Cars are an integral part of our society, but not all look cool. In fact, we’d not love to be seen in some such as the Ford Multipla. Driving UK once described the case with Ford Multipla as, “The tragedy of the Multipla is that its Elephant Man-esque exterior enclosed a genuinely clever and spacious interior, and it wasn’t bad to drive, either. It’s a shame, then, that you’d rather walk than be seen in it.”
Today, we’ve seen more than our fair share of ugly cars. They are all around us. Some are ugly because they are trying to take advantage of the trendy avant-garde styling in the market while some are just hideous because they are too large. Toyota Mirai is one of these, and has been described as SpongeBob SquarePants on a skateboard by The Car Connection.
Some of these cars are hideous but have an above average handling such as the Lincoln MKX while some of these hideous cars are not exactly thrilling to drive. The unattractiveness in some of these cars also affects their comfortability as in the case of BMW X4. Some of these cars are ugly because they are unconventional as with the case of Sbarro 4x4+2 Concept Car.
Well, sit back, and enjoy the 20 most repulsive cars in 2018.
20 Nissan Juke
You will never miss a Nissan Juke Nismo anywhere because boy does this car stand out of the crowd. Auto Car UK describes it stating, “Outwardly, the usual extended bumpers and side sills distinguish the car, but of much greater impact is the enlarged front air dam, flanked by LED running lights.”
The Nismo version comes with an In-line 4-cylinder, 1618cc, turbocharged engine which churns out 215bhp at 6000rpm.
It can reach a top speed of 137mph, with a 0-62mph time of 7 seconds. Despite the Nismo’s extraterrestrial visual, it still continues to sell well.
19 Electra Meccanica Solo EV Commuter
The Electra Meccanica Solo EV Commuter is a Canadian manufactured electric car that can hold only one passenger. Yeah, you’ll not be getting those ‘Can I get a ride?’ questions anymore. That being said, this car is quite appalling to look at, and it is not that fast. Digital Trends reports, “While the top speed is just 82 miles per hour, it’s not as though you’ll be looking to break any records with your single-person ride.” However, it still boasts such features as multiple body colors including white, black, silver and red, a reversing camera to assist you park your three-wheeled car as well as three hours to a full charge.
18 Sbarro 4x4+2 Concept Car
The Sbarro 4x4+2 Concept Car looks like it was put together by a team of 2-year-olds. Honestly, this car is unappealing. In fact, Auto Evolution reports, “The front and rear bumpers look like chromed bathroom radiators, which they might as well be considering the entire vehicle seems like a DIY job put together without a clear plan using scrap parts found lying around the house.”
One of the most bizarre features it has is the two extra tires on the side of its body.
They have to drop down for you to access them. Question is, why can’t someone just remove them from the big holes. Well, this is just another wacky one from Franco Sbarro.
17 Toyota Mirai
Just like its 2017 counterpart, the 2018 Toyota Mirai is equally ugly – if not more. Top Gear gives it a generous rating of 6/10, but Car and Driver’s description of this car as SpongeBob SquarePants on a skateboard gives you a rather ugly picture as far as its looks are concerned. According to The Car Connection, which gives this car a possible 4.8 points out of 10, “The Mirai scores lower than all its competitors, including the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, which is simply a nicer, more capacious, better-performing, and longer-range hydrogen vehicle. The Tesla Model S and less-expensive Model 3 can use their maker’s nationwide Supercharger fast-charging network for long-distance road trips with zero tailpipe emissions.” It has a top speed of 108 mph, and can go from rest to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds.
16 Lincoln MKX
Lincoln has had quite a journey in creating its ugly SUVs, but Lincoln MKX might just take the price on the ugliest SUV from the company. Money Wise describes it as “At best, it’s reminiscent of a high-end hearse — but with that massive trunk and baleen grille, it really just looks like an oversized sea mammal.”
Car and Driver gives this mid-size luxury crossover SUV a possible 3 points out of five.
Nonetheless, this car comes with sweet features including an optional 19 speaker audio system, flexible leather seats as well as an optional 335-bhp 2.7-liter twin-turbo engine.
