2006 Citroen C6 HDI Exclusive 2.7 turbo diesel
Solidly built, comfortable, quiet, rapid, and different
The passenger side auto-folding mirror mechanism went on the fritz about a month back, but has since fixed itself.
The boot lid had not been aligned properly when the car was delivered. Fixed promptly by the dealer as the misalignment let in water.
Citroen is now lurking just outside the top ten most reliable car manufacturers in the UK. If the rest of the range is built like my C6, it's no surprise why.
There are no rattles nor any annoying squeaks. It's very solidly built with that same square-shouldered feel to the steering as you expect in any BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Most manufacturers have cottoned on to the fact that buyers find this preferable to an over-assisted wheel, so it's no surprise.
The 2.7-litre twin-turbo diesel that's also in the Jaguar XJ is quick, but it's not a miracle oil-burner like BMW's equivalent, it doesn't have the refinement or power of the Benz, and it isn't particularly economical. The 2.2-litre twin-turbo alternative is a truly great engine, but not in this big car -- leave that to the C5.
The leather interior has the one grade and isn't as supple as some options offered by the Germans, but it's ultra hard wearing and the TGV-style seats are the most long-distance comfortable I've sat in. My previous car used to give me pains down my right side on long journeys, and the C6 simply doesn't.
The seats in the rear are even more cushy than those in the front, with the optional Lounge Pack adding heating and electric reclining. Space for rear passengers is more than ample, being matched only by the LWB versions of the S-Class and 7-Series. It's really not a small car on the inside.
Comfort is unmatched at speed, although as is the case with all Hydractive cars, the ride can be a little crashy around town when travelling at lower speeds over poor surfaces. The C6 doesn't have the supreme body control of the S-Class, nor does it reign in the annoying head toss you get down bumpy lanes, but it's exceptionally quiet and incredibly smooth overall. And unlike the S-Class, there is no audible turbulence around the external mirrors on the motorway.
I know the design is love-it-or-hate-it, but it's very Gallic, very distinctive (particularly at night because of a multitude of amber running lights), and in the UK there are next to none on the road, meaning that unlike the equivalent 5-Series or E-Class, you're never likely to be trying your key in the wrong car in a busy car park.
The one downside to a price tag that is, but a fraction of the competition is a liberal dose of borrowed components, most notably the plasticky indicator stalks and horribly dated satnav system seen in the current C5 (though due to be replaced by the HDD-based one from the 2008 C5 some time next year).
All in all though, if you value comfort over perceived status, and have an open mind about cars that aren't predictably German, then I can almost guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.
Top cap it all, my local Citroen dealer have been friendlier and more helpful than any previous Mercedes or BMW outfit.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th November, 2007
Oh! Splendid car. Your Citroen C6 is a superb combination between artistic design with a strong personality and highly executed engineering, in my opinion. Certainly, her engine muscle is plebeian, but her cruising ability and stamina are similar to none. I have heard of an example of a Citroen C6 being able to cruise at about 250km/h (155mph) which is much higher than the manufacturer data of 230km/h (143mph),and almost no fatigue after a 2000km trip day! So it is a triumph of engineering.
On the other hand, the C6's controls and switches are rather complicated and quirkily arranged, frankly speaking. So it takes a lot of time and effort to operate the big Citroen's instrument panel sufficiently for those who are accustomed to ordinary cars. And its fuel consumption is rather high, especially in the petrol unit (3.0-litres V6) guise. It is proof that Citroen's petrol unit is high time due for replacement with a new-generation unit! Her V6 petrol engine, yielding 215bhp, needs quite a long straight to reach 240-250km/h and acceleration time is below average (for example,0-100km/h is in 9sec bracket.). It is in the same level as the VW Golf 1.4TSI with only 140bhp!
I hope the brand-new V6 petrol unit for Citroen C6 will be the direct-injection V6 with light pressure turbo, of 250-260bhp bracket (too much power gives the car excessive torque steer.). V6 diesel turbo, the best unit among the C6 range, has strong and constant torque of 44.2kgm so its efficiency is enough for her 1820kg body.
Recently, the 2.7 V6 diesel turbo has been replaced by a vastly-improved 3.0 diesel with 240bhp, that's the best Citroen in the history! Her acceleration and cruising ability can be called a counter punch toward the king of this class-the Mercedes E320CDI. The new C6 3.0HDI is not only the fastest saloon in Citroen history, but also the trigger for a new era of Citroen, I think.
Wait till you try and trade it!
Why would anyone want to trade in a car they love? 'Trade-in' is company car speak for the company trading in the residual value of a car to use as a deposit on a new model, writing off the net depreciation against corporation tax. C6 owners don't care about trade-in value, HP or contract hire rates. They bought the car of their choice from their private wealth and will it drive it until economically nonviable, many owners probably beyond this stage!
Well I intend to keep mine, so there!!!