The BX was the first totally new Citroen to be released by the company after being rescued in the early Seventies by cash-rich rival Peugeot. Citroen enthusiasts were terrified that the traditional Citroen eccentricities would disappear and feared what form the BX might take. It turned out to be a thoroughly conventional car (for a Citroen) and an excellent one to own, unlike many of its predecessors. Owners old and new were impressed and the BX became a great success.
The British took to the BX the moment it was released. There were many people who, for years, had longed to own a car with Citroen's brilliant hydraulic suspension but had been turned off by the radical looks of the CX or GSA. The BX's styling was a break with the past yet still off-beat, but its roomy body, great handling, magic-carpet ride and sprightly performance made it a popular car like no Citroen had ever been before.