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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  • comfort only 7???

    ziginaigraziginaigraPred uro
  • citroen cx .....citroen xm ...... what else ?

    Marc MarcMarc MarcPred 4 urami
  • That gauge cluster looks cool as heck, and I never thought I'd ever say that about a Citroen

    hardrivethrutownhardrivethrutownPred 4 urami
  • Good eve from Manchester. We had in the family the Citroën GS. This one also had adjustable suspension. Like the DS, GSA, and BX also. One other benefit for the hydronic suspension is that it allows you to drive with 3 wheels. There are plenty of Citroën adverts driving on 3 wheels.

    The Greek MancunianThe Greek MancunianPred 5 urami
  • Saab uses a turbo gauge too. Back in the mid 80ies.

    lagre som adsllagre som adslPred 5 urami
  • This guy has very much missed the point about the steering wheel stalks. This design was deliberate to avoid the driver needing to take their hands off the wheel. if you keep your hands at "10 and 2 o'clock" you can access the buttons for lights, indicators etc and dropping down to 9 and 3 o'clock you can get the other buttons. It's not a consequence of the single stalk wheel which is purely aesthetic.

    Bobby FergusonBobby FergusonPred 6 urami
  • What an absolutely fantasticly .......french car..

    Allan Ø.N.Allan Ø.N.Pred 6 urami
  • I lived in France for a while I think the concave rear glass has that shape because it has something to do with a keeping ice from building off the rear window, maybe a cheap alternative to running electric heating wires through the back window etc.

    Janick GoudeauJanick GoudeauPred 6 urami
  • The door gun like trigger is so cool and more ergonomical... Weird how that is different on all other cars

    Luka MilicLuka MilicPred 7 urami
  • I like how this guy is amazed by literally everything.

    Over MotorenOver MotorenPred 8 urami
  • they are garbage just like the country hahahhhaha lmao

    opinionsmatteropinionsmatterPred 8 urami
  • Inspector gadget mobile

    der kunstlerder kunstlerPred 9 urami
  • In 1952 The desiner of this car Robert Opron began his professional career as a machine designer for the Compagnie Nationale des Sucreries in Ham in the Somme. In 1954 he was hired by aircraft builder Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautices du Nord.He specialised in cockpit design, and worked on the Nord Noratlas aircraft.

    Хари ВасилевХари ВасилевPred 12 urami
  • The Citroen CX was first a British BMC. BMC used _subframes,_ which would hold the engine, g/box and suspension all in the frame. The rear subframe held the suspension. This approach was easy to adept to new cars. Just restyle the body and bolt on the subframes. Farina designed a car for BMC using Austin 1800 subframes. The design was rejected by the useless BMC management. Citroen took it up. The BMC is the yellow car:

    John BurnsJohn BurnsPred 15 urami
  • Mr beast: you need to be 18 to drive a car Jawed: HOLD MY CX

  • What's a POOJOE? I know what a Peugeot- is!

    Just MingledJust MingledPred 23 urami
  • 1978.5 (only) Fiat Super Brava also had a single post steering wheel

    jd jeannettejd jeannettePred 23 urami
  • Always great when you wear your Annapolis shirt Doug.

    Mark YoungMark YoungPred dnevom
  • This is what most of us Euro drivers have come to expect from someone who was brought up with great lumbering American cars.

    Pierre ChristianPierre ChristianPred dnevom
  • This is a CX25 Prestige, not the normal length sedan, it was built on the Safari or wagon platform.

    Pierre ChristianPierre ChristianPred dnevom
  • It looks like a mix of a 80s/90s Chevy wagon and a delorean ..

    Welding_guyWelding_guyPred dnevom
  • Try get your hands on a Rover SD1 Vitesse for a review. It was sort of the competitor of the CX gti turbo II but then from the UK. Also just like the CX this SD1 is called the last true Rover before they started working with Honda.

    rovervitesse1985rovervitesse1985Pred dnevom
  • This car isn't just's straight up spiteful

    Laser WormLaser WormPred 2 dnevi
  • Hold on, do right-handed people actually open driver's side doors with their right hand? That just seems impractical. Wouldn't you just use the hand you don't use to grab the wheel when you get in?

