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

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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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  • Balithazzarr
    BalithazzarrUur geleden

    I'll take it.

  • Kaitlyn L
    Kaitlyn L2 uur geleden

    lol sit-roan

  • Kaitlyn L

    Kaitlyn L

    Uur geleden

    It’s certainly not as beautiful as the DS, but it’s got its own charm. Citroën really cared about aero way earlier than most - that was born out of French postwar fuel rationing. The drag factor of the DS has only been surpassed in recent years, it was identical to many 90s aero jello cars, whilst looking way nicer. But didn’t a bunch of American cars from the 60s have covered rear wheels too?

  • Kaitlyn L

    Kaitlyn L

    2 uur geleden

    To be fair, you did get closer some of the later times you said it :p

  • N.O.R.M.AL. BSN
    N.O.R.M.AL. BSN6 uur geleden

    Wiorst part of the video is the inability of Doug to say the word Citroen, he just says Citrone all the time.

  • Wildog _
    Wildog _10 uur geleden

    Hi, Doug! What about a peugeot 406 coupe pininfarina ? It is a cool France 🇫🇷 car with design like a Ferrari!

  • 賓州長過水喉.
    賓州長過水喉.13 uur geleden

    I had a Citroen BX & XM before, the riding comfort made you enjoy driving; luxurious fittings, many room for passengers always neglected by buyers that days. The past Citroen were the best

  • Sharia Kabir ✔︎
    Sharia Kabir ✔︎14 uur geleden

    Me looking for Jawed Comment 🤗

  • Imanol Morata
    Imanol Morata15 uur geleden

    When Citroën made good cars.

  • Rambler Andy
    Rambler Andy23 uur geleden

    You've absolutely got to love Citroen vehicles from their own era. I borrowed a Citroen for 3 months from this era and it was such wonderful quirky fun. It always left me smiling. Mind you, I never had to service it. That could be a problem. Citroen was a hugely innovative company though. Several of the modern auto design components we take for granted these days were either invented or developed by Citroen. They were just years ahead of their time. Doug didn't mention it, but I bet this car had steering following headlights. First seen a decade or so earlier - on an earlier Citroen. BTW, panel gaps. Impressive distance, eh? Who cares.

  • Jan Raiskio
    Jan RaiskioDag geleden

    Isälläni oli tällainen taksina Rovaniemellä 1985-87. kahden litran bensa ja manuaali. Koska suomeen tuli vain muutama auto ja isäni halusi mustan, niin kummassakin oli kattoluukku. Se oli ehkä ainoa lisävaruste. Itse en ehtinyt ajaa sillä taksia, mutta muuten kyllä. Ja olipa se vaan mahtava auto ajaa! Ajattelin, että kylläpä käy sääliksi kaikkia muita autoilijoita, kun eivät saa ajaa "taikamatolla"!

  • siraryx
    siraryxDag geleden

    My mother had a CX. I remember it was super comfortable and had some innovative features at the time.

  • jawed ✔
    jawed ✔Dag geleden

    Hii there!

  • COLD mistery

    COLD mistery

    Dag geleden


  • Paul Zavadski
    Paul ZavadskiDag geleden

    door lockers are safely engineered, not to be opened occasionaly

  • Bob Law
    Bob LawDag geleden

    Now if Doug had chosen to test a Citroen SM that would have really blown his mind !

  • Darvin Black
    Darvin BlackDag geleden

    Its all cool and smooth until you puncture your rear tire.

  • Ssss Ssss

    Ssss Ssss

    Dag geleden

    The cover of the covered wheel well is removable

  • Евгений Пермяков
    Евгений ПермяковDag geleden

    By the way the horn is like on a Lambo Diablo

  • Евгений Пермяков
    Евгений ПермяковDag geleden

    Old Citroen is the car of Doug who is a quirks-lover ))

