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

    Wildog _Wildog _Acum 2 ore
  • 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

    賓州長過水喉.賓州長過水喉.Acum 5 ore
  • Me looking for Jawed Comment 🤗

    Sharia Kabir ✔︎Sharia Kabir ✔︎Acum 5 ore
  • When Citroën made good cars.

    Imanol MorataImanol MorataAcum 7 ore
  • 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.

    Rambler AndyRambler AndyAcum 15 ore
  • 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"!

    Jan RaiskioJan RaiskioAcum 21 oră
  • My mother had a CX. I remember it was super comfortable and had some innovative features at the time.

    siraryxsiraryxAcum 22 ore
  • Hii there!

    jawed ✔jawed ✔Acum 22 ore
    • 😐

      COLD misteryCOLD misteryAcum 20 ore
  • door lockers are safely engineered, not to be opened occasionaly

    Paul ZavadskiPaul ZavadskiAcum 22 ore
  • Now if Doug had chosen to test a Citroen SM that would have really blown his mind !

    Bob LawBob LawAcum 23 ore
  • Its all cool and smooth until you puncture your rear tire.

    Darvin BlackDarvin BlackAcum o Zi
    • The cover of the covered wheel well is removable

      Ssss SsssSsss SsssAcum o Zi
  • By the way the horn is like on a Lambo Diablo

    Евгений ПермяковЕвгений ПермяковAcum o Zi
  • Old Citroen is the car of Doug who is a quirks-lover ))

    Евгений ПермяковЕвгений ПермяковAcum o Zi
  • 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)

    American-V UKAmerican-V UKAcum o Zi
  • 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.

    badbirdkcbadbirdkcAcum o Zi
  • Everyone knows what it is Doug.

    Kenneth PattersonKenneth PattersonAcum o Zi
  • vive le Quirk

    Dis CountDis CountAcum o Zi
  • Thing went from slammed to monster truck

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

    Brian SharpBrian SharpAcum o Zi
  • More fender skirts please

    Brian SharpBrian SharpAcum o Zi
  • I've got that old matchbox car

    ChristianpreachingChristianpreachingAcum o Zi
  • You are wird!

    Bruno MarquesBruno MarquesAcum 2 Zile
  • Please do a Citroen AX GTI

    George AltezzaGeorge AltezzaAcum 2 Zile
  • 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 OberndörferAcum 2 Zile
  • 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 KrajncAcum 2 Zile
  • Curse those Allemans for bringing out a five-cylinder engine !

    phil merlotphil merlotAcum 2 Zile
  • 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 LundAcum 2 Zile
  • 4:318:

    O1G MinecraftO1G MinecraftAcum 2 Zile
  • 16:41 it looks like it would smell like stale cigarette smoke in a 70s office

    MatMatAcum 2 Zile
  • as if it was glued together from parts from 5 different cars.

    TevLeXTevLeXAcum 2 Zile
  • Try the ds 1970....,

    MrCesarcamilo76MrCesarcamilo76Acum 2 Zile
  • 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!

    BloominqGuitarsBloominqGuitarsAcum 2 Zile
  • 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 SparisAcum 2 Zile
  • Doug, you are a strange and arrogant American... I bet you voted for Biden...

    John P. DenverJohn P. DenverAcum 2 Zile
  • Back when you knew it was a Citroën or Ford that passed you... Today cars all look alike.

    John P. DenverJohn P. DenverAcum 2 Zile
  • Doug looks at it from an american's perspective.. and then it's really weird indeed... 😁

    j biertjej biertjeAcum 3 Zile
  • THIIIIIIS is Quirk Douglas.....!!!

    Coco PopsCoco PopsAcum 3 Zile
  • 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.

    TheFavoristaTheFavoristaAcum 3 Zile
  • "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 ShippenAcum 3 Zile
  • 0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

    Richard KelleyRichard KelleyAcum 3 Zile
  • I suspect that’s a real joy to get parts for in the the American Midwest.

    Dana WDana WAcum 3 Zile
  • 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 DvorakAcum 3 Zile
  • All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

    Tec BladeTec BladeAcum 3 Zile
  • That door latch is made for Americans

    BelivedBelivedAcum 3 Zile
  • 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 :)

    Henrix98Henrix98Acum 3 Zile
  • Nice

    Warley .SWarley .SAcum 3 Zile
  • @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 NanayAcum 3 Zile
  • 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 leonAcum 4 Zile
  • 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 OettelAcum 4 Zile
    • 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 !

      Bob LawBob LawAcum 23 ore
  • What does practicality mean?

    Danial Motamedi sedeDanial Motamedi sedeAcum 4 Zile
  • I always open the driver door with my left hand before I enter, otherwise I would block myself.

    Gummans GubbeGummans GubbeAcum 4 Zile
  • This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

    Jesse DinningJesse DinningAcum 4 Zile
  • 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.

