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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  • 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.

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  • Everyone knows what it is Doug.

    Kenneth PattersonKenneth Patterson3 timmar sedan
  • vive le Quirk

    Dis CountDis Count5 timmar sedan
  • Thing went from slammed to monster truck

    WeaselWeasel8 timmar sedan
  • Maybe foot rests are lumbar support.. would make more sense

    Brian SharpBrian Sharp10 timmar sedan
  • More fender skirts please

    Brian SharpBrian Sharp10 timmar sedan
  • I've got that old matchbox car

    ChristianpreachingChristianpreaching13 timmar sedan
  • You are wird!

    Bruno MarquesBruno Marques16 timmar sedan
  • Please do a Citroen AX GTI

    George AltezzaGeorge Altezza19 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.

    Markus OberndörferMarkus Oberndörfer19 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.

    Ales KrajncAles Krajnc20 timmar sedan
  • Curse those Allemans for bringing out a five-cylinder engine !

    phil merlotphil merlot23 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!

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  • 4:318:

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  • 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....,

    MrCesarcamilo76MrCesarcamilo76Dag 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!

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

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

    John P. DenverJohn P. DenverDag sedan
  • 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.

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  • "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 ShippenDag sedan
  • 0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

    Richard KelleyRichard Kelley2 dagar sedan
  • 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 Dvorak2 dagar sedan
  • All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

    Tec BladeTec Blade2 dagar sedan
  • That door latch is made for Americans

    BelivedBelived2 dagar 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 :)

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  • Nice

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  • @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 Nanay2 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

    john leonjohn leon2 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.

    Der OettelDer Oettel2 dagar sedan
  • What does practicality mean?

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

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  • This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

    Jesse DinningJesse Dinning3 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.

    LMacNeillLMacNeill3 dagar sedan
  • Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.

    BonuxCouleurBonuxCouleur3 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.

    Philip DonelanPhilip Donelan3 dagar sedan
  • Its a four door honda insight

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

    Arias HuntleyArias Huntley3 dagar sedan
  • Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

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  • 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 husk3 dagar sedan
  • My grandparents had the "station wagon" version. Tailgate was as wide as a volvo. Suspension issues killed it.

    jack warrenjack warren3 dagar sedan
  • This video is trash , you don't know anything about the cx, learn the citroen cx history before you talk 👎

    gonçalo filipegonçalo filipe3 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 👌

    Douglas FaichnieDouglas Faichnie3 dagar sedan
  • french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage

  • Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next

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  • 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 Todd3 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.

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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.

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  • 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 Ludwig3 dagar sedan
  • No power seats?

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  • 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 Hewison3 dagar sedan
  • 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- & Monteurwohnungen4 dagar sedan
  • Fun fact: Citroën is not originally a French name. It’s Dutch. And it means lemon.

    Tim van WegbergTim van Wegberg4 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.

    bezalel kosofskybezalel kosofsky4 dagar sedan
  • "$16,000" - Reserve not met. Expectations much?

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    Emmanuel de VareillesEmmanuel de Vareilles4 dagar sedan
  • next the DS with v8 swap?

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  • 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 Podgórski4 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.....

    mike marinmike marin4 dagar sedan
  • The Prestige model has an extra long wheelbase. Not something a random american would know, it seems.

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

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  • bigup à l'audience Française

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

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

    Joseph LettsJoseph Letts4 dagar sedan
  • spaceship. Good old times...

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

    Valdas MiskinisValdas Miskinis5 dagar sedan
    • @John P. Denver Yes, we agree.

      GlobalWilderbeastGlobalWilderbeastDag sedan
    • @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. DenverDag sedan
    • Surely it depends on what side of the car you're entering?

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

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  • 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?

      RacerisRaceris4 dagar sedan
  • Huckster /ˈhəkstər/ promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).

    JJJJ5 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

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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.😉

    JJJJ5 dagar sedan
  • How much did it sell for in the auction??

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

    TetraGtonTetraGton5 dagar sedan
    • Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.

      JasonJason4 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?

    Simon BanksSimon Banks5 dagar sedan
  • Other older car had the wheels covered like that

    Angie MosesAngie Moses5 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.

    Wat_JOE_DoWat_JOE_Do5 dagar sedan
  • CX is not weird. YOU are weird. And too much histrionic.

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  • Here's a video for the GSA. :-)

    L'antreL'antre5 dagar sedan
  • Wat een vreselijke drukke gast !

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  • 21:16 ..,I've got "Turbo" stamped in front of my Underwear..😘

    Stickin AssStickin Ass5 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 MajeckiJarosław Majecki5 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 MajeckiJarosław Majecki5 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...

    Jarosław MajeckiJarosław Majecki5 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

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    • 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 Majecki5 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...?!?

    Jarosław MajeckiJarosław Majecki5 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.

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  • 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".

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  • Citroen C5 2008. Very interesting car 🚗

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