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Andrew Frankel Autocar
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20 December 2014

A few weeks ago Andrew Frankel picked his top 50 best cars in sale in Britain today.

Among the top 10 were the Mini Cooper, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Range Rover Sport, Ford Fiesta 1.0T EcoBoost and Porsche 911 GT3, but it was the storming Volkswagen Golf R which took the top honours. 

There's a flipside, though, because while we were busy naming the best cars on sale today, we also had to choose those models which fall drastically short of our expectations.

Welcome, then, to our list of the worst cars on sale in this country.

10 - Infiniti Q50 2.2D

Worryingly, the firm’s top brass must have driven the Q50 back to back with a BMW 3-series and concluded that it was at least competitive. It isn’t.

9 – Ford EcoSport

Ford is not the only manufacturer to get a car into both the top five and the bottom 10, but the EcoSport still represents an amazing drop in form.

8 – Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid

World’s first luxury sporting plug-in hybrid. But its power delivery is annoying, the price high and the base diesel better and more frugal in daily use.

7 – Fiat 500L

Proof that there are limits to the elasticity of brands even as strong as the 500. If you think it isn’t much to look at, wait until you drive it.

6 – Mini Paceman John Cooper Works All4

Take a Countryman and remove the main point of buying one (its five doors and practical interior). If the Paceman has a point, we can’t see it. 

5 – Lexus CT200h

Not much more than a posh Prius with an inflated price. It would have been overtaken many times by newer rivals were it not already at the back.

4 – Nissan Micra

Some cars make this rogue’s gallery because of one appalling impediment, but the Micra is here because it’s miserably mediocre in so many areas.

3 – BMW 7-series

It was probably the least desirable mainstream luxury saloon even when it was new back in 2008. Today, it’s mightily far off the pace.

2 – Alfa Romeo Mito TwinAir

Putting a two-cylinder, 0.9-litre engine in a Fiat Panda is charming. But it makes this under-achieving Alfa slow, dull and not even that frugal.

1 – Citroën DS4 DSport THP200

The Citroën DS4 wants you to think that it’s a unique crossover crusader. It’s not. It’s an expensive C4 in drag.

What's on your list of the worst cars on sale today? Let us know below, and see the full list of the top 50 best cars on sale today here.

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erly5 22 December 2014

where's all the comments?

3 pages of the same comments - can't see my original comment!
jonboy4969 22 December 2014

I see a number of posts have

I see a number of posts have been removed, one of which was mine, not sure why, there was nothing in it to warrant a removal. so I will say it again.....

This list is wrong, and I am not sure why a number of these models have been chosen, as they are perfectly acceptable cars, where are ALL the SSangyongs, they are all rubbish, what about the Steed, thats even worse, Perodua and Proton too........... I wonder if this one will get removed, I would like to know why

COME ON AUTOCAR EXPLAIN WHY YOUR REMOVING POSTS

sierra 22 December 2014

,,,and worst website working goes to...

...Autocar - the comments system isn't working

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