The Citroen CX Is an Amazingly Quirky and Weird French Luxury Car

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Doug DeMuro

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The Citroen CX is a crazy car with amazing quirks. Today I’m reviewing the Citroen CX and I’ll show you all the weird quirks of this unusual French luxury car. I’m also driving the Citroen CX, and I’ll show you what it’s like behind the wheel of a weird 1980s Citroën!
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Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp Timme sedan
Maybe foot rests are lumbar support.. would make more sense
Brian Sharp
Brian Sharp Timme sedan
More fender skirts please
Christianpreaching 4 timmar sedan
I've got that old matchbox car
Bruno Marques
Bruno Marques 7 timmar sedan
You are wird!
George Altezza
George Altezza 10 timmar sedan
Please do a Citroen AX GTI
Markus Oberndörfer
Markus Oberndörfer 10 timmar sedan
This car was also delivered to the communist East-Germany and served some higher ranks in the regime. They were painted in dark blue. After the reunification a friend of mine had one in this color and we made a trip to Czechoslovakia via eastern Germany. We arrived the border in the middle of the night and the german border guard found it somehow a bit strange. So they controlled us very intensively. Half a year later we had a barrel of beer in the trunk and we lost it underway. It rolled down into a valley in the midst of a forest and we did not find it again. Since then we transported beer barrels on the front passenger seat with seat belts on.
Ales Krajnc
Ales Krajnc 11 timmar sedan
Doug doesn't seem to know much about Citroens. Firstly, the "Prestige" label is there for a reason - it's 25cm longer than an ordinary CX. Also, he acts like self centering is a bug rather than a feature. Most importantly, he should take it up to around 140 kp/h and THEN talk about drive comfort, especially compared to other cars of that era. This thing was light years ahead of the competition in that regard. Light years. There are only two cars that drive as comfortably as this one - Citroen XM and Citroen C6. Oh, yeah, and one of the Rolls Royce models that bought the Citroen pneumatic suspension license. No other car comes close to the smoothness of this thing.
phil merlot
phil merlot 14 timmar sedan
Curse those Allemans for bringing out a five-cylinder engine !
Andy Lund
Andy Lund 18 timmar sedan
These definately looked a bit old fashioned in the mid to late 80s. Of course Citroen were odd, that was part of the charm!
Fadil Maulana
Fadil Maulana 21 timme sedan
Mat Dag sedan
16:41 it looks like it would smell like stale cigarette smoke in a 70s office
TevLeX Dag sedan
as if it was glued together from parts from 5 different cars.
MrCesarcamilo76 Dag sedan
Try the ds 1970....,
BloominqGuitars Dag sedan
hey can you make a video about the Citroen 2CV6 Club well you can think whatsoever you want anyway i like your video make more!
Panagiotis Sparis
Panagiotis Sparis Dag sedan
Sorry Doug! Your comments about Citroen are quirky. The CX was ahead of its time and so are many French cars that opened new frontiers in the automotive industry besides the hydrolastic suspension. Front drive was also a major advance, as the four wheel independent suspension massively applied in France since 2CV. At the time CX was perhaps the safest car on the road. Citroen went bankrupt not because of luck of innovations but because exploring new possibilities and experimenting is so expensive. Please watch the "Citroen XM story" and see what went wrong with this car.
John P. Denver
John P. Denver Dag sedan
Doug, you are a strange and arrogant American... I bet you voted for Biden...
John P. Denver
John P. Denver Dag sedan
Back when you knew it was a Citroën or Ford that passed you... Today cars all look alike.
j biertje
j biertje Dag sedan
Doug looks at it from an american's perspective.. and then it's really weird indeed... 😁
Coco Pops
Coco Pops Dag sedan
THIIIIIIS is Quirk Douglas.....!!!
TheFavorista Dag sedan
The outer driver-side door handle orientation isn't super weird for the 80s. The bullnose F-150 had it the same way, just not with a super-flush button that matched the handle.
Ian Shippen
Ian Shippen Dag sedan
"Big number for a European car of this period" - well compared to an American V8 of the same era it is a pretty big number full stop ..
