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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  • Andy Lund
    Andy LundKlukkustund síðan

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

  • Fadil Maulana
    Fadil Maulana5 klukkustundum síðan


  • Mat
    Mat9 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • TevLeX
    TevLeX10 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • MrCesarcamilo76
    MrCesarcamilo7610 klukkustundum síðan

    Try the ds 1970....,

  • BloominqGuitars
    BloominqGuitars11 klukkustundum síðan

    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 Sparis12 klukkustundum síðan

    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. Denver12 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • John P. Denver
    John P. Denver13 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • j biertje
    j biertje14 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Coco Pops
    Coco Pops14 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • TheFavorista
    TheFavorista14 klukkustundum síðan

    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 Shippen16 klukkustundum síðan

    "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 KelleyDegi Síðan síðan

    0 to 60 in ten min.s!!

  • Dana W
    Dana WDegi Síðan síðan

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

  • Jan Dvorak
    Jan DvorakDegi Síðan síðan

    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 BladeDegi Síðan síðan

    All comments be like "Wheres jawed?"

  • Belived
    BelivedDegi Síðan síðan

    That door latch is made for Americans

  • Henrix98
    Henrix98Degi Síðan síðan

    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 .SDegi Síðan síðan


  • Barnabas Nanay
    Barnabas NanayDegi Síðan síðan

    @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 leonDegi Síðan síðan

    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 OettelDegi Síðan síðan

    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.

  • Danial Motamedi sede
    Danial Motamedi sedeDegi Síðan síðan

    What does practicality mean?

  • Gummans Gubbe
    Gummans GubbeDegi Síðan síðan

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

  • Jesse Dinning
    Jesse Dinning2 dögum síðan

    This thing makes a SAAB 900 seem unimaginative

  • LMacNeill
    LMacNeill2 dögum síðan

    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
    BonuxCouleur2 dögum síðan

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

  • Philip Donelan
    Philip Donelan2 dögum síðan

    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
    CreationsVibration2 dögum síðan

    Its a four door honda insight

  • Arias Huntley
    Arias Huntley2 dögum síðan

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

  • lockjockjr
    lockjockjr2 dögum síðan

    Sorry but the Citroën is not cool

  • michel husk
    michel husk2 dögum síðan

    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..

  • jack warren
    jack warren2 dögum síðan

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

  • gonçalo filipe
    gonçalo filipe2 dögum síðan

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

  • Douglas Faichnie
    Douglas Faichnie2 dögum síðan

    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 👌

    ALEXANDRE BLONDEAU2 dögum síðan

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

  • glorf1234
    glorf12342 dögum síðan

    Do the succesors Citroen XM and C6 next

  • Bill Todd
    Bill Todd2 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Desalpages Gator
    Desalpages Gator2 dögum síðan

    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.

  • weigyzz666
    weigyzz6662 dögum síðan

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

  • Turf Surf
    Turf Surf2 dögum síðan

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

  • Gunnar Konig
    Gunnar Konig2 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Marcus Ludwig
    Marcus Ludwig2 dögum síðan

    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!

  • Goldenrod636
    Goldenrod6362 dögum síðan

    No power seats?

  • John Hewison
    John Hewison2 dögum síðan

    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.

  • CheesyTV
    CheesyTV2 dögum síðan

    I'm surprised there's no cheese holder.

  • amro abdu
    amro abdu3 dögum síðan

    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 ☺️☺️

  • 16-Bit Bernie
    16-Bit Bernie3 dögum síðan

    Of course Doug loves this car

  • 16-Bit Bernie
    16-Bit Bernie3 dögum síðan

    The horn sounds like a train

  • Brendan Murphy
    Brendan Murphy3 dögum síðan

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

  • | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen | Ferien- & Monteurwohnungen3 dögum síðan

    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 😅.

  • Tim van Wegberg
    Tim van Wegberg3 dögum síðan

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

  • bezalel kosofsky
    bezalel kosofsky3 dögum síðan

    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.

  • 99codemister
    99codemister3 dögum síðan

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

  • Emmanuel de Vareilles
    Emmanuel de Vareilles3 dögum síðan

  • Grunky Peep
    Grunky Peep3 dögum síðan

    next the DS with v8 swap?

  • Radosław Podgórski
    Radosław Podgórski3 dögum síðan

    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.

  • mike marin
    mike marin3 dögum síðan

    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.....

