The car's exterior plays an integral role in the aesthetics of the vehicle. Although the shape and the color of the exterior are important in beautifying the vehicle, the interior needs to be plush as well. Leather seats, a fancy navigation system, and a shiny wooden dashboard are some of the features that make the aesthetics of the vehicle appealing. The other important feature in the interior of a vehicle is the gauge cluster. The first thing that the driver sees when he gets into a vehicle are the steering wheel and the gauge cluster. The shape and the color that the manufacturer chose for the speedometer, the tachometer, and the fuel gauge are important, as they can enhance the vehicle's aesthetics or ruin the entire interior.
Fitting the vehicle with the correct gauge cluster is an easy task for most car manufacturers to accomplish, as it requires the manufacturer to match the gauge cluster to the rest of the vehicle. The most prominent car companies have gotten it right, but other companies have struggled to fit their vehicles with compatible gauge clusters, which, in my opinion, is the easiest part of assembling a vehicle. We looked inside vehicles to find out the gauge clusters they carry and discovered that while other cars' beauty accentuates some cars, interiors can also be ruined because of an ugly gauge cluster.
20 Out There: Chevrolet C/K
Although Chevrolet has manufactured magnificent pickup trucks such as the Silverado, the US manufacturer didn't fit attractive gauge clusters into its vehicles in the '80s. Chevrolet has made the C/K series since 1960. The body style consists of a 2-door regular cab, a 3-door extended cab, and a 4-door crew cab. The engines vary from a 4.1-liter V6 to a 7.1-liter V8. The manufacturer made the truck to haul heavy loads, not for cruising at fast speeds, as the C/K models have an average of 180 horsepower. The new models look a lot better than the '80s ones, so it's best you avoid the terrible gauge cluster.
19 Out There: Maserati Boomerang
When you drive a car that's called "Boomerang," your friends will ridicule you for choosing a vehicle with such an odd name. Then, when your friends see the gauge cluster that the Maserati Boomerang sports, they'll burst out into laughter.
The steering wheel is the gauge cluster on the 1972 Maserati Boomerang, and even the indicator switch is next to the speedometer.
When you see the exterior of the Boomerang, you'll realize that the Italian manufacturer emulated the design of the Lamborghini Diablo. The Boomerang fails to impress with its exterior, especially its gauge cluster.
18 Out There: Aston Martin Lagonda
The British manufacturer got the gauge cluster correct when it built the Vantage; hence, we featured it on the epic list, but Aston Martin got it wrong while designing the gauge cluster for the 1985 Lagonda. The panel and the gauge cluster look like something you'd see on a Star Trek ship. The exterior of the vehicle is just as dismal. Considering the car looks ugly, we were surprised to discover that the English manufacturer kept it in production for fourteen years. The car has a 5.3-liter V8 engine. The most surprising aspect of the car is its current market price, which is $90,000.
17 Out There: Cadillac Deville
The only nice thing we can say about the Deville is that it has a 4.6-liter V8 engine, which spurts out 275 horsepower.
The car takes about eight seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph, which isn't bad, considering the vehicle is fourteen years old.
The car has a 4-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drive. Although the bonnet fosters a big engine, the gauge cluster looks terrible. It provides limited information, and the panel is small. The combined fuel consumption is 22 mpg. If you want to buy the Deville, the average price on the market is $5,000.
16 Out There: BMW Z4 M
When the German manufacturer unveiled the Z3 to the market, BMW enthusiasts went berserk. The Z3 was the first sports car that BMW manufactured, and it looked fantastic. Then, BMW enthusiasts were eager for the advent of the Z4. When the German manufacturer released the Z4, buyers liked the sporty look of the vehicle but hated the gauge cluster. BMW tried to design a sporty look even for the gauge cluster but failed. The best option that BMW could've chosen was to keep the standard BMW gauge cluster found in the 3-series.