15 Mini Cooper
Mention the Mini Cooper in a group of people and you’re bound to discuss the Italian job at some point. However, that beloved, good-looking car just got a makeover, and it looks like someone spent the whole night pumping air into it. Additionally, the front emo headlight makeover as well as the grille makeover is a complete no-no. Despite its sharp handling, powerful turbo engine and impeccable interior styling, this car’s space has been reduced. It now features cramped back seat, a smaller cargo area and a firmer ride. However, you now get reversing cameras as well as parking sensors as standard features.
14 BMW i3
The BMW i3 looks are uniquely underwhelming. However, the ride is superb. Top Gear’s assessment of it is “The i3 remains the best premium small EV out there. Just be prepared to pay proper money.” In fact, TG loves its interior saying, “The interior of the i3 is possibly one of the best bits about it. Proper seating for four and easy access via the rear suicide doors, interesting shapes, textures, materials and tech.” Car and Driver gives this carbon fiber and aluminum-structured vehicle 3.1 points out of a possible 5 points. It has a top speed of 91 mph, and can go from rest to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds.
13 Bugatti Veyron Vivere Final Diamond Edition
Don’t get us wrong, we love the Bugatti Veyron. We love that it has 1001 horsepower, we love that it is practically handmade, and we love that it has 10 radiators and needs only 10 seconds to brake from top speed.
However, the Bugatti Veyron Vivere Final Diamond Edition exterior takes it to a new level of ugly.
While still maintaining the style of the original Veyron, the marble effect used on this car looks like someone got busy dismantling their kitchen countertops to use on the Veyron’s body! Hyperbeasts reports, “The car’s hood, wings, front lip, LED running lights, air intakes, rear exhausts and more are also given cosmetic and functional upgrades, making for a sharp, bold new exterior and some moderate technological improvements.”
12 Fiat 500L
The Fiat 500 was cute and good looking, until came its replacement – the Fiat 500L. Fiat 500 was selling well, and it is justifiable for a company to improve on an already bestseller in order to make more money. However, Chrysler here didn’t hit a homerun as far as the 500L looks are concerned. In fact, Car and Driver likens the 500L to a Fiat 500 with ‘an air hose shoved up its tailpipe’. Ouch, that’s got to hurt! As far as its handling is concerned, Top Gear reports’ “It’s very good in town, that’s for sure. The steering is calm and easy, perfect for city schlepping.”
11 Jeep Renegade
Jeep makes some of the best SUVs including the Wrangler and the Compass. However, Jeep Renegade is not one of these cool ones. It is a boxy SUV and looks like a reject Apple product according to Money Wise. Although repulsive on the exterior, Edmunds says, “For such a small car, the Renegade is impressively roomy inside. There's more than enough headroom for taller folks, though they might find issue with the limited legroom when sitting behind another tall passenger.” It has a top speed of 116 mph, and can go from rest to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds. Its engine churns out 180 hp.
10 Nissan Versa
The Nissan Versa is created to appeal to buyers who value rear seat legroom as well as boot space. This in turn ‘dwarfs the car’s stubby nose and riding-lawnmower-esque 15-inch wheels’ according to Car and Driver. It goes on saying, “this awkwardly proportioned four-door sedan… sends the message that its driver doesn’t care about much, especially not cars.”
Despite its spaciousness, the Versa is not quick and you only puts out 109 horsepower at 6000rpm.
However, this gives it good fuel economy, which might be favorable to several buyer segments including students.
9 Infiniti QX80 SUV
This humongous and awkward SUV looks like putting maternal love to test. It is based on the Nissan Armada – or the Nissan Patrol to the International market – and it’s quite large. Previously called the QX56, the QX80 has poor fuel economy only doing 13 mpg. According to CNet, “The InTouch infotainment system is out of date and needs a complete redesign.” It is roomy, and can tow 8500 pounds. It also features auxiliary audio input, engine immobilizer, telematics, rear parking aid, variable speed intermittent wipers, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a 26-gallon fuel tank.
8 Toyota 4Runner SUV
Oh my, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner SUV front fascia looks like it was out in the sun for too long and now it is melting. Car and Driver describes it saying, “Their frumpy countenance looks like a cross of Predator, lamprey Transformer, and gaping wound.” US News review of the car as a whole also leaves much to be desired, saying, “The 2018 Toyota 4Runner ranks near the bottom of the midsize SUV class. Its interior is laden with rough-and-tumble hard plastic materials, while its handling and ride are geared for off-roading, not highway miles or city traffic.” It has a top speed of 114 mph, and can go from rest to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Its engine churns out 270 hp.