  • American-V UK
    American-V UKDag geleden

    So many misconceptions and misleading statements presented as facts. Fifteen minutes in, I can't take any more. Good job you didn't have the Mk1to play with, because they were even madder! They had steel bumpers, which were more of an issue regarding ride height. Mentioning the steering alone, all steering is self-centering on the move, the difference with the CX is that it uses the same system as the suspension to run the power steering, and it self-centres when stationary. And it does that because when parked, the car will sink on the suspension and the front wheels - if turned - will jam in the wheel arches. The suspension has two ride settings: regular and a long travel for a smoother ride. You do not drive at anything more than a walking pace in either of the two service settings - fully up, which is to speed wheel removal (raise it up on the suspension, fit the jack under the relevant jacking point, lower the suspension and the wheel lifts clear of the ground) or to ford shallow streams; and fully down, which is to look cool, when parked ... and which prevents parking attendants fitting a wheel clamp, which I'm sure is coincidental. The reason why the rear wheel arch doesn't intrude on the rear door is because the wheel is so close to the back of the car, which has some specific benefits in terms of straight line stability, and you don't mention that the rear track is narrower than the front ... and uses different tyres to the front. And the reason why yours has so much space in the rear is because it is the long wheelbase version, as it clearly says in the description on your own auction site. Can't take anymore, so going to have to hope that you mentioned the concave rear screen that successfully prevents rain water settling on it without needing a rear wiper, thanks to aerodynamic effects. And pointed out that it's got a small trunk for something that looks like a 5 door. Please try harder in future. You haven't done these ground-breaking cars the justice they deserve. (A former owner of five CXs: two mk1 estates and three mk2 saloons, before moving on to an XM)

  • badbirdkc
    badbirdkcDag geleden

    My dad worked at a dealership and they got a couple of these. He got to drive one for the weekend and we took it to my grandparents. I vividly remember those door handles and door locks. My dad made a big deal about the suspension and said the car could supposedly drive on three wheels. We were told to be on our very best behavior, as the car was very valuable. I thought it was cool. The covered wheel seemed very futuristic to me.

  • Kenneth Patterson
    Kenneth PattersonDag geleden

    Everyone knows what it is Doug.

  • Dis Count
    Dis CountDag geleden

    vive le Quirk

  • Weasel
    Weasel2 dagen geleden

    Thing went from slammed to monster truck

  • Brian Sharp
    Brian Sharp2 dagen geleden

    Maybe foot rests are lumbar support.. would make more sense

  • Brian Sharp
    Brian Sharp2 dagen geleden

    More fender skirts please

  • Christianpreaching
    Christianpreaching2 dagen geleden

    I've got that old matchbox car

  • Bruno Marques
    Bruno Marques2 dagen geleden

    You are wird!

  • George Altezza
    George Altezza2 dagen geleden

    Please do a Citroen AX GTI

  • Markus Oberndörfer
    Markus Oberndörfer2 dagen geleden

    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 Krajnc2 dagen geleden

    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 merlot2 dagen geleden

    Curse those Allemans for bringing out a five-cylinder engine !

  • Andy Lund
    Andy Lund2 dagen geleden

    These definately looked a bit old fashioned in the mid to late 80s. Of course Citroen were odd, that was part of the charm!

  • O1G A&E
    O1G A&E3 dagen geleden


  • Mat
    Mat3 dagen geleden

    16:41 it looks like it would smell like stale cigarette smoke in a 70s office

  • TevLeX
    TevLeX3 dagen geleden

    as if it was glued together from parts from 5 different cars.

  • MrCesarcamilo76
    MrCesarcamilo763 dagen geleden

    Try the ds 1970....,

  • BloominqGuitars
    BloominqGuitars3 dagen geleden

    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 Sparis3 dagen geleden

    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. Denver3 dagen geleden

    Doug, you are a strange and arrogant American... I bet you voted for Biden...

  • John P. Denver
    John P. Denver3 dagen geleden

    Back when you knew it was a Citroën or Ford that passed you... Today cars all look alike.

  • j biertje
    j biertje3 dagen geleden

    Doug looks at it from an american's perspective.. and then it's really weird indeed... 😁

  • Coco Pops
    Coco Pops3 dagen geleden

    THIIIIIIS is Quirk Douglas.....!!!

  • TheFavorista
    TheFavorista3 dagen geleden

    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 Shippen3 dagen geleden

    "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 Kelley3 dagen geleden

    0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

  • Dana W
    Dana W3 dagen geleden

    I suspect that’s a real joy to get parts for in the the American Midwest.

  • Jan Dvorak
    Jan Dvorak3 dagen geleden

    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 Blade3 dagen geleden

    All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

  • Belived
    Belived4 dagen geleden

    That door latch is made for Americans

  • Henrix98
    Henrix984 dagen geleden

    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 .S4 dagen geleden


  • Barnabas Nanay
    Barnabas Nanay4 dagen geleden

    @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 leon4 dagen geleden

    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 Oettel4 dagen geleden

    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.

  • Bob Law

    Bob Law

    Dag geleden

    You wouldn’t expect Doug to be able to work that out, would you if it wasn’t written in the handbook he would have no idea !

  • Danial Motamedi sede
    Danial Motamedi sede4 dagen geleden

    What does practicality mean?

  • Gummans Gubbe
    Gummans Gubbe4 dagen geleden

    I always open the driver door with my left hand before I enter, otherwise I would block myself.

