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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  1. MrDman


    Hour ago

    The spare tire in engine might be a clever places to have a warm tire in the winter, then they could go safari by putting it on the hoods instead. It look like a better Prius car yet better spec all around. Why more cars aren't backseat as this?! It as close as Futurama! 1920 event car design you can get, but everything need to be race car.

  2. thodkats


    5 hours ago

    The way americans pronounce cars made by non-american or british manufacturers.

  3. Eric Leport

    Eric Leport

    6 hours ago

    Didn’t this model have the “steerable” headlights?

  4. Leo De Crescenzo

    Leo De Crescenzo

    6 hours ago

    Citroen is ahead of its time in many many ways and they are seriously overlooked despite that

  5. Adnan Amin

    Adnan Amin

    8 hours ago

    Terrible French Monstrosity of a car, my god!

  6. Storm Fiire

    Storm Fiire

    17 hours ago

    You should check out a classic DS, a SM and Xantia V6 Activa, such quirky and awesome cars

  7. David Lockyer

    David Lockyer

    18 hours ago

    Long distance mile munchers with incredible comfort no matter how crap the roads were.

  8. Agnostura Elwar

    Agnostura Elwar

    18 hours ago

    The CX is a great car, I have had two of them. The diesel engine are sturdy and reliable, the car is fantastic to drive. There are no other anything near its comfort on long touring. You can load it with 5-600 kg without any dramatic effect on the car. I've driven them for over 500 000 km with only oilchange and filter, and valveadjustment. Very reliable

  9. Genio Torres

    Genio Torres

    21 hour ago

    dog dejewwwwwww

  10. Balithazzarr


    Day ago

    I'll take it.

  11. Kaitlyn L

    Kaitlyn L

    Day ago

    lol sit-roan

    • Kaitlyn L

      Kaitlyn L

      Day ago

      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

      Day ago

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

  12. N.O.R.M.AL. BSN

    N.O.R.M.AL. BSN

    Day ago

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

  13. Wildog _

    Wildog _

    Day ago

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

  14. 賓州長過水喉.


    Day ago

    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

  15. Sharia Kabir ✔︎

    Sharia Kabir ✔︎

    Day ago

    Me looking for Jawed Comment 🤗

  16. Imanol Morata

    Imanol Morata

    Day ago

    When Citroën made good cars.

  17. Rambler Andy

    Rambler Andy

    2 days ago

    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.

  18. Jan Raiskio

    Jan Raiskio

    2 days ago

    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"!

  19. siraryx


    2 days ago

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

  20. jawed ✔

    jawed ✔

    2 days ago

    Hii there!

    • COLD mistery

      COLD mistery

      2 days ago


  21. Paul Zavadski

    Paul Zavadski

    2 days ago

    door lockers are safely engineered, not to be opened occasionaly

  22. Bob Law

    Bob Law

    2 days ago

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

  23. Darvin Black

    Darvin Black

    2 days ago

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

    • Ssss Ssss

      Ssss Ssss

      2 days ago

      The cover of the covered wheel well is removable

  24. Евгений Пермяков

    Евгений Пермяков

    2 days ago

    By the way the horn is like on a Lambo Diablo

  25. Евгений Пермяков

    Евгений Пермяков

    2 days ago

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

  26. American-V UK

    American-V UK

    2 days ago

    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)

  27. badbirdkc


    2 days ago

    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.

  28. Kenneth Patterson

    Kenneth Patterson

    2 days ago

    Everyone knows what it is Doug.

  29. Dis Count

    Dis Count

    3 days ago

    vive le Quirk

  30. Weasel


    3 days ago

    Thing went from slammed to monster truck

  31. Brian Sharp

    Brian Sharp

    3 days ago

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

  32. Brian Sharp

    Brian Sharp

    3 days ago

    More fender skirts please

  33. Christianpreaching


    3 days ago

    I've got that old matchbox car

  34. Bruno Marques

    Bruno Marques

    3 days ago

    You are wird!

  35. George Altezza

    George Altezza

    3 days ago

    Please do a Citroen AX GTI

  36. Markus Oberndörfer

    Markus Oberndörfer

    3 days ago

    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.

  37. Ales Krajnc

    Ales Krajnc

    3 days ago

    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.

