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

15. apr. 2021
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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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  • Thing went from slammed to monster truck

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

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  • More fender skirts please

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  • I've got that old matchbox car

    ChristianpreachingChristianpreachingPred 6 urami
  • You are wird!

    Bruno MarquesBruno MarquesPred 9 urami
  • Please do a Citroen AX GTI

    George AltezzaGeorge AltezzaPred 12 urami
  • 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.

    Markus OberndörferMarkus OberndörferPred 12 urami
  • 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.

    Ales KrajncAles KrajncPred 13 urami
  • Curse those Allemans for bringing out a five-cylinder engine !

    phil merlotphil merlotPred 16 urami
  • These definately looked a bit old fashioned in the mid to late 80s. Of course Citroen were odd, that was part of the charm!

    Andy LundAndy LundPred 20 urami
  • 4:318:

    Fadil MaulanaFadil MaulanaPred dnevom
  • 16:41 it looks like it would smell like stale cigarette smoke in a 70s office

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

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  • Try the ds 1970....,

    MrCesarcamilo76MrCesarcamilo76Pred dnevom
  • 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!

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  • 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.

    Panagiotis SparisPanagiotis SparisPred dnevom
  • Doug, you are a strange and arrogant American... I bet you voted for Biden...

    John P. DenverJohn P. DenverPred dnevom
  • Back when you knew it was a Citroën or Ford that passed you... Today cars all look alike.

    John P. DenverJohn P. DenverPred dnevom
  • Doug looks at it from an american's perspective.. and then it's really weird indeed... 😁

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

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  • 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.

    TheFavoristaTheFavoristaPred dnevom
  • "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 ..

    Ian ShippenIan ShippenPred dnevom
  • 0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

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

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  • 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.

    Jan DvorakJan DvorakPred dnevom
  • All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

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  • That door latch is made for Americans

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  • 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 :)

    Henrix98Henrix98Pred 2 dnevi
  • Nice

    Warley .SWarley .SPred 2 dnevi
  • @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. :)

    Barnabas NanayBarnabas NanayPred 2 dnevi
  • 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

    john leonjohn leonPred 2 dnevi
  • 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.

    Der OettelDer OettelPred 2 dnevi
  • What does practicality mean?

    Danial Motamedi sedeDanial Motamedi sedePred 2 dnevi
  • I always open the driver door with my left hand before I enter, otherwise I would block myself.

    Gummans GubbeGummans GubbePred 2 dnevi
  • This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

    Jesse DinningJesse DinningPred 2 dnevi
  • 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.

    LMacNeillLMacNeillPred 2 dnevi
  • Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.

    BonuxCouleurBonuxCouleurPred 2 dnevi
  • 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.

    Philip DonelanPhilip DonelanPred 2 dnevi
  • Its a four door honda insight

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

    Arias HuntleyArias HuntleyPred 3 dnevi
  • Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

    lockjockjrlockjockjrPred 3 dnevi
  • 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..

    michel huskmichel huskPred 3 dnevi
  • My grandparents had the "station wagon" version. Tailgate was as wide as a volvo. Suspension issues killed it.

    jack warrenjack warrenPred 3 dnevi
  • This video is trash , you don't know anything about the cx, learn the citroen cx history before you talk 👎

    gonçalo filipegonçalo filipePred 3 dnevi
  • 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 👌

    Douglas FaichnieDouglas FaichniePred 3 dnevi
  • french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage

  • Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next

    glorf1234glorf1234Pred 3 dnevi
  • 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.

    Bill ToddBill ToddPred 3 dnevi
  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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.

    Gunnar KonigGunnar KonigPred 3 dnevi
  • 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!

    Marcus LudwigMarcus LudwigPred 3 dnevi
  • No power seats?

    Goldenrod636Goldenrod636Pred 3 dnevi
  • 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.

    John HewisonJohn HewisonPred 3 dnevi
  • I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.

