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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  • 0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

    Richard KelleyRichard Kelley6 саат мурун
  • I suspect that’s a real joy to get parts for in the the American Midwest.

    Dana WDana W7 саат мурун
  • 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 Dvorak7 саат мурун
  • All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

    Tec BladeTec Blade8 саат мурун
  • That door latch is made for Americans

    BelivedBelived9 саат мурун
  • 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 :)

    Henrix98Henrix9810 саат мурун
  • Nice

    Warley .SWarley .S14 саат мурун
  • @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 Nanay14 саат мурун
  • 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 leon21 саат мурун
  • 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 Oettel23 саат мурун
  • What does practicality mean?

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

    Gummans GubbeGummans GubbeКүн мурун
  • This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

    Jesse DinningJesse DinningКүн мурун
  • 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.

    LMacNeillLMacNeillКүн мурун
  • Technically speaking the Citroen XM was the last "weird" Citroen.

    BonuxCouleurBonuxCouleurКүн мурун
  • 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 DonelanКүн мурун
  • Its a four door honda insight

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

    Arias HuntleyArias HuntleyКүн мурун
  • Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

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

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

    gonçalo filipegonçalo filipeКүн мурун
  • 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 FaichnieКүн мурун
  • french tip don't buy a french car it's garbage

    ALEXANDRE BLONDEAUALEXANDRE BLONDEAUКүн мурун
  • Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next

    glorf1234glorf1234Күн мурун
  • 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 ToddКүн мурун
  • 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 GatorКүн мурун
  • U forgot to mention, that handbrake works on the front wheels :-D

    weigyzz666weigyzz666Күн мурун
  • One of the most innovative designs in the 80s, Honda Clarity took some inspiration from it I can see.

    Turf SurfTurf SurfКүн мурун
  • 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 KonigКүн мурун
  • 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 LudwigКүн мурун
  • No power seats?

    Goldenrod636Goldenrod636Күн мурун
  • 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 HewisonКүн мурун
  • I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.

    CheesyTVCheesyTVКүн мурун
  • I had and still have a 2011 Citroen C5 and it's amazing other than just the spare parts to find in my country.....ps I've driven and basically owned most of Citroen cars due to my father was working in the dealership company ☺️☺️

    amro abduamro abdu2 күн мурун
  • Of course Doug loves this car

    16-Bit Bernie16-Bit Bernie2 күн мурун
  • The horn sounds like a train

    16-Bit Bernie16-Bit Bernie2 күн мурун
  • One windshield wiper... That's another quirk.

    Brendan MurphyBrendan Murphy2 күн мурун
  • 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 😅.

    hertenflats.de | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungenhertenflats.de | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen2 күн мурун
  • Fun fact: Citroën is not originally a French name. It’s Dutch. And it means lemon.

    Tim van WegbergTim van Wegberg2 күн мурун
  • 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 kosofsky2 күн мурун
  • "$16,000" - Reserve not met. Expectations much?

    99codemister99codemister2 күн мурун
  • kgflow.info/title/qH5kznuJhLCnh6s/video

    Emmanuel de VareillesEmmanuel de Vareilles2 күн мурун
  • next the DS with v8 swap?

    Grunky PeepGrunky Peep2 күн мурун
  • 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 Podgórski2 күн мурун
  • 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 marin2 күн мурун
  • The Prestige model has an extra long wheelbase. Not something a random american would know, it seems.

    Helt UtroligHelt Utrolig2 күн мурун
  • Oh what a lovely car driving a late night to the cinema

    BigMackhanBigMackhan2 күн мурун
  • bigup à l'audience Française

    PlanedPlaned2 күн мурун
  • Wow, this car is ready for Bangalore roads!!

    sydrassydras2 күн мурун
  • My step dad had a 77 one when I was a kid. What a car!

    Joseph LettsJoseph Letts2 күн мурун
  • spaceship. Good old times...

    bocoy noiubocoy noiu3 күн мурун
  • I think 99% of right handed people open their car door with their left hand.

    Valdas MiskinisValdas Miskinis3 күн мурун
  • 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 Bort3 күн мурун
    • Peugeot 205 review when?

      RacerisRaceris3 күн мурун
  • Huckster /ˈhəkstər/ promote or sell (something, typically a product of questionable value).

    JJJJ3 күн мурун
    • 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 noiu3 күн мурун
  • 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.😉

    JJJJ3 күн мурун
  • How much did it sell for in the auction??

    Acid House TherapyAcid House Therapy3 күн мурун
  • If you stop and really think about how you get inside the drivers side, the left hand operated handle makes perfect sense.

    TetraGtonTetraGton3 күн мурун
    • Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.

      JasonJason2 күн мурун
  • 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 Banks3 күн мурун
  • Other older car had the wheels covered like that

    Angie MosesAngie Moses3 күн мурун
  • 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_Do3 күн мурун
  • CX is not weird. YOU are weird. And too much histrionic.

    [Ivaneck][Ivaneck]3 күн мурун
  • Here's a video for the GSA. :-) kgflow.info/title/h2aOmqp6qrGogps/video

    L'antreL'antre3 күн мурун
  • Wat een vreselijke drukke gast !

    Erwin 55Erwin 553 күн мурун
  • 21:16 ..,I've got "Turbo" stamped in front of my Underwear..😘

    Stickin AssStickin Ass3 күн мурун
  • 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 Majecki3 күн мурун
  • Citroen the master of innovation wanted to create a car that is sporty when you want it to be...is 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 Majecki3 күн мурун
  • 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 Majecki3 күн мурун
  • “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 Sabbath3 күн мурун
    • 150 to 200 hp from a 5 point something V8!

