10 Ugliest New Cars
Updated May 19, 2018
Designing a car that the masses will love is a tough task that I never want to be a part of, as there are so many varying tastes in the world. Some automakers, however, try way too hard in creating the perfect car to meet the desires of buyers and end up creating something that few will appreciate.
Yeah, I am talking about cars so ugly only the head designer could love it. With monsters like the Pontiac Aztek and the VW Thing distant memories, one would think automakers would learn their lesson. Unfortunately, this list of the 10 ugliest new cars shows that they still haven’t learned that trying too hard often results in horrifically ugly cars.
There is nothing pretty about the Mirage. Its design looks like it was ripped straight from the late 1990s, and its interior is a sea of plastic that is only a few years from being a concert of squeaks. Sure it is cheap, and has a few decent options as standard, like auto climate control, but that doesn’t make up for its 16-year-old looks.
The Mercedes G-Class is one of those vehicles that is an acquired taste. Sure, some people love it, and those of you who do are likely Googling my address right now and crafting up hate mail, but there is no denying just how ugly the G-Class is. Clearly, Mercedes is pulling at the heartstrings of nostalgia buffs, as it retains many of the styling cues it had from the 70s and 80s.
I do have to give credit where it is due, as the G-Class remains one of the few truly rugged SUVs on the market today, so kudos to Mercedes for that.
The Renegade is just one more in a long line of recent Jeep reveals that made me throw up in my mouth a bit. This Fiat-Jeep creation stands out like a sore thumb in Jeep’s lineup and puts a nasty crack in the brand’s mold that made it famous with its fans. Look, I understand the need to fill the subcompact crossover niche to make money, but the Renegade is a bit overboard.
There are few cars on the road that make me cringe more than the Mini Cooper. Mini makes so many versions of nearly the exact same funky vehicle that I can’t help but roll my eyes. In recent years, I have come to grips with the Mini lineup, but two models continue to make me say “why?” I am talking about the Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster. While the hatchback versions of the Mini have grown on me, the sawed-off roofs of the Roadster and Coupe just look awkward.
Fortunately, Mini is axing these two following the 2015 model year.
Another Jeep-Fiat creation that just does not fit the Jeep brand is the new Cherokee. There is nothing rough and tumble about its swoopy body, and those slits for headlights just look ridiculous in the daytime. I will admit, however, that those are some of the coolest lights at nighttime. I will also admit that the Cherokee Trailhawk gets a pass, as its rugged wheels and tires, and off-road stance all make look more Jeep-like.
You didn’t think that I would let Fiat fly under the radar, did you? Well, I didn’t, and the 500 comes in on the list because it is simply hideous. It’s kind of like Steve Buscemi in that it’s so ugly that some people think it’s cute. It wouldn’t be so bad if its proportions were in check, but its short wheelbase, narrow track, and high roofline are just plain awkward.
Don’t get me wrong, there are few cars in this world that are more fun to wring out than the 500 Abarth, but that doesn’t mean I have to like looking at it.
Okay, if you’ve read a few of my articles on this topic, you likely know that I am no fan of crossover coupes. Not only are they hideous, but they are also utterly useless as crossovers. The X4 and X6 fit this niche of stupidity perfectly, as their business in the front, party in the rear looks are about as attractive as the hairstyle that started that saying.
Some people may love these monstrosities because they offer more ride height and a “sporty” look, but I still think they are ugly.
Though the Cube was discontinued following the 2014 model year, there are still a few new ones available here and there. It’s no surprise why they haven’t sold out yet, as they are one of the ugliest cars available today. The rolling-cube look doesn’t do it well, and the rounded windows put it over the top on the ugliness meter. I am sure this design makes for a pretty useful cabin, but I wouldn’t be caught dead driving one.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was one of the first commercially available EVs in the U.S., but it is also one of the worst. Its short range and atrocious acceleration are just a few of its issues, but it is on this list because it is also one of the ugliest cars on the road today. From the inside out, the i-MiEV checks off just about every box, as its cabin is littered with low-quality fit and finish, and its body looks like little more than a closed-in golf cart.
This one will likely spark quite the debate, as the BMW i3 is both awesome and terrible at the same time. Its powertrain and interior are on-point for the brand, but its looks leave a lot to be desired. BMW’s typical style pattern is to remain understated and luxurious, but the i3’s exterior is almost overdone and looks as if Bimmer was trying too hard to be hip. I understand that the i sub-brand strays from BMW’s typical ways of doing things, but this is a huge step in the other direction.