Friday Five: Mediocre cars of 2012

It’s hard nowadays to find a car which is truly “bad”, what with the countless regulations and quality control measures in place. We have however found some pretty mediocre examples, many of which exhibit certain unwanted characteristics, be it ‘boring’, ‘sub-par’, ‘dull’ or ‘characterless’.

5. Audi Q3

We start off with the Audi Q3 crossover. It’s not bad looking, it’s got usual German reliability and it comes with three engine options – 2 litre diesel, 2 litre petrol and 2.5 litre petrol. In short, when it first came out in 2011, there was nothing ground breaking and there still isn’t. It’s just a bit dull and a bit boring, but will do if you just want a big family car. You’ll probably get cheap motor insurance though.

4. Hyundai i20

The i20, which came out in 2008 had something of a minor overhaul done to it. Only, this was really minor. It’s not a bad car, but it’s too little too late and the i20 comes out as just below average when compared to the other small cars around. The small car market has flourished as of late, with various hot hatches, hatches and so on being thrown at consumers. Come on Hyundai, put a bit more effort in if you want to be above the rest. refreshed this year, which wouldn’t normally be a serious cause for complaint.

3. Morgan Roadster 3.7

The not-so-mainstream Morgan is quite a disappointment indeed. It looks beautiful, but for a car which costs a hefty £45,000, it has bad suspension and poor handling, even if it does do 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. For a British company we expect (and want) to see better results. Morgan has impressed in the past with their BMW engined Aero, but we want to see them do it again.

2. Toyota Prius+

Ah the Prius +. This is more of an electrical appliance than a car, and anode-like + suffix doesn’t do much to diminish this. It’s a Prius, just a little bit bigger. It’s not meant to be a sports car but why does it have to be so characterless and mundane? This is in contrast to Toyota’s GT86 which received some very good reviews indeed.

1. Mini Paceman

Finally, the Mini Paceman. I have thought for a while now that the Mini franchise has been over-milked somewhat, and this epitomizes the problem. Mini’s are now no-longer mini at all. The countryman was bad enough and now we have the slightly smaller Paceman. It’s okay to drive, but the Mini aesthetics have really been butchered.

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