7 Honda HR-V
The Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover SUV that is bizarrely proportioned. It is also a pathetic drive as Top Gear reports, but its interior design and styling makes up for the poor exterior styling and the poor drive. On its interior, Top Gear says, “It’s a pretty sophisticated thing inside. The dash layout on SE trim and above includes a 7-inch touch screen (it’s a bit laggy, but easy to navigate around), plus there’s a touch sensitive heating pane and clear instrumentation.” It has a top speed of 117 mph, and can go from rest to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds. Its engine produces 141 hp.
6 Lexus UX
The Lexus UX is the world’s answer to the miniature SUV, which has grown exponentially in popularity over the past few years.
This car features ultramodern design and styling, which comes off as a bit too futuristic.
The sharp body features, including the spindle grille, sharply angled headlamps, and creased bodywork as well as the square shaped wheel arches are too much to handle. The styling extends to the rear too, with Top Speed reporting, “Around [the] back, the overly enthusiastic look continues… Seriously, with the way the taillights, lines on the rear fascia, and body lines on the rear hatch all come together, you quite literally have to give it a second look just to be sure you’re not losing your mind.”
5 Subaru Impreza
Over the years, the Subaru Impreza has dwindled in its external aesthetic big time. It has gone from a sophisticated sporty look several years ago to a plain compact car look. Motor Trend reports that the 2018 version of Subaru Impreza has an underpowered engine, a touchy throttle tip-in as well as a rough ride on Sport models. Top Gear likes the interior reporting that ‘the upswing in the quality of the materials used in the Impreza MkV is remarkable.’ The only thing they dislike about its interior is the fake carbon fiber around the door handles.
4 Toyota C-HR
This subcompact crossover SUV has more angles than a protractor. On the inside, TG reports that “Some of the materials, particularly on the doors, are horrid; prioritizing form over function means rear visibility is pretty poor, even if space, surprisingly, isn’t; the wing-shod tailgate is so heavy and those ‘hidden’ rear door handles are pretty fiddly as well.”
Still, you get standard safety features including automated emergency braking and lane-departure warning.
It has a top speed of 115 mph, and can go from rest to 60 mph in 11 seconds. Its engine produces 144 hp. It also features pre-collision assist, lane keep assist, and brake assist.
3 BMW X4
BMW is big on crossovers, and boy do we love the X5 and X1. However, BMW didn’t hit a homerun with the X4. Slicing of its back not only gave it way less room, but it also made it uglier. In addition, the arched style at the back means that rear seat headroom is compromised and the cargo area space is weirdly shaped according to The Car Connection. The Car Connection also reports, “It’s a boon to passersby and front-seat riders, but that’s about all. The sloping roof line cuts into rear seat headroom, and while there’s just enough space for a 6-footer to sit behind another 6-footer, we wouldn’t advise it for long hauls.” Additionally, do not try to stuff 5 adults into this car, you will lose.
2 Nissan Maxima
The Nissan Maxima looks like origami gone bad. We don’t like the millions of cut lines and creases all over the car. If this wasn’t enough, we don’t like the fact that the Maxima is not exactly thrilling to drive according to The Car Connection. As far as its interior goes, Edmunds states, “Nissan's electronics interface is a home run. It's both easy to use and looks good — a rare feat. So many luxury car tech interfaces are overly complicated and confusing to use. Cargo space and storage are good for the segment.” It has a top speed of 133 mph, and can go from rest to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Its engine churns out 300 hp.
1 Honorable Mention: Fiat Multipla
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the hideous Fiat Multipla. Even though it wasn't released in 2018, this car's reputation is now legendary and transcends time. A couple of years ago, Car Throttle ran a survey. The question was what’s the ugliest car ever? 33% of the respondents answered Fiat Multipla. The car was so hideous that Driving UK reported, “The tragedy of the Multipla is that its Elephant Man-esque exterior enclosed a genuinely clever and spacious interior, and it wasn’t bad to drive, either. It’s a shame, then, that you’d rather walk than be seen in it.” It’s as if the car company ran out of ideas and just drew an oblong box shape on wheels!