    Bela B.Bela B.Pred 2 dnevi
  • And the brake pedal ... .

    TenHenDeeTenHenDeePred 2 dnevi
  • Weird and ugly

    bogart281 andersonbogart281 andersonPred 2 dnevi
  • Thhhhhhhhhhhhisssss!!

    MrS0o0NMrS0o0NPred 2 dnevi
  • "in the leaning tower of Citroen i was starting to relax a bit"- Jeremy Clarkson in his modified Citroen CX campervan from the campervan challenge.

    Cyrix CrisisCyrix CrisisPred 2 dnevi
    • @James May's Shed *GASP* AAAAAAaaaaaa!!!!!! *James may laughs his head off*, *Jeremy gasps*

      Cyrix CrisisCyrix CrisisPred 13 urami
    • she's very pretty, she just liked it she wouldn't go to hammond's cause thats stupid

      James May's ShedJames May's ShedPred 13 urami
  • Probably the rear defroster is up there because you look backwards (with the rearview mirror) and if there's frost you are a glance away from the button!!!

    Pablo GalileaPablo GalileaPred 2 dnevi
  • This car was seeing the TV show Top Gear as a motorhome owned by Jeremy Clarkson

    H&M Mich Co.H&M Mich Co.Pred 3 dnevi
  • Saab on steroids

    Rich E RichRich E RichPred 3 dnevi
  • I wonder the if the special coin area is because pretty much all the roads in France are toll roads

    Manuelle LucianiManuelle LucianiPred 3 dnevi
  • All Citroens of that era had non-cancelling indicators, they just thought you should control it. The concave rear window had no wiper and the concave shape used the wind as you went along to blow the rain off it. There was a great need for lots of change on French roads as you had to pay to use lots of roads and bridges. The rest of Europe did not buy French cars much but the French were and still are hugely loyal to their home brands.

    G RolfeG RolfePred 3 dnevi
  • weird?! you car noob tuber

    matteo belvematteo belvePred 3 dnevi
  • "Pugow"

    PanterCPanterCPred 3 dnevi
  • "Citrone"

    PanterCPanterCPred 3 dnevi
  • Doug bear in mind the Prestige model was a LWB version of a standard CX models. You failed to mention the DS which was the model before the CX that set Citroën's bench mark back in the mid 1950's Labour rates too were sky-high and clutch changes were a nightmare 😳

    Julian SimmondsJulian SimmondsPred 3 dnevi
    • On the CX too

      Julian SimmondsJulian SimmondsPred 3 dnevi
  • Doug is the type of person to prefer to have a small belly.

    Faisal BFaisal BPred 3 dnevi
  • I’m from Italy and my brother owned 3 of them. He was completely in love with that.

    Rodolfo Ferro CasagrandeRodolfo Ferro CasagrandePred 3 dnevi
  • In the early 80's I was working for a company in Dubai and they hired a CX for transport, so I got to drive one. It was truly weird and this car had the strange "semi automatic" transmission which I thought bad engineering. They should have made it fully automatic, and thats it. The steering, seemed like it had a life of its own. The electric switches were stalks and some like this car. Yes, the suspension hydraulics is overly complicated and I think its connected to the steering circuit, or they use the same pump. I too found the handling....wishy woshy, I mean if it was an airplane then it would have worked out fine, but not a road vehicle. Its a good example of what engineers can come up with.

    Mohabat khan MalakMohabat khan MalakPred 3 dnevi
  • You can even see that Is a french thing

    Tomas FerroTomas FerroPred 4 dnevi
  • I remember calling this car the "Cockroach" for some reason whe i was a child.

    TC XIVTC XIVPred 4 dnevi
  • It isn't weird. It's French, monsieur !