      Ssss SsssSsss Ssss21 саат мурун
  • 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 Majecki3 күн мурун
  • 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 Majecki3 күн мурун
  • 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.

    mohsdefmohsdef3 күн мурун
  • 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 profesor3 күн мурун
  • Citroen C5 2008. Very interesting car 🚗

    tutoreALLtutoreALL3 күн мурун
  • 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 Dechamps3 күн мурун
  • 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 Rothschild3 күн мурун
  • Dear Doug, to be honest this is the first time I have commented on a video on KGflow. 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

    C. F.C. F.3 күн мурун
  • 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.

    Fraser TurboFraser Turbo3 күн мурун
  • Anyone looking for more in depth explanation about the steering and suspension on the CX should have a look at Tyrrell's Classic Workshop he expands on Dougs great review.

    RupertRupert3 күн мурун
  • Look at this to know about the CX: kgflow.info/title/nHp9zZ58Zmxngqs/video

    John BurnsJohn Burns4 күн мурун
  • I love the socks.

    smookin dat parmsmookin dat parm4 күн мурун
  • 13:22 *Me absolutely astonished watching this thing transform from donk to yee yee*

    Admiral SparklezAdmiral Sparklez4 күн мурун
  • New McLaren video: meh! The Citroen CX Is an Amazingly Quirky and Weird French Luxury Car: Let me take my popcorn!

    Sam ButlerSam Butler4 күн мурун
  • This is back to the future in Real life

    Hassler's Shiny.CardboardHassler's Shiny.Cardboard4 күн мурун
  • Doug's far too vanilla to find this car good looking.

    Lewis72Lewis724 күн мурун
  • I Love this car! this is what I call CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY XD

    Anderre FlammarionAnderre Flammarion4 күн мурун
  • Buona domenica zio Duccio

    GIULIO MUCCIACITOGIULIO MUCCIACITO4 күн мурун
  • Thank you @SuperflyMN for sharing this video to me

    MastercjgfMastercjgf4 күн мурун
  • "covered wheel arches" , "never really caught on": REALLY? ...their called FENDER SKIRTS dude!

    roy coffeyroy coffey4 күн мурун
  • Looks he gives 4 out 10! *This guy is a philistine.*

    John BurnsJohn Burns4 күн мурун
  • Pleeeeese, it’s not pronounced poo-jo .....

    SirkildalotSirkildalot4 күн мурун
  • A 1985 French car was *weird?* That was a league away from the dross coming out of the USA.

    John BurnsJohn Burns4 күн мурун
  • You know what's really weird. The 3 axle station wagon version of it made by 3 companies modifying the normal station wagon version called Break. Even the normal CX Break is huge and was also commonly used as an ambulance.

    KaMELKaMEL4 күн мурун
  • Citroen used a concave rear window to avoid mounting the wiper, air pedal cleans the rear window...

    Bartosz SontaBartosz Sonta4 күн мурун
  • I guess the space above the glove box is for the head in case of an accident. Do not park the lifted car above a corner stone or other obstacle. It will sink after a while.

    KaMELKaMEL4 күн мурун
  • You would be very surprised by its top speed, it's actually very fast! The rear windshield shape is for the aerodynamic. It does look funny

    CarchocCarchoc4 күн мурун
  • NO CUP HOLDER! SO WHAT! IT'S BECAUSE THE FRENCH ARE NOT USE TO DRINK IN THEIR CAR.

    fabrice alibertfabrice alibert4 күн мурун
  • I DON'T THINK THAT CAR IS WEIRD AS YOU SAY. THAT CAR IS VERY STYLISH , BEAUTIFUL AND WELL AHEAD OF ITS TIME. A LOTS OF PEOPLE LOVE THE DESIGN AND THAT CAR WAS SOLD ALL OVER EUROPE. YOU ARE THE WEIRD ONE! IT'S BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO YOUNG YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING. I DON'T SEE ANYTHIHG WRONG WITH THE DOOR HANDLE, EVERYTHING IS AT THE RIGHT PLACE DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE RIGHT-HANDED OR LEFT-HANDED. AS FAR AS THE STEERING WHEEL WHICH CENTER ITSELF, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG ABOUT IT NEITHER STRANG, ITS A GREAT FEATURE. YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO LEAVE YOUR HANDS FROM THE STEERING WHEEL ANY WAY! FINALLY THE GEAR SELECTOR HAS NO GEAR PATTERN PRINTED ANYWHERE BECAUSE THE FRENCH KNOWS HOW TO DRIVE A STICK SHIFT AND THEY KNOW WHERE THE GEARS ARE. REMEMBER! 80% OF THE CAR MARKET IN EUROPE IS MANUAL TRANSMISSION ONLY 20% ARE AUTOMATIC. IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A STICK SHIFT, YOU ARE AN IDIOT! BOTTOM LINE IS, THERE IS NOTHING WEIRD OR CRAZY ABOUT THAT CAR SURE! SOME FEATURES MAY BE OUTDATED BUT THAT CAR HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL. YOU ARE THE WEIRD ONE!

    fabrice alibertfabrice alibert4 күн мурун
    • dude, stop spitting ur frustration, pis t'es gênant avec ton caps lock

      GυΔvΔGυΔvΔ3 күн мурун
  • My Peugeot 106 has the same window lifter switches.

    HesseJamezHesseJamez4 күн мурун
  • Ironically there is something in each of your videos that's quirky and weird. Get it? lol

    Big HBig H4 күн мурун