    LMacNeillLMacNeillAcum 4 Zile
  • Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.

    BonuxCouleurBonuxCouleurAcum 4 Zile
  • 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 DonelanAcum 4 Zile
  • Its a four door honda insight

    CreationsVibrationCreationsVibrationAcum 4 Zile
  • Doug stop, i can only have so many dream cars.

    Arias HuntleyArias HuntleyAcum 4 Zile
  • Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

    lockjockjrlockjockjrAcum 4 Zile
  • 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 huskAcum 4 Zile
  • My grandparents had the "station wagon" version. Tailgate was as wide as a volvo. Suspension issues killed it.

    jack warrenjack warrenAcum 4 Zile
  • This video is trash , you don't know anything about the cx, learn the citroen cx history before you talk 👎

    gonçalo filipegonçalo filipeAcum 4 Zile
  • 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 FaichnieAcum 4 Zile
  • french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage

  • Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next

    glorf1234glorf1234Acum 4 Zile
  • 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 ToddAcum 5 Zile
  • 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.

    Desalpages GatorDesalpages GatorAcum 5 Zile
  • U forgot to mention, that handbrake works on the front wheels :-D

    weigyzz666weigyzz666Acum 5 Zile
  • One of the most innovative designs in the 80s, Honda Clarity took some inspiration from it I can see.

    Turf SurfTurf SurfAcum 5 Zile
  • 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 KonigAcum 5 Zile
  • 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 LudwigAcum 5 Zile
  • No power seats?

    Goldenrod636Goldenrod636Acum 5 Zile
  • 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 HewisonAcum 5 Zile
  • I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.

    CheesyTVCheesyTVAcum 5 Zile
  • 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 ☺️☺️

    amro abduamro abduAcum 5 Zile
  • Of course Doug loves this car

    16-Bit Bernie16-Bit BernieAcum 5 Zile
  • The horn sounds like a train

    16-Bit Bernie16-Bit BernieAcum 5 Zile
  • One windshield wiper... That's another quirk.

    Brendan MurphyBrendan MurphyAcum 5 Zile
  • 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- & MonteurwohnungenAcum 5 Zile
  • Fun fact: Citroën is not originally a French name. It’s Dutch. And it means lemon.

    Tim van WegbergTim van WegbergAcum 5 Zile
  • 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 kosofskyAcum 5 Zile
  • "$16,000" - Reserve not met. Expectations much?

    99codemister99codemisterAcum 5 Zile

    Emmanuel de VareillesEmmanuel de VareillesAcum 5 Zile
  • next the DS with v8 swap?

    Grunky PeepGrunky PeepAcum 5 Zile
  • 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 PodgórskiAcum 5 Zile
  • 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 marinAcum 5 Zile
  • The Prestige model has an extra long wheelbase. Not something a random american would know, it seems.

    Helt UtroligHelt UtroligAcum 6 Zile
  • Oh what a lovely car driving a late night to the cinema

    BigMackhanBigMackhanAcum 6 Zile
  • bigup à l'audience Française

    PlanedPlanedAcum 6 Zile
  • Wow, this car is ready for Bangalore roads!!

    sydrassydrasAcum 6 Zile
  • My step dad had a 77 one when I was a kid. What a car!

    Joseph LettsJoseph LettsAcum 6 Zile
  • spaceship. Good old times...

    bocoy noiubocoy noiuAcum 6 Zile
  • I think 99% of right handed people open their car door with their left hand.

    Valdas MiskinisValdas MiskinisAcum 6 Zile
    • @John P. Denver Yes, we agree.

      GlobalWilderbeastGlobalWilderbeastAcum 2 Zile
    • @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. DenverAcum 2 Zile
    • Surely it depends on what side of the car you're entering?

      GlobalWilderbeastGlobalWilderbeastAcum 2 Zile
    • Yeah you are right! The host here is an idiot.

      John P. DenverJohn P. DenverAcum 2 Zile
  • 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. :)

    My Username Is Also BortMy Username Is Also BortAcum 6 Zile
    • Peugeot 205 review when?

      RacerisRacerisAcum 6 Zile
  • Huckster /ˈhəkstər/ promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).

    JJJJAcum 6 Zile
    • 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

      bocoy noiubocoy noiuAcum 6 Zile
  • 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.😉

    JJJJAcum 6 Zile
  • How much did it sell for in the auction??

    Acid House TherapyAcid House TherapyAcum 6 Zile
  • If you stop and really think about how you get inside the drivers side, the left hand operated handle makes perfect sense.

    TetraGtonTetraGtonAcum 6 Zile
    • Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.

      JasonJasonAcum 5 Zile
  • 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 BanksAcum 6 Zile
  • Other older car had the wheels covered like that

    Angie MosesAngie MosesAcum 6 Zile
  • 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_DoAcum 6 Zile