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UPDATED: Oct 2, 2020

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SsangYong Rodius

Once described as looking like it had been designed by “two completely different teams, sitting in different countries, in the dark, and working to separate briefs,” another review argued that the SsangYong Rodius looked as though it was carrying a conservatory on its rear end. From the front, it is unappealing but not offensively so – it is only really from the profile and reverse that the full horror is unveiled. The rear end of the Rodius appears completely disconnected from the front, hideous to the extreme simply because of how bizarre it appears. Marketed as an affordable seven seater vehicle, it seems unlikely many people ever wanted to be seen driving it.

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SsangYong Rodius
SsangYong Rodius

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Toyota Yaris Verso

Combining features of both the supermini and the van, whilst it may have been a practical vehicle the Yaris Verso was not an attractive car. Although from the front it appears to be a normal city car, from the rear it is boxy and basically built on a van base. Strange proportions and an ungainly driving position made it also handle badly, and most users reported that an uneven road surface had passengers ratting around inside its boxy shell. Unfortunately, the Yaris was not a success.

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Toyota Yaris Verso
Toyota Yaris Verso

Table – Ugliest Cars of all Time

RankVehicle
1SsangYong Rodius
2Toyota Yaris Verso
3Fiat Multipla
4Ford Flex
5Nissan Cube
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Fiat Multipla

Produced between 1998 and 2003, the Fiat Multipla is a uniquely shaped vehicle which brought the ultimate in practicality to seating solutions – two rows of three seats, giving an extremely wide body shape and eccentric charm. Winning the Top Gear Award for the ugliest car in 1999, the angles of the body give it a special appeal – some fans love it because of its lack of grace, but for most people there is no way of avoiding its lack of aesthetic consideration. Strange light fittings to the front only add confusion, but little could save it from consignment to the ugly list.

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Fiat Multipla
Fiat Multipla

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Ford Flex

One would hope that new 2013 models would have learnt from the past, and that all new vehicles would be pinnacles of design excellence. This is not the case. At least, it does not appear so given the strange boxy shape of the new Ford Flex. Having a profile shape more akin to a hearse than a four-by-four, and a new grille across the front which underlines the large lettering on the downwards plane of the nose, the Flex is uniquely unappealing.

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Ford Flex
Ford Flex. This is a nicer looking Ford Flex.

Nissan Cube

Looking like a school bus or a shoe box with added wheels, the Nissan Cube makes no concession to aerodynamics or aesthetic desires and remains one of the ugliest cars of all time. Apparently aimed at a generation who appreciate the ‘old school’ detailing, those born between the 1980s and 1990s whose ideal car has a clumsiness and innately angular form. Modular and unashamedly square, the Nissan called the Cube a ‘mobile device’ – perhaps not envisaging that few buyers would want to be taking it anywhere. The logic is sound – mobile phones are cube like and square, laptops too – but people did not want the Cube on their driveway.

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Nissan Cube
Nissan Cube