QOTD: Worst Upscale Car Design of the 2010s?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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]

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  • Jkross22 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.

  • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Mar 04, 2020

    I feel totally bored with most ultra-high-end design, except possibly Ferrari's 2-seaters. The cars all look the same and none of them make me want them. Let me put it this way: if I were a billionaire, my most expensive car at the moment would be an Audi S8.

  • Wjtinfwb How does the ICE mid-engine C8 platform work for... anything else? A sedan? SUV? With a mid engine configuration? A mid-engine SUV will have to be Suburban sized to offer the utility of a CRV. GM should dust off the Omega platform designed for the Cadillac CT6 for an SUV/Sedan offering with exceptional handling, Rear or AWD capability and acceptable space utilization. They also need to focus on interior fit & finish, trim choices and high quality final engineering and assembly. What GM doesn't need is another half-baked product with a storied and prestigious badge on the decklid and a premium price on the Monroney. No more Cimarron's, Allante's or X-cars needed to tarnish the reputation of Corvette.
  • InCogKneeToe BUILD It and they will come.By Build It, I mean a Vehicle that the Customer Wants and it works for them. It could be called Chevette for all that that matters. The Mach E's success isn't because it totes the Mustang on it.Just build what people want, the next Caravan/Taurus/Beetle/Maverick (truck).
  • YellowDuck Wait...how do you make a mid-engine crossover? Or even a 4-door coupe? Me not get.
  • 28-Cars-Later Thanks Corey. The head stud job on NOrthSTAR-T was $3K *years ago* as it involves an engine pull so rear wheel arch rust in and of itself isn't a show stopper. I'll be sure to check out the trunk as it may start to add up on deferred maintenance. Supposedly this was garaged so the underneath the rockers etc. should be decent but if those are shot its not gonna work.
  • Mark 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, G4NG engine with connecting rod bearing issues. Engine needs to be replaced, but Hyundai is denying warranty claim. I have all maintenance records from mile zero. It has been in Hyundai Service department 5 time in 4 months. They added the knock sensor and software update to let you know the engine is about to blow up. They kicked the can down the road doing patch work until the car was past the 120k extended extended warranty. I have that documentation too. So how can I join the class action law suit or find a Lawyer that handles these types of issues?