Lucky me. That’s all I’ll say. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of my friend and editor of What Diesel magazine, Ian Robertson, I’ve found myself the pilot of a Citroën C6 for the week.
Now, I’ve never hidden the fact that I am firmly out of the closet when it comes to Citroëns – I love these cars – and of the current range, the C6 is the one that most successfully encapsulates all that is good about the company. For me, anyway.
For one, it looks amazing. It’s an amalgam of CX and SM, with a bit of new-age C4/C5 thrown in for good measure. As national flagships go, it’s spot on, owing nothing at all to what the opposition in Germany, the UK, Italy… or anywhere else for that matter, are doing. It’s French and ruddy proud of it thank you very much.
Objectively, you could say it stacks up a bunch more negatives than, say, a 5-Series or E-Class, but who cares about that, when it looks so special, and turns every trip into an occasion. No, you have to admire the C6 for sticking two fingers up at convention and really excelling at the things that big Citroëns have traditionally been so good at – delivering passenger comfort and looking stunning in the process.
Nope, as is the wont of today’s media-savvy carmakers, sporting handling is the thing to have these days, so to fly against that and produce something akin to a sofa on wheels is commercial bravery encapsulated. And sticking to your guns.
Let’s celebrate the fact that the C6 exists because, love it or hate it, you can’t help but really appreciate the fact that its designers worked so hard to make it different…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.