  38. phil merlot

    phil merlot

    3 days ago

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

  39. Andy Lund

    Andy Lund

    3 days ago

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

  40. O1G Roblox

    O1G Roblox

    4 days ago


  41. Mat


    4 days ago

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

  42. TevLeX


    4 days ago

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

  43. MrCesarcamilo76


    4 days ago

    Try the ds 1970....,

  44. BloominqGuitars


    4 days ago

    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!

  45. Panagiotis Sparis

    Panagiotis Sparis

    4 days ago

    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.

  46. John P. Denver

    John P. Denver

    4 days ago

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

  47. John P. Denver

    John P. Denver

    4 days ago

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

  48. j biertje

    j biertje

    4 days ago

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

  49. Coco Pops

    Coco Pops

    4 days ago

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

  50. TheFavorista


    4 days ago

    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.

  51. Ian Shippen

    Ian Shippen

    4 days ago

    "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 ..

  52. Richard Kelley

    Richard Kelley

    4 days ago

    0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

  53. Dana W

    Dana W

    5 days ago

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

  54. Jan Dvorak

    Jan Dvorak

    5 days ago

    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.

  55. Tec Blade

    Tec Blade

    5 days ago

    All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

  56. Belived


    5 days ago

    That door latch is made for Americans

  57. Henrix98


    5 days ago

    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 :)

  58. Warley .S

    Warley .S

    5 days ago


  59. Barnabas Nanay

    Barnabas Nanay

    5 days ago

    @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. :)

  60. john leon

    john leon

    5 days ago

    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

  61. Der Oettel

    Der Oettel

    5 days ago

    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

      2 days ago

      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 !

  62. Danial Motamedi sede

    Danial Motamedi sede

    5 days ago

    What does practicality mean?

  63. Gummans Gubbe

    Gummans Gubbe

    5 days ago

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

  64. Jesse Dinning

    Jesse Dinning

    5 days ago

    This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

  65. LMacNeill


    5 days ago

    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.

  66. BonuxCouleur


    5 days ago

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

  67. Philip Donelan

    Philip Donelan

    6 days ago

    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.

  68. CreationsVibration


    6 days ago

    Its a four door honda insight

  69. Arias Huntley

    Arias Huntley

    6 days ago

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

  70. lockjockjr


    6 days ago

    Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

  71. michel husk

    michel husk

    6 days ago

    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..

  72. jack warren

    jack warren

    6 days ago

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

  73. gonçalo filipe

    gonçalo filipe

    6 days ago

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

  74. Douglas Faichnie

    Douglas Faichnie

    6 days ago

    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 👌



    6 days ago

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

  76. glorf1234


    6 days ago

    Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next

  77. Bill Todd

    Bill Todd

    6 days ago

    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.

  78. Desalpages Gator

    Desalpages Gator

    6 days ago

    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.

  79. weigyzz666


    6 days ago

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

  80. Turf Surf

    Turf Surf

    6 days ago

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

  81. Gunnar Konig

    Gunnar Konig

    6 days ago

    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.

  82. Marcus Ludwig

    Marcus Ludwig

    6 days ago

    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!

  83. Goldenrod636


    6 days ago

    No power seats?

  84. John Hewison

    John Hewison

    6 days ago

    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.

  85. CheesyTV


    6 days ago

    I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.

  86. amro abdu

    amro abdu

    6 days ago

    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 ☺️☺️

  87. 16-Bit Bernie

    16-Bit Bernie

    7 days ago

    Of course Doug loves this car

  88. 16-Bit Bernie

    16-Bit Bernie

    7 days ago

    The horn sounds like a train

  89. Brendan Murphy

    Brendan Murphy

    7 days ago

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

  90. | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen

    7 days ago

    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 😅.

  91. Tim van Wegberg

    Tim van Wegberg

    7 days ago

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

  92. bezalel kosofsky

    bezalel kosofsky

    7 days ago

    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.

  93. 99codemister


    7 days ago

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

  94. Emmanuel de Vareilles

    Emmanuel de Vareilles

    7 days ago

  95. Grunky Peep

    Grunky Peep

    7 days ago

    next the DS with v8 swap?

  96. Radosław Podgórski

    Radosław Podgórski

    7 days ago

    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.

  97. mike marin

    mike marin

    7 days ago

    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.....

  98. Helt Utrolig

    Helt Utrolig

    7 days ago

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

  99. BigMackhan


    7 days ago

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