Currently reading: The worst cars on sale today
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
Autocar
News
3 mins read
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.

Advertisement

Read our review

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

The X6 is a showroom hit, but does the smaller X4 also deserve to be when the X3 is the more practical sports SUV - and the Porsche Macan exists?

Back to top

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.

Back to top

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.

Back to top

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.

Back to top

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 

 

Join the debate

Comments
29
Add a comment…
MBoothbyCars 5 April 2016

Why?

I didn't even know Proton still has a market here. What baffles me most is that they think it's still a good idea to sell the Gen-2...a car that feels 20 years old. It makes the MG 6 look like a Mercedes
MBoothbyCars 5 April 2016

Why?

I didn't even know Proton still has a market here. What baffles me most is that they think it's still a good idea to sell the Gen-2...a car that feels 20 years old. It makes the MG 6 look like a Mercedes
smarttony 5 April 2016

Proton

Why is there a Proton in this list of the worst cars on sale today? No Protons have been imported for the past few years - you'd not be able to buy one these days.