You've seen the 50 cars we deemed the best on sale today, now take a look at the cars at the other end of the scale
4 April 2016

In no particular order, these are the cars we liked least. Not the worst — in some cases by no means - just those that disappointed, irritated, infuriated or came closest to making us consider the merits of public transport

To read our Top 50 cars on sale, from 50-26, click here

BMW X4

The only car on earth capable of making an X6 look attractive. The only positive thing that can be said for its appearance is that it’s so ugly that it might just distract you from the fact that, underneath, it’s just a less practical, more expensive BMW X3.

DS 4

Now the DS brand has been relaunched as a marque in its own right, hopefully Citroën will realise that repackaged mediocrity won’t really do these days and that it must stop building cars like the DS 4. For the money, the 4 falls far too short far too often.

Fiat 500L

The idea - taking the look of the cutesy Fiat 500 and applying it to a car big enough for all the family to enjoy - was great. The execution left almost everything to be desired.

Nissan Micra

It beggars belief that after the final sign-off drive for the Micra, Nissan’s top brass all agreed it was good enough. It’s joyless.

Vauxhall Adam

Infinite accessory configurations and wacky names are all fine, as long as the car to which they are applied is fundamentally decent. The Vauxhall Adam, while improved, isn’t.

Toyota Avensis

Even if you can forgive the Toyota's userunfriendly ergonomics, dull looks and curious driving position, there is literally no excuse for making a family car so uninspiring to drive. 

Mini Paceman

Take one of our least favourite Minis, the Countryman, and remove the one big thing it has going for it, namely its capacious interior. The result is cramped, ugly and pointless. Mini calls it the Paceman.

Proton Gen 2

We try hard not to take cheap shots at bargain-bucket tin boxes like the Proton. But we’ll make an exception here. It’s staggeringly far off the class pace.

Mitsubishi Mirage

A car so mediocre on ride, handling and refinement that it feels like it should have been on sale at least a decade ago, and even then the Mitsubishi Mirage would have struggled to make an impact.

Ford Ecosport

Yes, it has been improved but, boy, did it need it. This is the Ford that proves even makers of usually very good cars can have their off days. 

Do you agree?

We’ve named our favourite car on sale; now it’s your turn. Visit autocar.co.uk/top50 to vote for your favourite car from the 50 listed here. The winner will be announced at the relaunched Autocar Awards at Silverstone on 24 May.

Read the rest:

Top 50 cars on sale today: 50-26

Top 50 cars on sale today: 25-6

Top 5 cars on sale today

Andrew Frankel, Matt Prior, Matt Saunders and Nic Cackett 

 

Our Verdict

BMW X4
We suspect the reason for the BMW X4's creation is because of the Porsche Macan

The X6 is a showroom hit. Does its smaller brother deserve to be?

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4 April 2016
Seen a couple of these already, unfortunately. Gosh it's ugly. I don't think it's selling all that well in the US though so, hopefully, it will only last one gen ( fingers crossed ).

 

 

4 April 2016
The BMW 3- and 5-series GT (the sloping hatch version) has to be the ugliest and pointless models in their lineup, far more unappealing than the X4 and X6 and probably where their 4-door SUV coupe styling originated from.

4 April 2016
ahaus wrote:

The BMW 3- and 5-series GT (the sloping hatch version) has to be the ugliest and pointless models in their lineup, far more unappealing than the X4 and X6 and probably where their 4-door SUV coupe styling originated from.

Every time I'm unfortunate enough to see one in traffic, I don't turn my head away in disgust - I stare at it in disbelief. Then I try to have a peer at the owner, and wonder what the hell was going on in his mind on that fateful day. Then I think about the designers back in Germany, and wonder the same. After that I get horrible flashbacks to the Rover 800 Fastback. How long will this nightmare go on.....?

4 April 2016
Mercedes A class - not to be sure the worst car by any means, but one that confirms MB's shift of direction from an engineering led company to a mass market one. The change from an innovative chassis with a small footprint and spacious interior to a bog standard hatchback with a crashy ride and claustrophobic interior is a huge retrograde step.

4 April 2016
I admit to liking the X6 so I would expect a smaller one the work but it doesn't. I honestly didn't know some of the other cars on the list were available. I thought they'd stopped building Micras and Avensis' years ago and I've never heard of the Proton or the Mirage. Surprised at the inclusion of the Fiat. You wouldn't buy one based on its looks but they seem pretty popular so they must have something going for them. A good shout suggesting the BMW GTs. Surely they are the answer to the question nobody asked. I'd be tempted to add the standard 5 door Megane and the equivalent Peugeot. No idea what they are like to live with but their mediocrity speaks volumes to me.

4 April 2016
"I thought they had stopped building Micras and Avensis' years ago". Seriously?

4 April 2016
We had a Nissan Qashqai 2008-11. I was given a Nissan Pixo courtesy car each time it went in for warranty work. I thought the Pixo was Nissans replacement for the Micra. A colleague has a 07 Avensis. Pretty confident I haven't seen a newer one. Looking at the pictures in the article though, I could have seen loads of them and never noticed.

4 April 2016
Where is the Ford Mustang V8 and Vauxhall Astra? Infact all the other Vauxhalls. Surprised to only see the Adam on this list.

4 April 2016
There are plenty of cars that could be added to this list, if only by virtue of the fact that so many modern cars are too heavily compromised by regulation or so called "customer clinics".

The industry as a whole needs needs a manufacturer to come up with a clean sheet attitude to car design as a whole.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

4 April 2016
There are plenty of cars that could be added to this list, if only by virtue of the fact that so many modern cars are too heavily compromised by regulation or so called "customer clinics".

The industry as a whole needs needs a manufacturer to come up with a clean sheet attitude to car design as a whole.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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