In honor of Labor Day, generally celebrated as the end of summer with parades and barbecues, here is a batch of recent vehicles that, we think, deserve to be paraded and roasted. We showed you another group last summer, but these are even more grotesque.
First off is the MINI Countryman, above, about which we once had good things to say. Looking at it again, which is hard to do, the car illustrates about every aspect of bad design you could think of: bulbous nose, out-of-proportion double grille, too-small wheels, rear and side windows out of whack, etc. We really love those Union-Jack rearview mirrors.
You’ll have to wait until February to buy the Countryman in the U.S. In the U.K., mid-September base price will be £22,030, or over $34,000 US. Ouch.
We don’t ordinarily use watermarked photos, but cheers to Autocar for its rendering of what the new beast will possibly look like. The sloping roofline resembles the skull of a Neanderthal, doesn’t it?
From Russia comes this desecration of a 2011 BMW 535i, called the CLR 500 RS2. It appears they forgot to finish the carbon-fiber hood. The car also sports “extensive use” of carbon fiber inside. Why do people think carbon fiber is so cool to look at?
For me, it’s a toss-up as to which of these SUVs is homelier—the new Ford Explorer or the Dodge Durango. The Explorer is trying to ape the new Range Rover, and the Durango seems to enjoy a certain 1980s look.
We can’t omit the svelte Scion xB, which as one reviewer said, “appeals to people who want to be hip, young, and cutting-edge.” What he didn’t say is that the Scion xB is none of these things. It could be put in a time capsule exemplifying the ability of car designers to debase good taste.
Okay, let us know which of these wins your bad-design prize. And have a happy Labor Day!