    Samuel DevulderSamuel DevulderPred 4 dnevi
  • weird and french are the same word in the automotive industry

    Jan BJan BPred 4 dnevi
  • I have drive-in two of them. Not exactly this version because the ‘Prestige’ is the long version(+ 20 cm). In its time the turbodiesel version was the fastest diesel car in the world. @Doug: to really understand the car, you should try to drive its predecessor the DS and the SM, Some well preserved of them drive in the USA (check Jay Leno’s. Garage). An advantage of the steering system was that the car was very stable, at ease while drive-ins at high speed, Much more than its competitors. The one spoke steering wheel avoided head injuries in times that there were no airbags. The wheel cover at the back is also present at the cars mentioned above, I never considered that an ugly detail, in the contrary! It is an aërodynamical feature (the reason for the name of the car ‘CX’)

    Bert Van PoeckBert Van PoeckPred 4 dnevi
  • I have never seen a right handed person open driver's door with right hand.

    R GolabR GolabPred 4 dnevi
    • @chucku00 Well then change your comment to include EVERY left hand drive country on cars with standard door type.

      R GolabR GolabPred dnevom
    • @R Golab Well, except gullwing or butterfly door type...

      chucku00chucku00Pred dnevom
    • @chucku00 Was that review of a Citroen with a steering wheel on the right hand side? Ok, let me rephrase my comment: I have never seen a right handed person open driver's door with right hand in a car with a steering wheel on the left hand side with standard door type (not suiciede door type).

      R GolabR GolabPred dnevom
    • Except in UK or Japan...

      chucku00chucku00Pred dnevom
  • Should we tell him he's pronouncing Citroën wrong?

    眩暈夢眩暈夢Pred 4 dnevi
    • @B Hok Fair point. Fixed!

      眩暈夢眩暈夢Pred 3 dnevi
    • Or you, you wrote it wrong? 🤗

      B HokB HokPred 3 dnevi
  • This car isn't "weird" It's beautiful !

    kmrerkkmrerkPred 4 dnevi
  • Try a Smart Roadster, very particular and funny, i got one from 2006.

    Riccardo TrizioRiccardo TrizioPred 4 dnevi
  • Incorrect about the centre rear window switches. It’s so the front passenger or driver can open or close the rear windows when there’s nobody in the back. For a guy who spends so much time talking about cars you seem to know very little

    Endless Form Most BeautifulEndless Form Most BeautifulPred 5 dnevi
    • For a guy who just “well, ackchyooaly’d” one of the best auto SLhttprs on the platform, you seem to not know how to shut the fuck up.

      Reverend GnautyReverend GnautyPred 3 dnevi
  • terrible cars!

    Ken RobinsonKen RobinsonPred 5 dnevi
  • It's a hatchback but.. isn't a hatchback Idk why youtube reccomended me this but I love your talk ahaha

    [23] ThunderSky[23] ThunderSkyPred 5 dnevi
  • 13:29 So sad that this particular car doesn't make the sound when its suspension changes.

    nightw4tchmannightw4tchmanPred 5 dnevi
  • Wait, American cars don't have self centering steering? My Hyundai has it.

    Halo EffectHalo EffectPred 5 dnevi
    • You didn't get the difference or he didn't enough clearly explained. Yours self centers just by suspension geometric and cars own weight. This one hydraulically self centers, even when the car is stand still. Yours will be sensitive to tire pressure and will pull right or left if tire pressures right/left are different or you have a flat tire..... because as said above yours self centers just with car weight and suspension geometry. This one hydraulically self centers and is insensitive to tire pressure problems, it will still go straight even with a flat tire. Even if your have a flat tire, the rim will not be sitting on the ground thanks to hydraulic suspension. In your car, the steering is either electric or hydraulic assisted but a mechanical steering. In this car, the steering is fully hydraulic, meaning that your steering wheel is basically connected to a hydraulic valve, what you do by turning the wheel is to operate a hydraulic valve. There is no direct mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the rods. In that sense, the steering system is rather similar to the one generally seen in construction equipment's ( such as grader, loader etc.) than to yours + hydraulic self center. The self center promptness is not speed dependent like in yours but constant.

