Road Test: Citroen C6 2.7 V6 HDi Exclusive

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AT THIS WEEK S media introduction for the new right-hand Citroen C6 executive four-door range #151; which be in dealer showrooms from #151; Citroen UK said the C6 is for people who do not want to follow the when choosing their transport. They ‘ re right #151; with its Gallic looks you ‘ ll a certain flamboyant insouciance to be behind the wheel.

They say that only Citroen have built an executive car as the C6 and it follows their history of a long line of beautiful and ‘great’ cars such as the DS, CX and SM of the past.

Citroen concedes are pitting the C6 against stiff such as the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, E-Class, Jaguar S-Type as as Lexus, where supreme dynamics and performance are traditional requirements.

The C6’s trump offers much more in the way of styling, strong safety innovative on-board technologies and carpet ride comfort. it ‘delivers’ for drivers and passengers

With only 20,000 of the C6 being manufactured on a bespoke line for global sales year, Citroen insists is no pressure on them to force of this executive car. in itself is good news for dealers and potential customers worried about future values.

For the UK market, Citroen say the C6 will in its hundreds #151; not thousands and it is being built to order so will be no issue with of cars without any homes to go to. If or the UK dealers, do not have the exact C6 a customer wants in stock, not a problem. Because the cars are to order, the required model can be to the customer in just 8 to 10 weeks.

The C6 is with two engine options: a V6, 215bhp petrol unit or the new V6 PSA/Ford 2.7-litre twin-turboed HDi engine, which is expected to for 80 per cent of C6 sales. Both are mated to six-speed sequential gearboxes. The C6 is available with levels of specification: standard C6, #151; the anticipated main #151; and the range-topping Exclusive.

start at Ј29,545 and rise to

Because of its high standard Citroen says the C6 offers value than most of its Extra cost options on such as the BMW 530d SE can add over to their published price. In terms this makes the C6 to buy.

Later in the year a brand new four-cylinder 173bhp HDi diesel #151; also from the alliance and offering both and automatic transmission options will be added to the range.

acknowledges that, in the UK, their 210 outlets have limited in selling vehicles into the and executive market sectors #151; as they are #151; used to offering value-for-money in a very competitive market by volume sales.

With the new C6, have the option whether to the new model or not. The new executive will not form part of the annual sales targets. Citroen says that the relatively low numbers of sales expect in the UK that most will already know customers, and have them for the C6’s arrival.

But because will be dealing with car customers and taking other of executive cars in part Citroen dealers have in business measures to help deal efficiently with new sector.

To stop the ‘distress’ of C6 demonstrators, Citroen will back a demonstrator that is not of the specification wanted by a customer and it for the right car. They are using a company called JTK who specialise in providing trade-in for used premium cars. means that the Citroen can give any customer an accurate valuation on their existing car the price of a new C6.

If the transaction takes place, the can either choose to sell the model on their own forecourt or the car be sent to JTK Remarketing for them to of through the normal trade channels.

For Ј499, Citroen will also be offering C6 a three-year full maintenance that also covers and tear items. Citroen, are making it as easy as possible for dealers to sell the C6 to executive car

On the subject of who will buy the C6 in the UK, Citroen that because of its unique and technical innovation it will to

a select group of people. directors, for instance. People, in who want individuality. The executive and private hire market, I am will be taking a close at the C6.

Whilst some private are expected, many buyers be user-chooser business customers and low-volume fleet sales are Citroen’s fleet sales arm is in contact with the French living and working in the UK who could be to the C6. Businesses with French and even foreign embassies are all customers.

Citroen C6

The biggest problem Citroen has the C6 is for buyers to take the bold of buying a large and expensive car. In the past, French cars have not done in the UK and have suffered with residual values and reliability Being built on a special line in limited number certainly help overcome issues. As long as the UK dealers who have, in recent years on volume sales of very priced cars #151; can

to dealing with premium the C6 should have a good

Unless you drive your car in the UK in the of darkness, we now spend most of our trundling along at 50mph on or 70mph on motorways or #151; still #151; sitting in queues of traffic. Consequently in real-life conditions #151; and driving dynamics have a role in our requirements. Comfort and #151; pampering, even are much more important.

And is where the C6 scores very indeed.

It is not as sharp in the handling department as an German car but the computerised hydraulic makes this a car designed for The large, comfortable and power-adjustable and ride comfort are superb, there is some road intrusion mainly because the C6 even the very likeable version #151; is so quiet.

The C6 is of refinement and it looks really put together. It is also a very car, achieving the highest NCAP safety ratings even for pedestrians, with its pop-up energy-absorbing bonnet. are numerous (including knee and standard safety equipment ESP and active headrests.

The C6 is also of desirable technologies, way too many to here. But the head-up display and SatNav direction arrows), onto the windscreen, is especially of a mention.

The 2.7-litre twin-turbo engine is the best power to go for. Its high torque and and the 34mpg my test car returned a tour of The Cotswolds, was impressive. The V6 engine only returned over the same route and had to be harder to get the same performance.

But it doesn’t enjoy the diesel’s ft of torque that’s available only 1,900rpm and the diesel accelerates faster to 62mph as

The C6 scores highly in most It has a superbly comfortable cruising a spacious interior, and is well (electric seats, full control, swivelling xenon reclining and heated rear parking sensors, A-list JBL system and SatNav), packed safety features and with fit and finish. Some will it pricey ‘for a Citroen’ and its have yet to be confirmed.

My test car had noise intrusion and the ride be fidgety at low speeds, but both relatively minor complaints and I not see these putting prospective off owning one.

But it’s the stand-out styling that’s the one that sets this head-and-shoulders apart from all of the executive cars currently on the It will not be to everybody’s taste, but it certainly attract attention. And like to be noticed. Plus

a nice environment to travel in as Look on it as First Class air for the road. Concorde lives! la France! #151; David

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