Citroen C6 review (2006-2010) – MSN Cars UK

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Citroen C6

Citroen C6

review (2006-2010)

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In an industry seemingly happy that the Golf Mark 5 looks just like the Mark 1,2 3 and 4, there have already been a couple of outstanding, adventurous designs this decade that have broken the mould.

The Mercedes CLS and now the Citroen C6 are both truly advant garde models, cars that it is impossible to do justice too in a photograph.

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If the C6 really is going to build up a presence in this highly competitive market sector it needs to drive well. “Early adopters” have a choice of two V6 engines, later on there will be cheaper four-cylinder models. Of these the 3.0 petrol unit is the poorer choice. You’d honestly be forgiven for mistaking the sound of this 3.0-litre for a diesel; it’s just not refined enough for this class of car.

The 2.7, however (the same twin-turbo diesel as in Jaguar’s S-Type and XJ) is a peach of a unit. With 208bhp it is only marginally less powerful than the petrol C6 and it has bucket-loads more torque. The result is a 0-60mph time half a second quicker at 8.9 seconds, and 32mpg instead of 25mpg economy.

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The reality, however, is these are not the figures of a sporting car. Even if they were, the poor steering would push the C6 back into the default Grand Tourer class rather than the area where most buyers seem to be looking. The issue is simply that the steering weight is far too light. Easy for parking and town work, sure, but with barely any feel of the road for serious cross country work.

It’s a shame, because the chassis is good enough to provide loads of grip on any surface, but without the reassurance of decent road feel through the steering wheel, you can’t exploit it.

There are other areas where Citroen seems to have just missed the point. The rear spoiler, which pops up from the boot lid in two stages, is fully deployed at 125kph. Fine for French motorways where the limit is 130kph but no good in the UK.

125 kph equates to 78mph, so any C6 with its spoiler fully erect will simply be saying “Look at me, I’m speeding”. Citroen hasn’t thought this through, nor the fact that, without keyless door opening and starting, an automatic handbrake or power adjustment to the steering column, it falls behind its rivals. None of these are essential, but if you are spending close to £40,000, which you can on a well-specified C6, you expect the little extras.

This is a shame. Any car enthusiast will delight in the fact that Citroen has built the C6. It’s really courageous model which shows there is still a place for style and innovation in the car market. The C6 looks stunning, is deeply comfortable, and it’s not German. For some that will be enough.

But they will have to contend themselves that, deep down, the C6 isn’t nearly as special as it looks – fine in most departments, but certainly flawed in others. Like all previously big Citroens, in fact.

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