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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  • Wtf Happened
    Wtf Happened

    Did this guy ever see a car before 2000??? Every Cadillac or Lincoln I ever owned had FOUR ashtrays & lighters - ILLUMINATED - until the end of the 20th century... Space above the glove box? Oh, I don't know - maybe it's where THE HVAC STUFF IS! (OMG, and the "aftermarket" cupholders?? K-Mart junk with a 2x2 piece of wood & electrical tape!!!) OMG II: That "covered-up-rear-wheel-arch" is called a FENDER SKIRT you ignoramus! It only dates back to the 40's or 30's... AND it only disappeared from American luxury cars between 1977 & 1980. FINALLY: He couldn't do any research for WHY they indented the rear window??

  • Pedro Jose Soler
    Pedro Jose Soler

    What does this beauty lost in the USA? My dad had one of those, 2.5 turbo diesel in late 80s

  • Han Solo
    Han Solo

    He should have called his auction site Dougstore.

  • Michael Jez
    Michael Jez

    Rear window is curved in so that you don't need a rear wiper. Citroen did not want to spoil the rear window with an ugly wiper blade. XM is the last real Citroen. Thanks for the great video!

  • red00eye

    Now self-centering steering geometry is quirky?

  • Jessa Lee
    Jessa Lee ◀️ ٩(◕‿◕)۶_🆂_🅴_🆇_💕 💞😘 #今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです% この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#(まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,*在整個人類歷史上,#強者,#富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,#氏族,#城鎮,#城市和鄉村中的弱者,#無`'#守和貧窮成員。#然而,#人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,#被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,#並繼續將其 融入不斷發展的人類社會。$說到食物,#不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。#相反,🤪他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。#他們學會了清潔,🤩切塊,#調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,#在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,#_並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(#如山核桃,#山核桃和豆科灌木 #來調味食s)

  • Visionery1

    Still a stunning design 35 years later.

  • Blubus

    I'm trying to see the charm but this car is just a mess lol

  • Gergely Sőregi
    Gergely Sőregi

    Doug is the kind of guy who still thinks 1986 was 25 years ago.

  • Gergely Sőregi
    Gergely Sőregi

    My first car was an Citroen XM. Still my only car. Loving it. A Space shuttle executive.

  • Winfred vV
    Winfred vV

    This model is not weird if you compare it to the six-wheel model for more heavy cargo in the back.

  • Dron Kozkov
    Dron Kozkov

    said nothing about visibility, dead zones, etc...

  • Dron Kozkov
    Dron Kozkov

    2:33 as a right-hander, I don't see any problems opening the door with my left hand

  • Dank Memer
    Dank Memer

    Isn’t a bugatti a french car?

  • Greg Faris
    Greg Faris

    He forgot to mention perhaps the most defining characteristic - the title justification - CX, in engineering terms, is the coefficient of drag, and the Citroën CX was designed at the outset as the most aerodynamically perfect car ever developed - a title it may still be close to, even in today’s energy-crunching craze. The single-spoke steering wheel is derived from the even quirkier predecessor, the DS, and the turn signals that are not self cancelling come with that, though the placement of the lights and wipers on adjacent pods came at the time of the CX and the down-sized GS - we called them “sattélites”. The successor to the CX was the XM - Not sure if that was ever marketed in the US, but a far more exotic precursor is the Citroën-Maserati SM, which can be found in high-end markets wherever snake-skin upholstery is a regular option.

  • Mopar Guy
    Mopar Guy


  • ruv with dementia or something gaming
    ruv with dementia or something gaming

    where jaw

  • AJ G
    AJ G

    Doug is so cool!

  • Ахмед Гаджимагомедов
    Ахмед Гаджимагомедов

    Citroen DS Review

  • Mirza Imsirovic
    Mirza Imsirovic

    The car is unique rather than strange, quirky, weird. Citroen was always ready to think out of pattern set by US and germany. I would never understand why americans are always make fun of cars different than theirs.

  • Tom C.
    Tom C.

    in 1986 it was a space shuttle

  • Mark McMarkface
    Mark McMarkface

    The Prestige was a long wheelbase version of the CX which used the floorpan and rear doors from the estate version. The rear roof was also higher which ruined the styling somewhat. The concave rear window was designed to keep itself clear without the aid of a wiper. I suspect from the way Doug's head is bobbing around makes me think the suspension spheres are knackered and need replacing. Despite his verdict, the steering is extremely accurate and quick as well as being very easy to drive at high speed with a feeling of immense stability. An extra benefit of the suspension is that it can safely be driven on three wheels and will remain stable in case of a tyre blowing out.

  • Tootberzing

    Hi Doug, I am French and thank you for reviewing this car ! You have already reviewed french cars with the Peugeot 3008 and of course some Bugattis. 😉

  • Simpkins Timothy
    Simpkins Timothy

    You can drive that Citroen on 3 wheels!