      Ssss SsssSsss SsssPred 4 dnevi
  • I could litterally see snowflakes falling inside the coupe when he drove.

    amundamundamundamundPred 6 dnevi
  • My dad had 3 CX here in France, this is one of my favourite car !

    Dirty HarryDirty HarryPred 6 dnevi
  • Given the quality you see coming out of France, it's amazing they couldn't get their cars quite right. Too busy making great food, I guess.

    Chris ThornycroftChris ThornycroftPred 6 dnevi
  • Nothing quirky or weird about this, just a brilliantly engineered car. It makes everything else feel rather dull and underdeveloped. Good for Citroen that they continued against the barrage of truly awful competition to produce stunners and then have the great unwashed buy BMWs instead. Shocking, but true. I had a BMW730 once and sold it to buy two of these, one a saloon and the other a 7-seater estate that towed a caravan to the Arctic Circle loaded with four of us, four bikes, and a small inflatable boat with outboard. It was a simple 5000 mile round trip for one of the greatest cars of the twentieth century.

    Michael PowellMichael PowellPred 6 dnevi
  • Typical French strange looking car:)

    Tony ValdezTony ValdezPred 6 dnevi
  • Compare the innovation of Citroen back then with any other boring US cars at this time. Than you will understand why US car industry failed big time.

    kukukukuPred 6 dnevi
  • My family once had a Citroen BX back when I was attending primary school. Even though it was a very old car it still had an amazing character to it, and was quite reliable aswell. Great times.

    Patrick VeigelPatrick VeigelPred 6 dnevi
  • The Prestige is the long wheelbase version. Also the roof is higher than the standard CX. This car is missing the vinyl roof, hence the chrome strip under the rear quarter window. Good that Doug did not know about the craziest feature, the DIRAVI steering, its fly-by- wire, when the engine is running there is no mechanical connection between the steering column and the steering rack other than hydraulics... they were good cars to drive back then

    Blitz RoehreBlitz RoehrePred 7 dnevi
  • The Horn sounds like something you would put in a clown car.

    Ember FistEmber FistPred 7 dnevi
  • next up Citroen SM...

    SkiRon HollandSkiRon HollandPred 7 dnevi
  • 50 years ahead of american junk. Long distance cruiser

    Ung GrabbUng GrabbPred 7 dnevi
  • The first generation Citroen CX was even quirkier in the sense that it had a speedo and rev counter where the needle stayed stationary and the dial moved instead. Oh, and that Grace Jones advert.

    Roberts ShedRoberts ShedPred 7 dnevi
  • All of us are not in US of A .so cars and bids is starting annoy me a bit . Try to keep the intro short for ones who are not So much “In Luck “ .i prefer good ol auto trader/ days

    Shehan FernandoShehan FernandoPred 7 dnevi
    • Not even in California , nor in San Diego!

      Ssss SsssSsss SsssPred 4 dnevi
  • the horn isn't even original

    Lt. LasereyezLt. LasereyezPred 8 dnevi
  • Calling everything weird is really rich from a people who haven’t even adopted the metric system yet 😎

    Urs HochstrasserUrs HochstrasserPred 8 dnevi
    • made my day thanks

      matteo belvematteo belvePred 3 dnevi
  • 5:18 torpedo incoming

    Dac KourDac KourPred 8 dnevi
  • Additional quirky fact about the adjustable suspension: you can change a weel without having to jack it up: you put the suspension in the highest position, place the jack, and put the car in the lowest position, causing it to lift the wheel of the ground. The idea behind the concave rear window is that this would prevent it from becoming dirty (as typically happens with hatchbacks and station cars) without the need for a wiper.

    Albert van LeeuwenAlbert van LeeuwenPred 8 dnevi
    • You even could drive them with one wheel missing at the back: president De Gaulle Bas escaped from an attack because of this. He was driven in a DS when the car was shot at. The car took off with one leak rear tire and escaped the attackers. Due to that event , the DS became the only offical presidential car in France .

