We are fortunate to live in a time when there are few truly ugly vehicles on the road. Sure, not every vehicle will win beauty contests, but it was harder than I thought it would be to find vehicles that, as the British mind say, are right mingers.
Sure, the Hyundai Elantra is bold, and perhaps not to everyone’s tastes, but its proportions are kind of correct, and there is something intriguing about it. And, okay, I admit that the Tesla Model Y looks like a speech bubble in a cartoon, but doesn’t make it exceptionally, extravagantly, or even exquisitely ugly.
There was a time when cars looked truly bizarre, like the Fiat Multipla, or Frankensteinish like the Pontiac Aztec. Cars like the Triumph TR7, the Alfa Romeo SZ, the original Jeep Compass, the 1980 Cadillac Seville, and the AMC Gremlin really make eyeballs sear and faces contort.
As far as cars on sale today go, I can only think of a few that really make me gasp. Then again, there is the recent work of BMW. Intended to be divisive, its big-grilled designs are becoming so widely hated that I’m getting bored of dunking on them. The word “divisive,” then, would hardly seem to fit. But surely cars like the M4 and the XM aren’t alone.
I, frankly, think the AMG SL roadster looks quite bad. I admit that it’s not as breathtakingly bad as the M4, but its proportions seem all wrong to me. And I find it especially disappointing that a car designed almost exclusively to be an object of desire looks like a bar of soap after a few uses.
What do you think, though? What’s the ugliest car on sale today? Bonus points if your answer doesn’t begin with BMW.