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Citroen C6 (2005-Onwards)

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Inspired by the C6 Lignage prototype the Citroen C6 arrived as the largest piece in the plan to revitalise the Citroën brand. With the influence of chief designer Jean-Pierre Ploué it introduced a flagship to a range that had long lacked a car of its imposing size and character.

The C6 was launched officially at the Frankfurt motor show. At the time, it was hoped that the C6 would go into production by the end of 2001 as the replacement for the aging XM. which was first produced in 1989.The XM ceased production in June 2000 but the first C6 didn't roll off the production line until some years later.

Following in the wheels of the DS, CX and XM and built on a stretched C5 platform with Hydractive IV suspension C6 had the sort of looks a big Citroen should have. The C6 has a fastback profile which is due in part to the concave rear window, similar to the Citroën CX. It is however a conventional saloon with a classic boot and not a hatchback like its XM predecessor.

Citroen C6comes with a host of goodies like laminated side windows to filter out exterior noise. Wood and leather inside. Head-up information display projected onto the windscreen. Electric parking brake. Lane Departure Warning System, Xenon dual function directional headlamps. Front and rear parking sensors, daytime running lights and butterfly-type, flat-blade rain sensitive wipers.Theres a NaviDrive telematics system, Bluetooth mobile phone technology and a high performance JBL hi-fi system, can also be specified.

There are just the nine airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees, as well as active head restraints which help prevent whiplash injuries.

ESP and a high-performance braking system that includes ventilated discs at both front and rear and an  active pop up bonnet earned it the World's first Four Star NCAP pedestrian safety award. Also Excellent five star NCAP crash safety rating four stars for child safety.

For: It looks and drives like a big Citroen should, Brilliant ride, smooth and very hushed. Plenty of high-tech gadgets. Excellent crash safety ratings.

Against: German rivals hold their value better. Restricted boot.

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CitroenC6 2005-Onwards Running costs and models:

MPG (Miles per gallon)

Insurance groups

38.7- 42.8

15 - 17

Model

MPG

Band

CO2:

2.2 HDi

42 mpg

J

199 g/km

2.2 HDi Exclusive

42 mpg

J

199 g/km

2.2 HDi Lignage

42 mpg

H

175 g/km

2.7 HDi V6 Exclusive Auto

32.5 mpg

L

230 g/km

2.7 HDi V6 Lignage Auto

32.5 mpg

L

230 g/km

3.0 HDi V6 Exclusive

38 mpg

J

190 g/km

3.0i V6 Auto

25 mpg

G

266 g/km

3.0i V6 Exclusive Auto

25 mpg

G

266 g/km

3.0i V6 Lignage Auto

25 mpg

G

266 g/km

2.2 HDi

42 mpg

H

175 g/km

2.2 HDi Exclusive

42 mpg

H

175 g/km

 

 

 



 

 

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