Richard Kelley
Richard Kelley Dag sedan
0 to 60 in ten min.s!!
Dana W
Dana W Dag sedan
I suspect that’s a real joy to get parts for in the the American Midwest.
Jan Dvorak
Jan Dvorak Dag sedan
These Citroen cars were used by movie industry in Czechoslovakia to shoot riding scenes thanks to its greatest hydro pneumatic suspension that these cars have. Cameraman love them. Nowadays cinematographer have gyroscopes that minimizes any shaking.
Tec Blade
Tec Blade Dag sedan
All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"
Belived Dag sedan
That door latch is made for Americans
Henrix98 Dag sedan
Nice, we used to have one up to when I was like 5 yrs old. Obviously not this prestige model but CX nonetheless. The upgrade for us was of course XM :)
Warley .S
Warley .S 2 dagar sedan
Barnabas Nanay
Barnabas Nanay 2 dagar sedan
@Doug DeMuro The rear window shape has the purpose to keep the window dry when it's raining. Above certain speeds, the rain doesn't hit the rear window. :)
john leon
john leon 2 dagar sedan
For Citroën lovers this CX is way to normal dude :) You should have taken the 1982 model with the first ever "digital" dash :D. And btw : you say Citroën like "sit"+ "tro" + "N" not "sithrone" Doug.... /faceslap :D
Der Oettel
Der Oettel 2 dagar sedan
The concav shape of the rear window creates a area of low pressure, so that dirt gets carried away and rearview sight doesn't gets bad.
Danial Motamedi sede
Danial Motamedi sede 2 dagar sedan
What does practicality mean?
Gummans Gubbe
Gummans Gubbe 2 dagar sedan
I always open the driver door with my left hand before I enter, otherwise I would block myself.
Jesse Dinning
Jesse Dinning 2 dagar sedan
This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative
LMacNeill 2 dagar sedan
Citroen was sold in Canada at a much higher quantity than in the US. I'd think you could get parts there, possibly. Easier than having to have parts shipped all the way from Europe, at least. But, yeah, getting parts is definitely more difficult than for most other old cars, I'm sure.
BonuxCouleur 2 dagar sedan
Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.
Philip Donelan
Philip Donelan 2 dagar sedan
My dad had a CX estate (wagon) and it was the smoothest car I've ever rode in. Coin holder - many toll roads in France. Saves trying to empty your pockets all the time at the toll booths. Self centering steering - designed to drive at high speeds with the least amount of stress. High beam and horn on the opposite ends of the controls allowed my dad to use horn and headlights at the same time, in emergency situations, while still holding the steering wheel with both hands. Safer. We could load up the back of the car and tow a caravan and the car would remain level, and therefore more stable and safer. Amazing vehicle.
CreationsVibration 2 dagar sedan
Its a four door honda insight
Arias Huntley
Arias Huntley 2 dagar sedan
Doug stop, i can only have so many dream cars.
lockjockjr 2 dagar sedan
Sorry but the Citroën is not cool
michel husk
michel husk 2 dagar sedan
By far one of the most difficult front door glasses to fit, very frustrating , I fingered out the best way after many hours , if you need to know reply and I'll give you the heads up..
jack warren
jack warren 3 dagar sedan
My grandparents had the "station wagon" version. Tailgate was as wide as a volvo. Suspension issues killed it.
gonçalo filipe
gonçalo filipe 3 dagar sedan
This video is trash , you don't know anything about the cx, learn the citroen cx history before you talk 👎
Douglas Faichnie
Douglas Faichnie 3 dagar sedan
My brother had a black one with tan leather when I was 6 (1986). I remember traveling to karate lessons listening to a ‘tape’ of the Ghostbusters soundtrack! It was/is very cool and quirky. Thanks Doug 👌
french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage
glorf1234 3 dagar sedan
Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next
Bill Todd
Bill Todd 3 dagar sedan
I miss my cx , the earlier models had an even more quirky dash. My 81 cx had twin horns for town and country.. the rear window stays clear at all times . The steering has variable centring forces so as you go faster it centres with more power.