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  • 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 ☺️☺️

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  • Of course Doug loves this car

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  • The horn sounds like a train

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

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  • 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 😅. | Ferien- & | Ferien- & MonteurwohnungenPred 4 dnevi
  • Fun fact: Citroën is not originally a French name. It’s Dutch. And it means lemon.

    Tim van WegbergTim van WegbergPred 4 dnevi
  • 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.

    bezalel kosofskybezalel kosofskyPred 4 dnevi
  • "$16,000" - Reserve not met. Expectations much?

    99codemister99codemisterPred 4 dnevi

    Emmanuel de VareillesEmmanuel de VareillesPred 4 dnevi
  • next the DS with v8 swap?

    Grunky PeepGrunky PeepPred 4 dnevi
  • 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.

    Radosław PodgórskiRadosław PodgórskiPred 4 dnevi
  • 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.....

    mike marinmike marinPred 4 dnevi
  • The Prestige model has an extra long wheelbase. Not something a random american would know, it seems.

    Helt UtroligHelt UtroligPred 4 dnevi
  • Oh what a lovely car driving a late night to the cinema

    BigMackhanBigMackhanPred 4 dnevi
  • bigup à l'audience Française

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  • Wow, this car is ready for Bangalore roads!!

    sydrassydrasPred 4 dnevi
  • My step dad had a 77 one when I was a kid. What a car!

    Joseph LettsJoseph LettsPred 4 dnevi
  • spaceship. Good old times...

    bocoy noiubocoy noiuPred 4 dnevi
  • I think 99% of right handed people open their car door with their left hand.

    Valdas MiskinisValdas MiskinisPred 4 dnevi
    • @John P. Denver Yes, we agree.

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

      John P. DenverJohn P. DenverPred dnevom
    • Surely it depends on what side of the car you're entering?

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

      John P. DenverJohn P. DenverPred dnevom
  • 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. :)

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    • Peugeot 205 review when?

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

    JJJJPred 5 dnevi
    • 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

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  • 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.😉

    JJJJPred 5 dnevi
  • How much did it sell for in the auction??

    Acid House TherapyAcid House TherapyPred 5 dnevi
  • If you stop and really think about how you get inside the drivers side, the left hand operated handle makes perfect sense.

    TetraGtonTetraGtonPred 5 dnevi
    • Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.

      JasonJasonPred 4 dnevi
  • 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?

    Simon BanksSimon BanksPred 5 dnevi
  • Other older car had the wheels covered like that

    Angie MosesAngie MosesPred 5 dnevi
  • 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.

    Wat_JOE_DoWat_JOE_DoPred 5 dnevi
  • CX is not weird. YOU are weird. And too much histrionic.

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  • Here's a video for the GSA. :-)

    L'antreL'antrePred 5 dnevi
  • Wat een vreselijke drukke gast !

    Erwin 55Erwin 55Pred 5 dnevi
  • 21:16 ..,I've got "Turbo" stamped in front of my Underwear..😘

    Stickin AssStickin AssPred 5 dnevi
  • 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 MajeckiJarosław MajeckiPred 5 dnevi
  • 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 MajeckiJarosław MajeckiPred 5 dnevi
  • 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...

    Jarosław MajeckiJarosław MajeckiPred 5 dnevi
  • “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

    Black SabbathBlack SabbathPred 5 dnevi
    • 150 to 200 hp from a 5 point something V8!

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  • 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 MajeckiJarosław MajeckiPred 5 dnevi
  • 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...?!?

    Jarosław MajeckiJarosław MajeckiPred 5 dnevi
  • 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.

    mohsdefmohsdefPred 5 dnevi
  • 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".

    el profesorel profesorPred 5 dnevi
  • Citroen C5 2008. Very interesting car 🚗

    tutoreALLtutoreALLPred 5 dnevi
  • 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...

    David DechampsDavid DechampsPred 5 dnevi
  • 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.

    Michael RothschildMichael RothschildPred 5 dnevi
  • Dear Doug, to be honest this is the first time I have commented on a video on SLworlds. 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

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