Top Ugliest Cars

Featured Posts, Interesting | December 28th, 2012 by 29
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Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Why So Ugly? Car people tend to be a vocal bunch. We’re always full of opinions, thoughts and ideas as …

Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Why So Ugly?

Car people tend to be a vocal bunch. We’re always full of opinions, thoughts and ideas as to what a car should and shouldn’t be. This isn’t the case with just BMW car folk, it’s the case with every car folk out there…except for maybe Saab and Pontiac drivers. They’re screwed.

From performance numbers, to actual on-road feel, to the track and back, conversations are always sparking. Debates as to what features should be standard on a model, which leather choice is best and whether the run flat tires are a good idea or not constantly rage online on forums as well as coffee shops, lunch rooms and workplaces.

However, there is one international truth that we can all agree on, and that is that all of the above mentioned traits, options or characteristics that a car has, come second to the very first thing that we notice about a car; its looks.

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The shape and design of a vehicle is the first thing that we see. As a consequence, and depending on our reaction we either choose to further investigate this vehicle based on our visual attraction to it, or relegate it to the “not on my list” bin thanks to its ugliness. This means that the design of a car is massively important then because what the eyes see and like, the heart wants. This all means that car companies spend big bucks to acquire talented designers and artists in order to draw up new designs for future models. With the ever increasing popularity (can also be read as “necessity”) of platform sharing not only across a model line but even on a cross-brand level, the exterior appearance of a car plays an even more important role differentiating it from its siblings but also making it stand out in a sea of choices.

Enter, the ugly car.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” the saying goes, but when most everyone is saying the same thing, then it’s time to stop believing in sayings and start believing the truth, and that is to say, the car you’ve designed is ugly. I’m not referencing any particular brand, I’m talking about many different models across many different brands. We’ve seen them. We’ve made the “don’t like” face and we’ve even looked away from some of them, in unison, asking ourselves or even the person next to us the same 2 questions:

  1. Why would company X design and build such a monstrosity on wheels?!
  2. Why would anyone blessed with the gift of sight buy such a monstrosity on wheels?!

I’ve had my fair share of car conversations with people from all over the globe with varying tastes, likes and dislikes, and I’ve noticed something. As much as we love talking about cars, describing with such great passion the things we like about car X or car Y, it would seem that with an equal amount of passion, or maybe even greater, we love to talk about the cars we don’t like just as much. With that in mind, I asked a few friends and colleagues to mention what they thought were some of the ugliest cars to ever roam our streets and highways. The response was overwhelming and it started to paint a pretty clear picture as to what was and still is considered to be hideous. Here are some of the vehicles most frequently cited as being a sight for sore eyes:

PT Cruiser

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Pontiac Aztek

2004 Pontiac Aztek Rally

Fiat Multipla

Dodge Neon

Buick Terraza


Renault Avantine

Nissan Juke


Honda Element


Honda Insight

Subaru Baja


Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius 2010

Mitsuoka Orochi


Hummer H2/H3

2006 HUMMER H2 SUT Limited Edition Fusion Orange

Now, this is BMWBLOG, so here’s a list of BMW’s that were called out for their looks:


E83 X3

E65 7 Series (Bangle-butt)

E36/38 M Coupe

F07 5 Series Gran Turismo


If exotics are to be considered mobile works of art, with the drivers of such prized possessions doing the world a favor, maybe even making it a better place by simply driving their exotic wheels on our public streets, then how are we to describe such sights for sore eyes, that make our eyes even sorer?

Tell us in your opinion, what is the ugliest car ever produced? Naturally, this all boils down to personal taste, but again I say, there are some vehicles out there that only their designers could love. Be it a BMW or otherwise, speak your mind and make the world a better, prettier place!


29 responses to “Top Ugliest Cars”

  1. Mike S. says:

    That Aztek is horrible!! The 5GT is also a good choice

  2. Giom says:

    Can someone point out the ugly in the GT? The old X3 deserves to be here but not the other BMWs!