Desalpages Gator
Desalpages Gator 3 dagar sedan
For the French these cars are nothing extraordinary, they were common at the time. In terms of manufacture, the best French cars are Peugeot, followed by Citroëns and finally Renault, the biggest problem that we encounter on our cars is rust, then, especially for Renault, plastic everywhere and low quality Manufacturing. If you want a nice French car, buy the very high end models, but they are very expensive.
weigyzz666 3 dagar sedan
U forgot to mention, that handbrake works on the front wheels :-D
Turf Surf
Turf Surf 3 dagar sedan
One of the most innovative designs in the 80s, Honda Clarity took some inspiration from it I can see.
Gunnar Konig
Gunnar Konig 3 dagar sedan
mechanical sunshades are infinitely better than electric ones though, as they're not a point of failure and are exceedingly cheap to repair even in the unlikely event that they do break.
Marcus Ludwig
Marcus Ludwig 3 dagar sedan
Quirky and weird is the most I can gather from this video - but the weirdness here is, that this is a very American centric viewpoint. These cars were common on European streets, and not only in France. Yes, Citroen was different and that was their selling point. But at the time it was a sophisticated car that would compete with Mercedes and BMW on their own terrain. Nice one!
Goldenrod636 3 dagar sedan
No power seats?
John Hewison
John Hewison 3 dagar sedan
My grandfather had one when I was a kid in the late 1980’s. I’ve never been in a more comfortable car ever since. It was although the thing levitated over the road.
CheesyTV 3 dagar sedan
I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.
amro abdu
amro abdu 3 dagar sedan
I had and still have a 2011 Citroen C5 and it's amazing other than just the spare parts to find in my I've driven and basically owned most of Citroen cars due to my father was working in the dealership company ☺️☺️
16-Bit Bernie
16-Bit Bernie 3 dagar sedan
Of course Doug loves this car
16-Bit Bernie
16-Bit Bernie 3 dagar sedan
The horn sounds like a train
Brendan Murphy
Brendan Murphy 3 dagar sedan
One windshield wiper... That's another quirk. | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen 4 dagar sedan
Reason for the concave rear windshield shape: driving aerodynamics and also: cleaning of water (rain) by aerodynamics. That‘s why you don‘t find a rear windscreen wiper on the CX. Same for all big Citroen: CX, XM, C6. I owned several of each model from the 80s until today. Nowadays I still drive a CX 2000 Pallas (1979) and a C6 V6 HDI Diesel Exclusive (2007), beside my Mustang Bullitt from 2019. All mentioned Citroën were successors of the legendary Citroën DS. Instead of quirky and weird I would call them amazing and with a lot of character and unrivaled driving comfort. Also the CX was a millionseller in Europe. Designwise the CX (created by Robert Opron and team) was also a Highlight in car design in 1974, when it appeared on the market. It won several design awards in Europe. You really missed something in the US 😅.
Tim van Wegberg
Tim van Wegberg 4 dagar sedan
Fun fact: Citroën is not originally a French name. It’s Dutch. And it means lemon.
bezalel kosofsky
bezalel kosofsky 4 dagar sedan
I also find it weird that the light switch in the older American cars from the 1960s,1970s, 1980s and 1990s is the same for both the headlights and interior light where you pull the knob to turn on the headlights and push the knob to turn off the headlights and turn the knob to the right to turn on the interior light and turn the knob to the left to turn off the interior light.
99codemister 4 dagar sedan
"$16,000" - Reserve not met. Expectations much?
Emmanuel de Vareilles
Emmanuel de Vareilles 4 dagar sedan
Grunky Peep
Grunky Peep 4 dagar sedan
next the DS with v8 swap?
Radosław Podgórski
Radosław Podgórski 4 dagar sedan
The thing with the concave rear window is that Citroen noticed that the airflow channels in a way that the rear window was rarely dirty. Notice there is no rear wiper. It probably also gave some aerodynamic look back then. As a part of a design, the idea was used in some other successors, like C5 and C6. Also i.e. 2016 Toyota Prius had a slightly concave rear window that channels air over the spoiler.
mike marin
mike marin 4 dagar sedan
Doug I find your videos enjoyable to watch.. Keep up the great work. Also you do a lot of odd ball cars and trucks and that also makes your videos a more interesting to watch, the new cars are OK but the way you do older cars and trucks is great humor. Thanks for your time and work........ I also had a orange VW Thing years back, wish I had it back.....
