Citroen C6 Review

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“arguably, the car in the world”

“The back end the design down losing in a mess of uncertainty”

The Citroen C6 is a conglomeration of technology, luxury, and cutting edge styling.

The C6 is yet another example of a manufacturer of market cars wasting of euros on egocentric attempts to cars in a sector where it is to fail.

Which of these will the C6 fall in?

On the plus Citroen can point to a history of with magnificent, desirable which set new heights of technological and made buyers go weak at the with desire.

Think of the Citroen Light 15 Traction in the 1930s which pioneered a body (no chassis) and front-wheel Then there’s the DS, which in was aerodynamically way ahead of its time and us hydropneumatic suspension, disc and swivelling headlights. The SM, a supercar venture with Italy’s introduced speed sensitive and the XM in the 1990s, just looked

Where’s the élan, quirkiness?

But being taken over by in 1975, after overreaching financially in the pursuit of perfection, has lost its reputation for the avant-garde. of its models now are, not surprisingly, of Peugeots. The élan and quirkiness has in the name of financial responsibility. the small-selling top of the range models use the hydraulic, now called hydractive

Sales are hampered by a reputation for

The C6 has a huge mountain to climb to its rich heritage, not to mention the competition.

The C6 grabs your Its looks hit you right between the It is big. It is sleek, at least of it is. The back end lets the design as it seems to lose itself in a of uncertainty.

Inside it is huge and for all the passengers. You could get five in and they’d be happy.

TGV seats

The seats are called TGVs of their ability to slide and forth electrically, like the French train’s seats. The passengers have a veto the front passenger; you can push a to make the front passenger move forward. Presumably, Chirac insisted on this Citroen designers consulted (Cynics will say that the willing buyer of a C6 will be President of France.).

The rimless doors shut more of a rattle than the satisfying kerthunk.

The quality of the is good without being up to the of the cars to beat in this #150; BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar. The fake on the facia was atrocious. The dials not particularly easy to read, but doesn’t matter because of the Up Display, which projects all the information you need into a at eye level.

This works particularly in areas with speed cameras and changing limits which normally much looking down and from where you’re However in the short time the car, I couldn’t find out how to the amount of fuel remaining.


The C6’s ride much. When you turn on the you feel the self-levelling suspension slightly, and settle back when you turn it off. But on the the ride seemed floaty and far from the magic carpet you would have expected the hydractive suspension. This was because a button for a harsher, setting had been selected.

The sophistication and extent of technology can to unintended consequences. The suspension as the car gathers speed to improve and cut wind resistance and therefore use. The steering was sharp and belying the bigness of the car.

makes a big deal about the specification included in the price. are dual function Xenon headlights, a speed sensitive spoiler, electric parking automatic windscreen wipers and cruise control with limiter, and automatic dual air conditioning, all standard.


“Buyers of other similarly cars will struggle to the C6’s standard equipment without picking items their options list and several thousand pounds into the budget,” says

According to Citroen, it will almost £3,000 for an Audi A6 2.7 TDi S to match the C6’s specification, £6,500 for a BMW 530D SE, and £5,000 for a E320 CDi Avantgarde.`

And this is where the battle for will take place.

will play an important and according to Jason King, Editor at residual value EurotaxGlass, the C6 scores well

Citroen C6

“The C6 is a fine car and a thing of a work of art almost. It shows Citroen has returned to its roots and design is passionate and at the forefront of thinking. Is it enough in a car for this in the U.K.

Probably not at the price Citroen has decided upon. A spec and great looks seems insufficient to overcome the that the brand still with it,” said

Residual estimates spell

Sadly, in this price the chances don’t look according to King, and he estimates the C6 Exclusive HDi, will be only 28 per cent of its purchase after 3 years and 60,000

When you consider that estimates the residual value of a BMW 5 2.5 TD SE at 44 per an Audi 2.7 TDi SE at 41 per cent, and a Mercedes 3.0 E320 Elegance at 40 per cent 3 years, you can see that the big Citroen is a losing battle.

But if you do take the plunge, at least you be safe.

Safety is a big bragging for Citroen as it labels the C6 “arguably, the car in the world” because of its 5-star NCAP rating for passenger and 4-star score for pedestrian

Warning ripples

Other stuff includes the complete of acronyms for computerised safety, pressure warning, and active restraints. The Lane Departure System, which sends of er warning through your has been inherited from the C4, on the C6 I drove, the ripples sometimes on without apparent reason. The was just trying to please me,

There are three trim – the C6, C6 Lignage and C6 Exclusive and two engines #150; a 3.0i V6 petrol and a 2.7 HDi V6 diesel which performs in the Range Rover Jaguar S and XJ, and Volvo S80. company Peugeot has a diesel joint venture with which owns Range Jaguar and Volvo).

The base model includes dual zone air conditioning. adds HUD, electric with 5 options, dual-function headlights, front and rear sensors. The Exclusive includes the Departure thing, NavDrive, activation, and you can pay for the TGV seats.


start at £29,545 (€43,400) and top out at (€55,500) for the Exclusive.

Citroen that it is not competing with the because of the small numbers it be selling #150; hundreds in (1,200 a year apparently), not the moved by Audi, BMW, and Citroen only expects to 20,000 C6s globally in a year. few buyers will be won over by the “looks, its class leading of comfort and refinement and the company’s reputation for creating iconic cars,” said Citroen.

It be helped by buyers’ boredom the Teutonic product, says a claim also echoed by Cadillac in its own uphill struggle to against the Germans.

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