QOTD: Worst Upscale Car Design of the 2010s?
We continue our exploration of vehicular design from the 2010s today. Thus far, we’ve covered the best and worst examples of more affordable car design, following it up last week with the best design among upscale vehicles.
Now it’s time to consider the worst of the upscale.
Just like last week, we have a price range of between $100,000 and $200,000 — enough to cover a broad swath of the high-end car market. Off limits are one-off prototypes and design exercises, as well as custom hack jobs with pavé diamond steering wheels. Production cars are where it’s at today. Have a look at this pricey item:
The standard BMW X6 increased its base price throughout the 2010s, a statement even more true for its M variant. A base X6M cost $89,000 in 2010. That price escalated to $103,000 in 2015 (pictured). Right now, new ones cost $108,600 before any options.
Regular X6 models look bad enough and struggle to define their actual purpose. Is the X6 commodious for people or cargo? Is it efficient in standard I6 guise with 21 combined miles per gallon, or with the M’s V8 version for 16 combined mpgs? Is it as comfortable as a sedan would be doing the exact same duties? Can it go off-road as its X designation might suggest? The answers to all these questions is “no.” But hey, at least it’s 300 pounds lighter than a Chevrolet Suburban.
The X6 is offensive in many senses, from ocular to financial. It easily qualifies in M trim as one of the worst designs from the past decade. Hopefully it’s cancelled soon, but I’m not holding my breath.
What’s your best of the worst selection?
[Images: Bentley, BMW]
Jkross22 on Mar 04, 2020
bmw 5 series gt or whatever they called their version of the Pontiac Azteck wins the prize for ugly design and overpriced garbage. Acura tried to make the hideous ZDX work with the same formula, but at least it was reliable. Same with the Honda Crosstour. Gen 2 executions of these ideas are much better looking AND more functional - Regal Sportback, Kia Stinger, VW Arteon.... it's a shame that these aren't selling.
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