      Bert Van PoeckBert Van PoeckPred 4 dnevi
  • I had a CX Pallas in 77’. It was one of the most satisfyingly beautiful cars I’ve owned. It was a motorway car with no drag and no wind noise. No Sports Car just a luxurious ride with controls at your finger tips. Great car in its time. If Honda built a car like this today - I’d buy it in a heart beat

    Norrie LivingstoneNorrie LivingstonePred 8 dnevi
  • The rear seat are so confortable, because of the Prestige version of this video is the "limo" versión, longer than the normal CX

    fiesta2817872fiesta2817872Pred 8 dnevi
  • That trigger door latch is actually quite clever. It forces you to actually hold on to the door while opening it. This is useful for example if there is a strong rear wind. The door doesn't suddenly launch wide open when you are holding it. In European towns especially you are often parallel parking on small streets. If your door launches open and there is a car coming from behind you, you might lose your door and that's not ideal.

    el060248el060248Pred 8 dnevi
  • Doug it's a Prestige version so it's lenghten from normal CX it was designed for CEOs to replace DS. In 80ties you had other hydropneumatic Citroen cars (GS and BX that replaced GS line, then in 89 the XM shows up to replace CX). Suspension isn't drawback they are almost bulletproof, you do so little work on it you can almost forget about it. The biggest drawback of CX is its rust protection SUCKS! They are rust buckets on wheels. Then there are electric wiring problems connectors oxidise (so again rust thist time on aluminium). Citroen handling they feel not precise but they are, that's the thing you have to ride it few times to the limit to see how it reacts because it's just different feeling. I had hydropneumatic Citroen cars for past 20 years and they can go fast in corners it's just drivers that are used to stiff springs expect that once car reacts it's loosing grip but with Citroen they don't there's a lot of more grip still.

    WolfKennethWolfKennethPred 8 dnevi
  • just lost oil pressure .... might be frenchy.

    atanas dimitrovatanas dimitrovPred 8 dnevi
  • Where is jawed's comment

    Neko Neko DoraemonNeko Neko DoraemonPred 8 dnevi
  • By the way headlights are US legal.

    BORIS FohrmanBORIS FohrmanPred 8 dnevi
  • I had it when I saw it, I had to have it. Sold it several years later. It was according to the salesman and dealership owner imported via Holland. They had five of them, I was their first customer, they sold like hotcakes, gone in a week.

    BORIS FohrmanBORIS FohrmanPred 8 dnevi
  • the non Prestige Modells had a shorter wheelbase, lower roof and a much more flowing line and shape. much better lookin' ...really!! :-D best wishes from Vienna, Austria old fan here :-P

    Lemmy DLemmy DPred 8 dnevi
  • the rear window is concave because it cleans itself. no windshield wiper needed ;-). and luckily most cxs don't have diravi (steering wheel centering) and that's great because it's a weird thing. pay attention to the wheels distance at the front and rear. this is why cornering is handled with a little practice like a go-kart. unique car, you can love it. probably more than the creators ;-)

    Przemek RaczekPrzemek RaczekPred 9 dnevi
  • Awesomeness,., my best friend had BX. Amazing vehicle.

    Borivoj StankovicBorivoj StankovicPred 9 dnevi
  • in europe pople are driving cars that have less than 70 HP nowadays, you guys in us just have too cheap gasoline.

    ShoonayShoonayPred 9 dnevi
  • My guess about the curved back window is that it won't blind road users behind the car when the sun is hitting it?

    Pieter NieuwenhuijsPieter NieuwenhuijsPred 9 dnevi
  • These cars are definitely as weird as they are ugly.