  • Jesse Dinning
    Jesse Dinning4 dagen geleden

    This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

  • LMacNeill
    LMacNeill4 dagen geleden

    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
    BonuxCouleur4 dagen geleden

    Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.

  • Philip Donelan
    Philip Donelan4 dagen geleden

    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
    CreationsVibration4 dagen geleden

    Its a four door honda insight

  • Arias Huntley
    Arias Huntley4 dagen geleden

    Doug stop, i can only have so many dream cars.

  • lockjockjr
    lockjockjr5 dagen geleden

    Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

  • michel husk
    michel husk5 dagen geleden

    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 warren5 dagen geleden

    My grandparents had the "station wagon" version. Tailgate was as wide as a volvo. Suspension issues killed it.

  • gonçalo filipe
    gonçalo filipe5 dagen geleden

    This video is trash , you don't know anything about the cx, learn the citroen cx history before you talk 👎

  • Douglas Faichnie
    Douglas Faichnie5 dagen geleden

    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 👌

    ALEXANDRE BLONDEAU5 dagen geleden

    french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage

  • glorf1234
    glorf12345 dagen geleden

    Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next

  • Bill Todd
    Bill Todd5 dagen geleden

    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 Gator5 dagen geleden

    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
    weigyzz6665 dagen geleden

    U forgot to mention, that handbrake works on the front wheels :-D

  • Turf Surf
    Turf Surf5 dagen geleden

    One of the most innovative designs in the 80s, Honda Clarity took some inspiration from it I can see.

  • Gunnar Konig
    Gunnar Konig5 dagen geleden

    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 Ludwig5 dagen geleden

    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
    Goldenrod6365 dagen geleden

    No power seats?

  • John Hewison
    John Hewison5 dagen geleden

    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
    CheesyTV5 dagen geleden

    I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.

  • amro abdu
    amro abdu5 dagen geleden

    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 Bernie5 dagen geleden

    Of course Doug loves this car

  • 16-Bit Bernie
    16-Bit Bernie5 dagen geleden

    The horn sounds like a train

  • Brendan Murphy
    Brendan Murphy5 dagen geleden

    One windshield wiper... That's another quirk.

  • | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen6 dagen geleden

    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 Wegberg6 dagen geleden

    Fun fact: Citroën is not originally a French name. It’s Dutch. And it means lemon.

  • bezalel kosofsky
    bezalel kosofsky6 dagen geleden

    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
    99codemister6 dagen geleden

    "$16,000" - Reserve not met. Expectations much?

  • Emmanuel de Vareilles
    Emmanuel de Vareilles6 dagen geleden

  • Grunky Peep
    Grunky Peep6 dagen geleden

    next the DS with v8 swap?

  • Radosław Podgórski
    Radosław Podgórski6 dagen geleden

    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 marin6 dagen geleden

    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 Utrolig6 dagen geleden

    The Prestige model has an extra long wheelbase. Not something a random american would know, it seems.

  • BigMackhan
    BigMackhan6 dagen geleden

    Oh what a lovely car driving a late night to the cinema

  • Planed
    Planed6 dagen geleden

    bigup à l'audience Française

  • sydras
    sydras6 dagen geleden

    Wow, this car is ready for Bangalore roads!!

  • Joseph Letts
    Joseph Letts6 dagen geleden

    My step dad had a 77 one when I was a kid. What a car!

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu6 dagen geleden

    spaceship. Good old times...

  • Valdas Miskinis
    Valdas Miskinis6 dagen geleden

    I think 99% of right handed people open their car door with their left hand.

  • GlobalWilderbeast


    3 dagen geleden

    @John P. Denver Yes, we agree.

  • John P. Denver

    John P. Denver

    3 dagen geleden

    @GlobalWilderbeast If you enter driver side, you use left hand If you enter Passenger side, you use right hand It is logic

  • GlobalWilderbeast


    3 dagen geleden

    Surely it depends on what side of the car you're entering?

  • John P. Denver

    John P. Denver

    3 dagen geleden

    Yeah you are right! The host here is an idiot.

  • My Username Is Also Bort
    My Username Is Also Bort6 dagen geleden

    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


    6 dagen geleden

    Peugeot 205 review when?

  • JJ
    JJ7 dagen geleden

    Huckster /ˈhəkstər/ promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).

  • bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    6 dagen geleden

    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
    JJ7 dagen geleden

    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 Therapy7 dagen geleden

    How much did it sell for in the auction??

  • TetraGton
    TetraGton7 dagen geleden

    If you stop and really think about how you get inside the drivers side, the left hand operated handle makes perfect sense.

  • Jason


    6 dagen geleden

    Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.