroom or headroom.
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re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

My vote would be for rear AC vents being on roof.

In my opinion, advantage of having AC vents on roof is because of location of vents, the air flow is conveniently received at position of face and upper body of rear seat passengers from the front.
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re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

In a sedan (especially a large one), I'd prefer a combination of vents at the end of the centre console as well as on the B-pillars, just like the previous generation Superb.

For a big SUV, roof mounted vents are the best choice, since there will be enough space to accommodate them without eating into the headroom, unlike in most sedans. If there absolutely has to be a panoramic sunroof, then vents mounted above the rear doors would also do the job, albeit leaving out the middle passenger.

Hence I think that vents at the end of the centre console are necessary even with other setups in large cars (the front centre A/C vents in smaller cars will do the job for them, but not in large cars, something I can see in our Superb vs our Fiesta).

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re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

I have always envied cars with vents on the B pillar. It is perfectly positioned in my opinion. Roof vents eliminate the possibility of a panoramic sunroof, vents on the central tunnel don’t cool the face effectively and only cool the knees, but vents in the B pillar look good since they are usually vertically shaped and thus don’t break up the interior design while also being effective.
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Old 23rd June 2024, 12:23   #8
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I would like the rear a/c vents at a rather strange position - at the back of the front seats
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re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

Center Console mounted would be my preference - no data just experience.

Having rear vents at the back of the center Console does have an advantage , they can get space for a big coil and blower , so the entire cabin can be cooled quickly - provided the compress is also of adequate size.

This set up would be ideal if you have a panoramic sunroof that will nicely heat soak the interiors and plenty of air has to be moved around and chilled to bring the cabin to a decent condition.

Disadvantage is that initially it will be too cold for the passenger #5 , some can even freeze certain parts

The vents from the roof is also effective , I do find them to be a bit slower in comparison but they do the job well. B pillar vents are okay , maybe the cars I have experienced them did not have a good AC to begin with, so all these things could vary.
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re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

I would prefer the roof. Kushaq has it at the end of the centre console and I am not a fan of it.
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Re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

I have yet to sit in a car that has powerful (and I mean p-o-w-e-r-f-u-l) rear AC vents in the most common position, that is between the front seats (the tail end of the center console).

However, every MPV / SUV I've sat in with roof-mounted rear air-con vents has been mega. Hence, voted for that.
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Re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

My observation, it depends on the type of car. For Sedans and hatchbacks, end of centre console would suffice. For MPVs like the Hycross and Crysta, roof or above rear doors work best. I have a different take, AC vents are best to be kept above as cold air is denser. I feel the Crysta has one of the best implemented rear AC vent position, present for both second and third rows at a very convenient position.
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Re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

For me it the roof vents, then the one's above rear door, then the B-Pillar vents, and only then then in the center console.

However, if it's powerful enough and there is enough space, the one's in the center console too work well enough.
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Re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

The Roof-mounted aircon unit on our Ertiga was a boon for every single passenger who would sit in the car. Even my dog loved it.

The center console unit on the Brezza is close to being a useless one. Cool Air hardly flows through it, even if the fan is kept at high speed. My dog hates it to the core of his pious soul.

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Old 24th June 2024, 11:49   #15
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Re: The best location for rear air-conditioner vents

Voted 'Other' because I want them all!

Couldn't hurt, right? Actually, I've seen a few cars - like Skoda Yeti- with rear feet vents; I'll take those as well.

So, I want more!

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