Here’s the thing about design: it’s immensely subjective.
If a car rides poorly, or suffers noticeable road noise in the cabin, there’s not much of an argument to be had there. It is what it is. (That said, we always find a way…)
Styling, though? That’s a whole other beast. It’s also one of our greatest sources of debate, both within the CarAdvice offices and right here in the comments section of our reviews and news articles.
This week, we got to thinking: let’s pick five standout designs with plenty of polarising presence, and put it to our readers to help us pick the most controversial look, the car with the most heavily and heatedly debated virtues – or lack thereof.
Remember, this is all about looks. We’re asking you to judge these books by their covers, without over-analysing the design’s integration with the technology beneath, or its intended goals in the market.
For your efforts, we’ve got a huge $500 in free fuel to give away.
So, tell us: which of the five cars below – either revealed or launched in 2016 – most raises your ire, making you question just what the designers must have been thinking?
Bentley’s big Bentayga has been a long-time coming. The company’s first-ever SUV was first teased sometime ago with the EXP 9 F concept, and its icy reception had the concept’s design team returning to the drawing board in quick order. But is the finished product any better? Is it a properly Bentley look?
Even for a brand already known for its out-of-the-box styling, the C4 Cactus is something else. Previewed back in 2013, the Cactus represents the funkiest styling experiment in quite some years for the Citroen brand – but are its air bubbles and curvy lines what the SUV market has been looking for?
Oh boy. The new Discovery’s look is no surprise, first teased by the Vision concept in early 2014. The time since has seen the small Freelander replaced by the Discovery Sport, and now the equally boxy (and legendary) look of the proper Discovery has been transformed along the same lines. Is it going to be a winner for the storied Land Rover brand?
As if the new Discovery weren’t enough for fans to take in, there’s now also the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
This new droptop version of the popular Evoque, like the overseas Nissan Murano Cross-Cabriolet before it, stands apart as a symbol of our rapid move toward all things SUV. Whether it’s a coupe-like shape or a proper convertible, there is now very little that can’t be had in a high-riding form. How does that sit with you?
With sharp axe-like headlights and tall LED tail lamps bookending a comparatively anonymous cabin design, the new Toyota Prius has taken some getting used to. Have you grown attached to it, or are you scratching your head?
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