    Johnny MulaJohnny MulaPred 9 dnevi
  • There are three types of car in the world 1. North American 2. The rest of the world 3. French .... think about it the more you do the more it makes sense

    Ben ClaytonBen ClaytonPred 10 dnevi
  • This is probably the reason they came up with crossovers

    HASH VLOGHASH VLOGPred 10 dnevi
  • The last one of this shaped car is the Citroën XM with less wheel covering but it still had the hydropneumatic suspension and the single spoke steering wheel.

    fxp1990fxp1990Pred 10 dnevi
  • It looks like they sawed and bolted an old saab back half yo it

    hllboi817hllboi817Pred 10 dnevi
  • 'The coolness of the Citroen CX is best described in this video :-;

    Paul FolmeringPaul FolmeringPred 10 dnevi
  • Lancia 037 and Delta S4 request for next reviews

    Très BienTrès BienPred 10 dnevi
  • I didn’t know about this car until today. Now I want nothing more than to have one.

    Will FaganWill FaganPred 11 dnevi
  • define weird.. Looking at the video and your performance it might fall in the same category

    Charlot CobbenCharlot CobbenPred 11 dnevi
  • It looks like it comes straight from an alternative universe. Why did they have to make everything so strange? It doesn't even look luxurious compared to other luxury cars of that era. Take any Mercedes or Cadillac for example. I don't mean to hate on the car, it's just not my cup of tea I guess. But those car reviews, with old and/or quirky cars are the ones I enjoy the most :)

    Kiro BankovKiro BankovPred 11 dnevi
  • That steering wheel cover is terrible!

    James SergeantJames SergeantPred 11 dnevi
  • You missed a few quirks; The CX was named after drag coefficient (Cd), which was the lowest of the time; 0.36. The highest and lowest settings of the suspension were not meant to be driven at, but to jack up the car. Raise the car fully, brace the car with something like an axle stand, and select the lowest setting. The wheel retracts and is now clear for maintenance. It also has a setting to raise only the back, for towing heavy trailers or caravans. I've owned a bunch of Ciroëns, with and without hydropneumatic suspension.