Helt Utrolig
Helt Utrolig 4 dagar sedan
The Prestige model has an extra long wheelbase. Not something a random american would know, it seems.
BigMackhan 4 dagar sedan
Oh what a lovely car driving a late night to the cinema
Planed 4 dagar sedan
bigup à l'audience Française
sydras 4 dagar sedan
Wow, this car is ready for Bangalore roads!!
Joseph Letts
Joseph Letts 4 dagar sedan
My step dad had a 77 one when I was a kid. What a car!
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 4 dagar sedan
spaceship. Good old times...
Valdas Miskinis
Valdas Miskinis 4 dagar sedan
I think 99% of right handed people open their car door with their left hand.
GlobalWilderbeast Dag sedan
@John P. Denver Yes, we agree.
John P. Denver
John P. Denver Dag sedan
@GlobalWilderbeast If you enter driver side, you use left hand If you enter Passenger side, you use right hand It is logic
GlobalWilderbeast Dag sedan
Surely it depends on what side of the car you're entering?
John P. Denver
John P. Denver Dag sedan
Yeah you are right! The host here is an idiot.
My Username Is Also Bort
My Username Is Also Bort 4 dagar sedan
I remember Doug said that he doesn't review older cars or obscure cars often because they don't do well views-wise. I hope the fact that this video hit a million will mean we'll see more like it. :)
Raceris 4 dagar sedan
Peugeot 205 review when?
JJ 4 dagar sedan
Huckster /ˈhəkstər/ promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 4 dagar sedan
models looking for optimal solutions until successive crises in the industry forced it to optimize effects with costs... and so innovation was killed in its performance... it's so sa
JJ 4 dagar sedan
0:05 x2, 0:38, 1:30, 2:05, 2:35, 2:50, 3:08, 3:33, 4:08 x2, 5:12, 6:20, 7:22 x2, 17:40, 18:22, 21:54, 22:10, 22:45, 23:05 x2, 23:30, 24:30, 25:40, 26:04, 26:55 x3, 27:18 x6, 28:05 x2, 29:07, Hey y’all me and my gal Joanna loved it quite frankly.😉
Acid House Therapy
Acid House Therapy 5 dagar sedan
How much did it sell for in the auction??
TetraGton 5 dagar sedan
If you stop and really think about how you get inside the drivers side, the left hand operated handle makes perfect sense.
Jason 4 dagar sedan
Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.
Simon Banks
Simon Banks 5 dagar sedan
I think the concave rear window was something to do with keeping it clean(er) Also check out the original 70s model's rotating-drum dash! Outside of America, does anyone really care about cupholders?
Angie Moses
Angie Moses 5 dagar sedan
Other older car had the wheels covered like that
Wat_JOE_Do 5 dagar sedan
Breath man! Remember to breath. Cool car. I always thought the CX was ugly like hell. But your review have made me think it's really cool and ahead of time.
[Ivaneck] 5 dagar sedan
CX is not weird. YOU are weird. And too much histrionic.
L'antre 5 dagar sedan
Here's a video for the GSA. :-)
Erwin 55
Erwin 55 5 dagar sedan
Wat een vreselijke drukke gast !
Stickin Ass
Stickin Ass 5 dagar sedan
21:16 ..,I've got "Turbo" stamped in front of my Underwear..😘
Jarosław Majecki
Jarosław Majecki 5 dagar sedan
US has a lot of cool features that are respected in Europe... but someone from US bought this car fascinated by its unique features... at least by himself...
Jarosław Majecki
Jarosław Majecki 5 dagar sedan
Citroen the master of innovation wanted to create a car that is sporty when you want it to comfortable when you want it to be...and when you get off the normal road it can handle it too (maybe for fishing???)....
