The 2010s era was particularly epic for the car industry because of amazing improvements to products like electric vehicles as well as other fuel alternatives, plus self-driving cars. Vehicle exterior designs also advanced remarkably. Some were insanely gorgeous and innovative, others﹣not so much. Take a look at some of the ugliest cars from the 2010s.
2012 Nissan NV
The 2012 Nissan NV was designed as a versatile, truck-van combo ideal for those in the construction business. It offered comfort and utility but just look at it. The boxy design is actually nightmarish. The NV looks like something a serial killer would pick to blend in day or night. Aside from its controversial styling, another downside to this vehicle was the lack of an integrated trailer brake controller. The raised roof on this thing really makes it one of the ugliest vans ever.
2013 BMW i3
BMW really tried to funk it up with the 2012 i3. The i3 was the carmaker’s first mass-produced zero-emissions vehicle. Although, this was obviously before designers tried to make electric cars look cool. You would think a luxury like BMW would have tried a little harder to make such a historical product in its lineup more attractive. The i3 has distorted headlights that look like eyes. Its freakish design is also matched on the inside. Now in 2020, BMW is laser-focused on introducing new lineups of attractive and efficient electric vehicles. Still, the latest i3 is still pretty ugly.
2013 Youabian Puma
The Youabian Puma convertible almost looks like a real-life Hot Wheel that got microwaved somehow. Its passenger doors appear to be karate chopped and dented. The pulled back bumper and sharp headlights make it look a monster in disguise from Scooby-Doo. This car was made by a Los Angeles based surgeon named Dr. Kambiz Youabian. To be fair, his goal was to make a “monster truck car,” so at least he accomplished that.
2014 Citroën C4 Cactus
If you’re looking at the C4 Cactus crossover from afar you might think the brown stuff on the side is just wood paneling. Come closer though, and you’ll see that it’s some kind of weird padding Citroën named “air bumps.” The roof looks like it was inspired by Subaru, which isn’t bad, and the front almost looks like an old Saturn. Looks aside, many consumers found the Cactus to be a pleasant ride that was safe and reliable. But really, how could anyone get past the grotesque, brown padding?
2019 Bentley Bentayga
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. The Bentayga appears as a hearse that’s trying to be sexy and that is a huge fail. Seriously, the styling on this SUV makes no sense. Ironically enough, this model is considered as an ultra-luxury SUV and it has the features to prove it. It’s got significant horsepower, dynamic powertrains, and a polished interior. The Bentayga also has thoughtful infotainment features and plenty of driver aids but it’s still ugly. Sometimes what’s on the inside just doesn’t count.
For even more ugly cars from the 2010s, check out MotorTrend’s full list here.