  • Helt Utrolig
    Helt Utrolig3 dögum síðan

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

  • BigMackhan
    BigMackhan3 dögum síðan

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

  • Planed
    Planed3 dögum síðan

    bigup à l'audience Française

  • sydras
    sydras3 dögum síðan

    Wow, this car is ready for Bangalore roads!!

  • Joseph Letts
    Joseph Letts3 dögum síðan

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

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu3 dögum síðan

    spaceship. Good old times...

  • Valdas Miskinis
    Valdas Miskinis3 dögum síðan

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

  • GlobalWilderbeast


    11 klukkustundum síðan

    @John P. Denver Yes, we agree.

  • John P. Denver

    John P. Denver

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    @GlobalWilderbeast If you enter driver side, you use left hand If you enter Passenger side, you use right hand It is logic

  • GlobalWilderbeast


    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Surely it depends on what side of the car you're entering?

  • John P. Denver

    John P. Denver

    12 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • My Username Is Also Bort
    My Username Is Also Bort4 dögum síðan

    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. :)

  • Raceris


    3 dögum síðan

    Peugeot 205 review when?

  • JJ
    JJ4 dögum síðan

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

  • bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    3 dögum síðan

    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

  • JJ
    JJ4 dögum síðan

    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.😉

  • Acid House Therapy
    Acid House Therapy4 dögum síðan

    How much did it sell for in the auction??

  • TetraGton
    TetraGton4 dögum síðan

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

  • Jason


    3 dögum síðan

    Yes. Only an idiot would try and open that door with their right hand.

  • Simon Banks
    Simon Banks4 dögum síðan

    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?

  • Angie Moses
    Angie Moses4 dögum síðan

    Other older car had the wheels covered like that

  • Wat_JOE_Do
    Wat_JOE_Do4 dögum síðan

    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.

  • [Ivaneck]
    [Ivaneck]4 dögum síðan

    CX is not weird. YOU are weird. And too much histrionic.

  • L'antre
    L'antre4 dögum síðan

    Here's a video for the GSA. :-)

  • Erwin 55
    Erwin 554 dögum síðan

    Wat een vreselijke drukke gast !

  • Stickin Ass
    Stickin Ass4 dögum síðan

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

  • Jarosław Majecki
    Jarosław Majecki4 dögum síðan

    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 Majecki
    Jarosław Majecki4 dögum síðan

    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 Majecki
    Jarosław Majecki4 dögum síðan

    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...

  • Black Sabbath
    Black Sabbath4 dögum síðan

    “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

  • Ssss Ssss

    Ssss Ssss

    Degi Síðan síðan

    150 to 200 hp from a 5 point something V8!

  • Jarosław Majecki
    Jarosław Majecki4 dögum síðan

    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 Majecki
    Jarosław Majecki4 dögum síðan

    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...?!?

  • mohsdef
    mohsdef4 dögum síðan

    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.

  • el profesor
    el profesor4 dögum síðan

    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".

  • tutoreALL
    tutoreALL4 dögum síðan

    Citroen C5 2008. Very interesting car 🚗

  • David Dechamps
    David Dechamps4 dögum síðan

    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...

  • Michael Rothschild
    Michael Rothschild4 dögum síðan

    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.

  • C. F.
    C. F.4 dögum síðan

    Dear Doug, to be honest this is the first time I have commented on a video on ISsofts. 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

  • Fraser Turbo
    Fraser Turbo4 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Rupert
    Rupert4 dögum síðan

    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.

  • John Burns
    John Burns4 dögum síðan

    Look at this to know about the CX:

  • smookin dat parm
    smookin dat parm5 dögum síðan

    I love the socks.

  • Admiral Sparklez
    Admiral Sparklez5 dögum síðan

    13:22 *Me absolutely astonished watching this thing transform from donk to yee yee*

  • Sam Butler
    Sam Butler5 dögum síðan

    New McLaren video: meh! The Citroen CX Is an Amazingly Quirky and Weird French Luxury Car: Let me take my popcorn!

  • Hassler's Shiny.Cardboard
    Hassler's Shiny.Cardboard5 dögum síðan

    This is back to the future in Real life

  • Lewis72
    Lewis725 dögum síðan

    Doug's far too vanilla to find this car good looking.

  • Anderre Flammarion
    Anderre Flammarion5 dögum síðan

    I Love this car! this is what I call CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY XD