  3. Where’s the Subaru Tribeca??

    And I have to agree with the GT being on this list, it’s proportions are all out of whack

  4. I ´ve seen a lot of uglier carst than gt or X3… The problem is that they are a very good cars.But at least the back side of GT deserves to be here for sure. The M Coupé was at its time not so ugly and again it is great fun to drive, so I look a bit different at it…

  5. tan says:

    the GT is okay……there are many other cars that are uglier than that

  6. StraightSix says:

    What an irony with 5 GT, while the rear is hideous, the front fascia is one of the best looking on any BMW.

  7. Doug says:

    I can live with the 5 GT. For me, the Tata Indigo Manza – which Tata claims makes a “bold styling statement” – tops the list – and with a 66kw motor, it has performance to match its appalling looks.

  8. Vaybach Khan says:

    bmw z3 is one of the most beautiful bimmers!

  9. Hugo Becker says:

    There’s something ‘fishy’ about that Mistsuoka. And I personally believe the Honda Element was one of the best ’empty nester’ – ‘I need, but don’t like’ cars ever made. Truly perfectly functional – kinda like a Divco ( ;-)

    • You know, I read somewhere that the Element is essentially sealed with rubber, plastic and other bits guaranteeing some sort of flood proofing! So there you have it, it’s a spacious rubber and plastic box on wheels that won’t flood that some people need…like, surfers and fishermen ;)

  10. Mike says:

    Please add the INFINITI QX56 SUV to your list!!!

  11. Mike says:

    I should add the picture of the Infinity QX56 SUV…

  12. Designer says:

    This has go to be one of the worst columns Ive ever read on this blog. This is something that would be on the comcast home page. This subject is so very subjective.
    Isettas and Honda Elements are both excellent interesting designs and to term them as ugly is unbelievably shallow. Also why you’d pan the brand that pays your bills is just stupid.
    Don’t do this again or I’m on bimmerpost exclusively

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Here we go. Another bimmerpost admin coming here to bash original content.
      Thanks for your input and sorry that only this week we wrote about 5 interesting and unique articles compared to that forum that wants to be us.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      P.S. Read the first paragraphs were we said the design is subjective and that others might not view it the same.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      And last thing. Just cause we love the BMW brand doesn’t mean we can’t be objective and critical when needed, especially when it comes to the 5GT.

    • Enzo says:

      Geez, another attack from Bimmerpost…I’m on both sites, but I’ve never seen someone from bmwblog coming there to bash them.

      And Horatiu B. is right, this site actually gives informative pieces and car reviews while the other one is a forum that is useful for other things, but not necessarily for unique and quality articles.

  13. bgdc says:

    Where’s the horrendously hunchback X6? A neighbor has the X6 M… everytime we see it my wife says, “There’s the BMW Aztek.”

    Or the last two gens of the 6 series? Just hideous…like someone slapped a BMW badge on a Solara.

    At least the F30/e9x cars have the decency to be totally invisible. My son today mistook an e90 for a Prius. I laughed (I’ve owned two) because he’s right, it’s that invisible.

  14. madtaffy says:

    Sorry but the M Coupe is one fine looking motor and shouldn’t be anywhere near that list, I think you’ve tried to include to many BMW’s (for whatever reason) and not focused on truly ugly cars, the isetta is another one, that is an iconic car with style! seriously where were you going including these cars, subjective I get but that’s different to being wrong lol! you wouldn’t include say a 911 but some people find them ugly, but the majority don’t, which imo includes the M Coupe, I bet there is many many more people think the M Coupe is a good looking car, so your list should reflect on the majority or its just your opinion,

    The E87 5dr now that’s an UGLY car, :D

    On another note keep up the good work, great source of BMW news!!!

  15. yort4in11 says:

    It seems like once you get past the ugly cars, you have a bad relation with BMW. The only BMW I would put in the list, is the Mini. You REALLY need to rethink half of these cars.

  16. DN says:

    E38 coupes? Really? They’re gorgeous! Also, the neon ain’t bad and neither is the Juke. Everything else, burn it with fire. Specifically, the Aztek. That thing is a monstrosity.

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