Citroën C6


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IF YOU WANT to avoid the ob­vi­ous Ger­man ex­ec­u­tive smok­ers, the Citroën C6 is like an au­to­mo­tive pack of Gi­tanes. It’s not wil­fully dif­fer­ent for the sake of it, though – the C6 makes a strong case as stylish lux­ury trans­port in its own right.

Pro­duced from 2005 to 2012, to­day it still looks oth­er­worldly, and chan­nels the spirit of DS with its short-tail/long-bon­net pro­por­tions. Three ba­sic en­gines were of­fered: a 215bhp 3.0-litre V6, 208bhp 2.7 V6 HDI (later up­graded to 3.0 litres with 240bhp) and a 173bhp 2.2-litre four­cylin­der diesel.

En­try-level, Lig­nage and Ex­clu­sive trim lev­els were avail­able, but all got cruise con­trol, auto head­lamps, rain-sens­ing wipers, heated/fold­ing mir­rors and du­al­zone air-con.

CAR sub­scriber Shaun Lil­ley owns an im­mac­u­late Ex­clu­sive, one of just 32 3.0-litre HDIs sold here. The in­te­rior im­me­di­ately sets the tone for a re­laxed drive: hugely com­fort­able seats, door bins like a high-end desk and – op­tion­ally in this car – TGV-style re­clin­ing rear seats fit for a pres­i­dent.

Rid­ing on Hy­drac­tive 3+ sus­pen­sion (an evo­lu­tion of the long-run­ning hy­drop­neu­matic sys­tem), the drive lives up to those first im­pres­sions: the chas­sis floats serenely (though the sec­ondary ride can fid­get), the steer­ing is slow, light and oddly re­mote, and even with the 3.0-litre diesel en­gine, ac­cel­er­a­tion is suf­fi­cient rather than gen­er­ous. The C6 is al­ways fab­u­lously re­fined, though, and its neb­u­lous feed­back in­stantly soothes your tem­per­a­ment, like you’re driv­ing while mildly se­dated. I like it.

Only 900 Citroën C6s came to the UK, with around 700 still on the road. Of the 16 we found ad­ver­tised, all were diesel, the cheap­est at £2900 with 190k miles on the clock. Prices typ­i­cally start in the mid £3ks, while £6k opens the door to nicely equipped ex­am­ples with around 60k miles.

The C6 isn’t for every­one, but lim­ited sup­ply and a keen fol­low­ing should en­sure val­ues stay strong once the abused ex­am­ples have dis­ap­peared.

Sump­tu­ous in­te­rior matches the sooth­ing ride. But check the air­con and com­plex elec­tric seats work

On sale 2005 2012 Price then £31,545 (2006 2.7 HDI) Value now £3k-£7.5k

En­gine 2720cc 24v tur­bod­iesel V6, 208bhp, 325lb ft Trans­mis­sion 6-speed auto, front-wheel drive Per­for­mance 8.9sec 0 62mph, 143mph, 32.5mpg,

230g/km CO2

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