    DimitriDimitriPred 11 dnevi
  • Thanks for the video. Needs few correction though. First of, the orientation of the door handle is actually the opposite of what you have said. To get in to the driver side you use the left hand and vise versa on the right side, which the push button is oriented right for right hand people. The steering system needs some time getting use to, but once you get use to it you will find regular streeing very premitive, less safe and boring. Citroen cx DIRIVA steering is one of few cars that has true hydraulic end to end. Not only it is self adjust, but the hydraulic assist will be less as your speed increases, giving a firmer steering at high speeds. The switches can be conveniently operated by your fingers while your hand is on the steering wheel. The warning chime is just to let you know that your headlight is on. It only comes on when you open the door while the key is out from the ignition. There is no other car l;ike Citroen cx where you can only have to move your index finger to open the door while your whole hand is completely rested. There was a sticker that shows the gear pattern at the small rectangular recess just below the gear shifter. It is missing on this particular car. The glove box is not only stylish, but it is also very practical. I drove a cx for so many years, and never had a thing sliding side to side. As is what is mentioned about the trunk. Few minutes behind the steering wheel would not give Citroen cx a fair review by anyone. Published February, 1989 A Quartet of Eccentric Europeans 4. The (Citroën) CX Prestige By Thomas E. Bonsall [Note: This is from a series of four reviews we did for one of the lifestyle magazines. The preamble, which also reappears at the beginning the other three, gets a little repetitive in this format, but the four put together would be too long to run as one piece. The CX was one of the strangest - and most ingratiating - machines we ever tested.] If you are looking for sober-minded, normal transportation, skip this series. Each of the sedans we tested for this month - from four different French and Italian manufacturers: Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and CX Auto (Citroën) - is, in varying degrees, eccentric. That is not intended as a criticism, merely a description. There is, after all, a market for eccentricity. Not every man or woman wants hum-drum transportation. French and Italian auto manufacturers have never been able to make much of a dent in the American market. Each has a loyal, if diminutive, following here, but the cars, for one reason or another, have never appealed to the masses of American car buyers. Perhaps that is because luxury cars tend to take on national characteristics. American luxury cars tend toward nouveau riche opulence. British luxury cars tend toward the reserve of the English gentleman's club. German luxury cars are almost institutional in their efficiency. French and Italian luxury cars, by contrast, are like a wild night out on the town. Frankly, many American buyers are intimidated by them. But, if your taste runs to the exotic, read on... We have saved the most unusual car for last: the CX Auto Prestige. Before discussing the test car itself, however, a few words about CX Auto are in order: The cars CX Auto imports bearing its own nameplate are, in fact, French-built Citroëns. Citroën itself, although it is controlled by Peugeot these days, has had no formal presence in the American market for more than a decade. CX Auto buys the cars in Europe, converts them to full U.S. standards in their facility in the Netherlands, and then imports them as if they (not Citroën) were the manufacturer - which, technically, they are insofar as the government is concerned. The cars are imported, sold, serviced and warranted by CX Auto. Peugeot/Citroën, for its part, is vocally unhappy about this situation but powerless to stop it. CX Auto models are revised versions of the comparable Citroën models marketed in Europe. The current CX Auto line-up consists of two series, GTi and Prestige. The GTi comes on a 112 inch wheelbase and is available in wagon and sedan versions. The Prestige, which comes as a sedan only, sits astride a 122 inch wheelbase that CX Auto claims is the longest for sale in America. Both lines use a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower. The GTi is also available with a turbo-charger that boosts power output to an impressive 185 horsepower. All CX models feature the famous Citroën hydropneumatic system. Both GTi and Prestige are nicely equipped and finished, but the Prestige is the fancier of the two, adding handsome leather and wood trim. Prices start at $39,900 for the GTi sedan and rise to $49,800 for the Prestige (estimated as of the time we went to press). Our test car was the CX Prestige, the flagship of the Citroën range and the car of choice for the French executive class. It is easy to see why. All the stretch - 10 full inches over the GTi - is in the rear passenger compartment, creating enough floor space back there to encamp an army division. Comfort is, indeed, the strong suit of this car. The hydropneumatic system employs a combination of gas and hydraulic fluids to do the work of the suspension, steering and brakes. For floating luxury, the Citroën suspension is unbeatable. It is self-levelling and can also be adjusted, with the flick of a finger, for ground clearance. The CX Prestige tends to roll a bit during hard cornering but on the boulevard or expressway it is unexcelled in riding comfort. The interior lay-out is unique, to put it mildly. The Alfa and the Maserati are different, but the CX is from another planet. The location of ordinary items such as turn signals, headlights, and so on, defies experience. The tape deck is on the center console. The radio is controlled from a flexible arm that sprouts from the floor, can be adjusted for any position or level desired and looks like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie. The CX Prestige is awesome, in the true sense of that much-abused word. What is more amazing is that after an hour or so behind the wheel, we had become so totally acclimated to the design that we began to wonder why all cars aren't built that way! The CX is profoundly different, but not illogical, and the more you live with it the more logical it seems. At the conclusion of our test, we found it difficult to readjust to ordinary cars. If you like being the center of attention, the CX GTi or Prestige is a must. No test car in our history has attracted as much notice and comment. A crowd would, literally, gather each time we pulled into a convenience store for a cup of coffee. People would get out of their cars at traffic lights to inquire about it. Our car was a rolling conversation piece. Moreover, nearly all the comments were highly favorable. The CX Prestige clearly struck a deep chord in people, and they tended to treat it (and, by extension, us) as they would a celebrity. All in all, a remarkable experience. R&D

    D DanD DanPred 11 dnevi
  • i managed to get 20 mins in as i love this car but this guys voice is so annoying i couldnt watch it further 170 bhp is very good for a car of this era. this car is magnificant but it is indeed a lot of trouble waiting to happen every MOT love french quirky cars. why doesnt he review some crap american cars as they are all crap even the good ones

    john parlmerjohn parlmerPred 11 dnevi
  • We have a 80s BX in our garden, which broke down caused by the wrong fluid in the suspension. Citroen has 3 different fluids for the suspension. Yeah the car met the wrong mechanic, who filled up the wrong one and all sealant began to leak, so no chance to rescue it. Now its in our garden and is used for storing stuff since decades....

    Tobias RieperTobias RieperPred 12 dnevi