15 Out There: Mini Cooper Countryman
Mr. Bean's car, at least some parts, has improved throughout the years. The new generation of Mini Coopers gave the English manufacturer a fighting chance to lure in the female market. The car was a success, and Mini wanted to penetrate the SUV market. The English manufacturer designed its version of an SUV, the Countryman, but made a huge mistake with the gauge cluster. Not only is the speedometer too big, but it's to the right of the steering wheel and looks like the Big Ben. We featured the 2014 model, which retails for around $20,000.
14 Out There: Toyota Corolla GT-S
Buyers who are looking for a car that'll last for many years and can cover several hundred thousand miles should shop for a Toyota. Consumer Reports features the vehicle every year in its Most Reliable list. Toyota is safe, and its engine can tolerate countless miles.
One of the few mistakes that the Japanese manufacturer made was when it designed the gauge cluster of the 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S.
The end product looks like a heart monitor that you'll find in a hospital. Audacious buyers who are keen to own this reliable vehicle with a horrible gauge cluster will have to pay $4,000.
13 Out There: Alfa Romeo 90
Regardless if you refer to the vehicle as the "Romeo 90" or the "Quadrifoglio Ora," it has an ugly gauge cluster. Alfa designed the gauge cluster with the numbers sideways. Consumer Reports has featured the Alfa Romeo almost every year on its Least Reliable Vehicles list, as the car is prone to breakdowns. It seems that the Italian manufacturer has struggled to manufacture a vehicle that's reliable and aesthetically appealing. The best option buyers can take is to avoid the vehicle if they don't want to experience countless headaches and tolerate the egregious interior.
12 Out There: Volvo Tundra
The Swedish manufacturer has produced some of the most reliable and safe vehicles to grace the roads. Volvo has garnered several awards for producing outstanding cars. The S80 is one example, but the Swedish manufacturer got the gauge cluster design wrong when it developed the Volvo Tundra concept.
The gauge cluster looks like something the producer of Back To the Future would've installed in the DeLorean.
It looks complicated, futuristic, and eccentric. The chief designer from Bertoni, Marcello Gandini, got the design wrong, and Volvo scrapped the project.
11 Out There: Corvette C4
Chevrolet managed to keep the C4 on the market from 1983 to 1996. That's a long time, considering the car had an ugly gauge cluster. The US manufacturer marketed the vehicle as a sports car but failed when it designed the dashboard. The performance of the vehicle was impressive, as the engine pumped out 375 horsepower, enabling the vehicle to exceed 175 mph. The car has a 5.7-liter V8 engine and is available as a coupé, a targa top, or a convertible. Buyers who want to purchase the 1984 model will have to pay around $4,000.
10 Epic: Ferrari 375 MM Spider
Nothing can beat the classic look of the 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider. The wooden steering wheel and the basic gauge cluster without any fancy touchscreens make this vehicle a classic. The 375 MM Spider has a V-12 engine that pumps out 340 horsepower. The Italian manufacturer made only twelve of these. What makes the car more special is that the Ferrari team used it as the official vehicle to win the 1954 SCCA National Championship. If you're looking for the 375 MM Spider that won the championship, you can get it for a whopping price of $9 million.
9 Epic: Mazda 3
The color of the lighting inside the vehicle that the manufacturer selects can ruin the vehicle or make it more beautiful. The Japanese manufacturer made the correct choice when it selected the light-blue color for the gauge cluster in the 2018 Mazda 3. To be honest, the gauge cluster looks better than the design of the exterior. The light-blue color gives you the impression that you're driving a sports vehicle that most buyers cannot afford. Although the Mazda 3 is capable of pushing out only 156 horsepower, buyers can have a gauge cluster that's on par with sports vehicles for $17,000.
8 Epic: Koenigsegg CCX
Besides the fascinating gauge cluster that this speed demon possesses, the vehicle is stunning and reserved for the elite. The Swedish manufacturer produced the vehicle from 2006 to 2010.
The car is a rear-wheel drive with a 4.7-liter V8 engine, pumping out 795 horsepower, and Koenigsegg unveiled it for the first time in 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show.