  • Doris Kelly
    Doris Kelly 💝 🅱🅴🆂🆃 🆂🅸🆃🅴🆂 👧 #今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした, #在整個人類歷史上,#強者,#富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,#氏族,#城鎮,#城市和鄉村中的弱者,#無`'#守和貧窮成員。#然而,#人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,#被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,#並繼續將其 融入不斷發展的人類社會。.#說到食物,#不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。@相反,#他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。#他們學會了清潔,切塊$ #調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(如山核桃,山核桃和豆科灌木 來調味食o&

  • Russell Solomon
    Russell Solomon

    That thang looks like the Family Truckster from that Vacation movie LOL.

  • ramco91

    Dude, ever since I discovered your channel years ago, I’ve been waiting for this video! My first car was a C4 Citroën!

  • tomse dan
    tomse dan

    Good luck opening that door if police will stop you

  • Christian van Neuves
    Christian van Neuves

    From experience I can report, it's the best car reading a broadsheet in the rear seats. And its from an era when broadsheets still were worth reading.

  • MrDman

    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.

  • thodkats

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

  • Eric Leport
    Eric Leport

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

  • Leo De Crescenzo
    Leo De Crescenzo

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

  • Adnan Amin
    Adnan Amin

    Terrible French Monstrosity of a car, my god!

  • Storm Fiire
    Storm Fiire

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

  • David Lockyer
    David Lockyer

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

  • Agnostura Elwar
    Agnostura Elwar

    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

  • Genio Torres
    Genio Torres

    dog dejewwwwwww

  • Balithazzarr

    I'll take it.

  • Kaitlyn L
    Kaitlyn L

    lol sit-roan

    • Kaitlyn L
      Kaitlyn L

      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

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

  • N.O.R.M.AL. BSN
    N.O.R.M.AL. BSN

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

  • Wildog _
    Wildog _

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

  • 賓州長過水喉.

    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

  • ᅠ

    Me looking for Jawed Comment 🤗

  • Imanol Morata
    Imanol Morata

    When Citroën made good cars.

  • Rambler Andy
    Rambler Andy

    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.

  • Jan Raiskio
    Jan Raiskio

    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"!

  • siraryx

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

  • jawed ✔
    jawed ✔

    Hii there!

    • COLD mistery
      COLD mistery


  • Paul Zavadski
    Paul Zavadski

    door lockers are safely engineered, not to be opened occasionaly

  • Bob Law
    Bob Law

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

  • Darvin Black
    Darvin Black

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

    • Ssss Ssss
      Ssss Ssss

      The cover of the covered wheel well is removable

  • Евгений Пермяков
    Евгений Пермяков

    By the way the horn is like on a Lambo Diablo

  • Евгений Пермяков
    Евгений Пермяков

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

  • American-V UK
    American-V UK

    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)

  • badbirdkc

    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.

  • Kenneth Patterson
    Kenneth Patterson

    Everyone knows what it is Doug.

  • Dis Count
    Dis Count

    vive le Quirk

  • Weasel

    Thing went from slammed to monster truck

  • Brian Sharp
    Brian Sharp

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

  • Brian Sharp
    Brian Sharp

    More fender skirts please

  • Christianpreaching

    I've got that old matchbox car

  • Bruno Marques
    Bruno Marques

    You are wird!

  • George Altezza
    George Altezza

    Please do a Citroen AX GTI

  • Markus Oberndörfer
    Markus Oberndörfer

    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.

  • Ales Krajnc
    Ales Krajnc

    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.

  • phil merlot
    phil merlot

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

  • Andy Lund
    Andy Lund

    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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  • Mat

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

  • TevLeX

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

  • MrCesarcamilo76

    Try the ds 1970....,

  • BloominqGuitars

    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!

  • Panagiotis Sparis
    Panagiotis Sparis

    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.

  • John P. Denver
    John P. Denver

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

  • John P. Denver
    John P. Denver

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

  • j biertje
    j biertje

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

  • Coco Pops
    Coco Pops

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

  • TheFavorista

    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.

  • Ian Shippen
    Ian Shippen

    "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 ..

  • Richard Kelley
    Richard Kelley

    0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

  • Dana W
    Dana W

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

  • Jan Dvorak
    Jan Dvorak

    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.

  • Tec Blade
    Tec Blade

    All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

  • Belived

    That door latch is made for Americans

  • Henrix98

    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 :)

  • Warley .S
    Warley .S


  • Barnabas Nanay
    Barnabas Nanay

    @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. :)

  • john leon
    john leon

    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

  • Der Oettel
    Der Oettel

    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

      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 !

  • Danial Motamedi sede
    Danial Motamedi sede

    What does practicality mean?

  • Gummans Gubbe
    Gummans Gubbe

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

  • Jesse Dinning
    Jesse Dinning

    This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

  • LMacNeill

    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.

  • BonuxCouleur

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

  • Philip Donelan
    Philip Donelan

    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.

  • CreationsVibration

    Its a four door honda insight

  • Arias Huntley
    Arias Huntley

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

  • lockjockjr

    Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

  • michel husk
    michel husk

    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..