We’ve all owned a car that has turned to rubbish, or was poor from the moment you first pulled away. With millions spent on customer research car manufacturers rarely get it wrong these days, but that wasn’t always the case.
AutoExpress asked it’s readers to vote for the worst car ever to be sold in the UK. Here are the top 10!
10. Vauxhall Frontera
An early crossover SUV, the Vauxhall Frontera was ahead of its time in some ways, but horribly behind in others. With woeful on-road handling, and a range of thirsty and unreliable petrol and diesel engines, the car from the 90’s didn’t have many redeeming features at all.
9. FSO Polonez
Who remembers this european beauty? UK sales ended in the mid 1990s, and today the Polonez has all but disappeared – the DVLA currently has 10 registered examples on its books.
8. Reliant Robin
Don’t let Del Boy catch you putting this in the top 10! The Robin was launched during the Fuel Crisis of the mid-Seventies, so its combination of a low list price and running costs had appeal.
7. Morris Marina
Surprisingly, the Marina was a sales hit, although poor quality, the propensity to rust and the cannibalising of Marinas to keep other British Leyland models of the era going means that today there are only a handful of cars left on the road.
6. Rover CityRover
The end of MG Rover was comprehensively hastened by the launch of the CityRover, a small car with few redeeming qualities. MG Rover was so concerned with avoiding negative publicity that it refused to lend a car to the Top Gear TV show.
5. Alfa Romeo Arna
Alfa Romeo and Nissan joined forces to read this one. While the Italians took care of the engine and the electronics, the Japanese styled the car. This left customers with an dull, unreliable car.
4. SsangYong Rodius
In 2004, the Rodius arrived from Korea, and it was almost immediately met with derision. Styled by British car designer Ken Greenley, the Rodius was inspired by luxury yachts.
3. Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
A late 90’s shocker! It’s no surprise that the PT Cruiser Convertible was only on sale for two years and sold in modest numbers.
2. Austin Allegro
Nicknamed “All Aggro” there’s so much flex in the Allegro’s construction that if you jack it up in the wrong place, the back window will fall out and the doors will jam shut!
1. Reva G-Wiz
I know what you’re thinking…. Surely no one bought that car! Amazingly it was the biggest selling electrical car of 2009. Then every other car manufacturer made electrical cars that were instantly better, thankfully killing off the G-Wiz for good!
Thankfully the risk of buying a dodgy motor is reduced these days!