They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, at The Insurance Emporium, we don’t behold much beauty in these cars! Yet, some people could see some style points that we’ve missed. Plus, they are all practical vehicles! Check out our infographic above for five cars that, although useful, we think are unfashionable.

Pontiac Aztek

This American crossover SUV, which was released in 2001, was designed to appeal to the Generation X market…but this didn’t quite work! The Pontiac Aztek’s exterior aesthetics were widely blamed for the car’s commercial failure. However, the car later saw a resurgence in popularity after it appeared in the TV series Breaking Bad, driven by main protagonist Walter White. Those who do own an Aztek might attest to how handy some of its features are – such as its 94 litres of cargo space once rear seats are removed, plus there’s the option for a tent attachment that makes the car comfortable to camp in.

SsangYong Rodius

This car was supposedly styled to capture the essence of a luxury yacht. Unfortunately, its exterior proved to be particularly unpopular and led to journalists nicknaming it the ‘Odious Rodius’. However, appearances aside, the Rodius can be very useful. It’s a practical family car, with its 7, 9 and 11-seat configurations. Its seats can be folded to act as tables or to create more storage space. They can also turn to face sideways, forwards and backwards, which allows for easier conversation between passengers.

Nissan Juke

You may have seen this compact crossover SUV on the roads a lot and its looks, for better or worse, are certainly striking. We might not be fond of the Nissan Juke’s style, yet there are others who love it. We admit, it’s a lot more fashionable than some of the other vehicles on this list! Since its release in 2010, the car has boosted the popularity of compact crossover SUVs and has proved to be particularly favoured by young buyers.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

If you don’t like the style of 1930s American cars then you probably won’t be a fan of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which draws heavily on this era. Even so, some people really like the vintage look of the PT Cruiser.  Between 2002 and 2007, The Maihama Resort Cab Company used the car as a taxi around Tokyo Disneyland because they felt it had a classic and fun aesthetic. This compact MPV was intended to be a family car and it comes as either a hatchback or a convertible.

Fiat Multipla

No ugly car list is complete without the boxy, bulging 1999-2004 version of the Fiat Multipla! To this day, the car regularly features on lists of ugly cars. However, while it might not be everyone’s cup of tea on the outside, it does have a practical interior with two rows of three seats that can be reconfigured to suit the driver and passengers. It also has a generous 430 litres of cargo space, which can be increased to 1,900 litres if you take out the rear seats. In 2004, the car had a redesign to make it look a little less garish.

Whether you think these cars are pretty or pretty ugly, we hope you’ll forgive us for this list. It’s all subjective after all! Even if you have one of the cars on this list, we could still insure it at The Insurance Emporium*! We offer three types of car insurance and up to 70% no claims discount. So, if you’re looking for new insurance for your motor, why not park up at The Insurance Emporium today?


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