If you buy this vehicle, don't expect it to be fuel efficient, as the CCX will consume 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. The gauge states the top speed to be 420 km/h, which is 260 mph. We selected the 2007 model's gauge.
7 Epic: Lamborghini Aventador
The matte-black Aventador is the vehicle that resembles the Batmobile the most. Everything, not just the awesome gauge cluster that looks like you're playing a video game about the Aventador, is cool.
This Italian machine fosters a 6.5-liter V-12 engine and a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The Italian manufacturer planned to limit the production to 4,000 vehicles but surpassed the mark by reaching 5,000 sold vehicles from 2011 to 2016. If you want to be the proud owner of a Lamborghini Aventador, you'll have to fork out $467,000 for the latest model. The gauge cluster we featured belongs to a 2011 model costing $390,000.
6 Epic: Aston Martin Vantage Coupe
"Cool," "calm," and "suave" are three words that best describe James Bond and the cars he drives. The British manufacturer designed the Aston Martin to look sophisticated but capable of reaching high speeds. With a gauge cluster such as this on the Vantage Coupe, the British manufacturer achieved its objective. The simple yet stylish design of the gauge cluster provides the interior with the sophistication that gentlemen such as Bond seek. The car has a 4.7-liter V8 engine, which pumps out 426 horsepower. The gauge cluster pictured belongs to a 2012 model, which costs $120,000.
5 Epic: Audi TT
The days of buying a TomTom Navigation and turning knobs in your vehicle are long gone. In the modern era, car manufacturers produce gauge clusters that are digital. When you buy the 2015 Audi TT, your vehicle will contain a unique gauge cluster that provides the standard features with a GPS navigation, which looks awesome.
Apart from the hip dashboard, the Audi TT is a performance vehicle, as it reaches 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
The car has a 2-liter engine capable of spurting out 211 horsepower in the base model, while the TTS is capable of 265 horsepower.
4 Epic: Nissan 370Z
As we mentioned, one of the most important ingredients for making the gauge cluster suit the vehicle is ensuring that it matches the color of the interior. One of the manufacturers who got the recipe correct is Nissan. The 2017 370Z model has a gauge cluster that's simple yet stunning, as it fades into the vehicle's dashboard. The car looks good on the inside and provides a thrilling ride. The 370Z has a 3.7-liter V6 engine that pumps out 332 horsepower with a 7-speed automatic transmission to reach a top speed of 155 mph. Buyers looking to get their hands on the 370Z will have to pay $41,000.
3 Epic: Bentley Continental GT
Rappers love Bentley for the luxury and the spacious interior that the vehicle confers. Some car manufacturers felt that it didn't need to design an over-the-top gauge cluster to impress the market.
The US manufacturer chose a design that suited the panel while providing all the information that the driver needed.
Although a heavy vehicle, the 2015 Bentley Continental GT 4-liter V8 engine is capable of propelling the car to reach a top speed of 189 mph. To experience luxury while speeding on the highway, you can buy the Continental GT for $132,000.
2 Epic: McLaren 720S
When car manufacturers released vehicles that had a folding roof, we were in awe. The next level is a folding gauge cluster. To stay ahead of the pact by owning a folding gauge cluster, you'll have to buy a McLaren 720S. The driver can select a full display of the gauge cluster or fold the screen to view the essentials. When drivers want to focus entirely on the road, the regular screen flips downward to display a simple strip called the Slim Display Mode, which shows the gear, the revs, and the speed. To own this one-of-a-kind gauge cluster, you'll have to purchase the Mclaren 720s for $285,000.
1 Epic: Bugatti Chiron
The pinnacle of sophistication best describes this lavish vehicle. If you thought that owning any Bugatti was a blessing reserved for special people, then owning a Chiron is reserved for legends. The Chiron is the most powerful, the fastest, and the most exclusive car in Bugatti's repertoire. Under the bonnet, you'll find an 8-liter 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission capable of pumping out 1,500 h0rsepower. The top speed of the vehicle is 277 mph, and it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. To become a legend by owning this majestic vehicle, you'll have to part ways with $3 million.