Jarosław Majecki
Jarosław Majecki 5 dagar sedan
Don't exaggerate, the roads in Europe were no worse than in the US...and many even provided comfort for cars with very low ground clearance.... is just a view from across the ocean...and the roads in Eastern Europe...
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath 5 dagar sedan
“170 horsepower was pretty big for a European cars” Doug, it’s a 70’s 4cylinder. Meanwhile Americans managed to get 150hp from a v8
Ssss Ssss
Ssss Ssss 2 dagar sedan
150 to 200 hp from a 5 point something V8!
Jarosław Majecki
Jarosław Majecki 5 dagar sedan
It should be remembered that since the DS model citroen felt the call of innovation, looking for solutions beyond the understanding of other designers... which it tested in its models looking for optimal solutions until successive crises in the industry forced it to optimize effects with costs... and so innovation was killed in its performance... it's so sad...
Jarosław Majecki
Jarosław Majecki 5 dagar sedan
I had a Peugeot 406 and the horn was on top of the turn signal lever....I never used it....but this translates to traffic in France there everyone uses horns so maybe this was a problem that French brands were fixing in consultation with the government...?!?
mohsdef 5 dagar sedan
A mate of mine used to have a citreon, he used to tell me how he used to lower it, so that the clampers couldnt clamp it.
el profesor
el profesor 5 dagar sedan
My had a silver CX Athena with a blueish plastic/cord interior. I loved to drive the "spaceship" at the end of the 80s. The CX Prestige was the bit longer "flagship".
tutoreALL 5 dagar sedan
Citroen C5 2008. Very interesting car 🚗
David Dechamps
David Dechamps 5 dagar sedan
When I was a teenager, my father had such a CX. Friends and I used to simply spend time in it, in the garage, listening to 80s synth music. We pretended we were in a spaceship. Good old times...
Michael Rothschild
Michael Rothschild 5 dagar sedan
This video brings back great memories. My late father had numerous Citroen CXs (CX 2500) back in the 80s. I loved the cars and learnt to drive on them. The suspension (quality of ride), steering and total power brakes were simply exceptional for the time period. I believe from memory the centre reading light in the roof actually moves from the centre position both left and right (passenger or driver position) to switch it on and is basically a map reading light which was required before the age of gps! Thanks for the review, really fantastic to remember the car again. My late father bought all automatic gearbox versions, and I so remember wishing he would buy the CX 25GTI Turbo which was a turbocharged manual version with the “T” etched into the alloy wheels. Thanks for review of the car.
C. F.
C. F. 5 dagar sedan
Dear Doug, to be honest this is the first time I have commented on a video on SEmost. To sum it up: - I have never heard the term "wired" as often as in this review. - How many times are you going to mock the 170 horsepower performance? - Especially since the maximum allowed on highways in America is 80 mph anyway. => So why do I need more than 170 hp in America? - My husband's Fiat Panda (built 1986) had 45 hp and went 88 mph. => Fast enough to get thrown in jail in the USA! So Doug, please be objective! The "CX" is 35 years old and was "state of the art" at the time. And please don't compare it with American "muscels cars". This was never the claim of Citroën. Greetings from Germany, where you are "still" allowed to drive "what goes": - 152 mph with my Kawasaki ZXR750 (built in 1990). - My Citroën C5 III Tourer (built in 2008) easily manages over 125 mph. - If I want to travel comfortably and relaxed at 200 mph, I take the ICE or the TGV. Carsten
Fraser Turbo
Fraser Turbo 5 dagar sedan
I had a couple of Citroen Xantias, the Spiritual successor to the CX and I'll never forget my suspension "Eureka" moment when my local supermarket carpark flooded. There were dead Volkswagens and Fords everywhere from water ingress - it was carnage! I pulled up to the start of the flood, raised the suspension up to the top, then carefully (you weren't supposed to drive far on the highest setting) drove (sailed?) through the floods and into my parking space near the supermarket, no wading required, and lots of envious stares in our direction. It worked in the other direction too, as the car would hunker down when at motorway speeds, to be more aerodynamic as well.
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