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5 overrated cars and there better, lesser known rivals

5 overrated cars and their underrated equivalents

1. Lamborghini Countach

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Credit: topspeed.com

I'm going to get quite a bit of flack for including this, the Countach is arguable Lamborghini's most iconic car and one of the most iconic supercars of all time. But we can't ignore the fact that it wasn't very good to drive. The controls were set in cement so you needed to be a bodybuilder to use them pretty much making it one of the worst driving supercars ever. But before you get the wrong impression, this is still a decent car and a brilliant supercar, it looks spectacular in any specification and sounds even better, I just feel there are plenty of similar, more obscure cars that can mach or outshine it...

The underrated equivalent: De Tomaso Pantera

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Credit: reddit.com

Like for example this, my favourite car of all time, the De Tomaso Pantera. It's got everything the Lambo has, fantastic (and in my opinion better) looks ungodly noise and controls you need both hands to operate, a proper supercar, and one that isn't talked about much. This is reflected in the prices as it costs a tiny fraction of what the Lambo goes for. It also features a 6.0 litre Ford V8 so you get all the angry, loud, burbly goodness of a muscle car. I adore this car, it just oozes cool like no other car really can.

2. Toyota Corolla AE86

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Credit: Classiccarsforsale.co.uk

This car is a pretty good, it has many things going for it, a sweet little 4 pot, good handling and great chassis. But the thing is there are so many other cars with the same things and more and yet this gets X10 more attention than most of them, and prices reflect that, it's shocking some of the cars you can get for roughly the same price as these. Especially considering that if you boil it down, this is kinda just a slightly fast version of a generic economy car.

The underrated equivalent: Ford Sierra XR4I

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Credit: Classiccarauctions.co.uk

Like this for example, the Ford Sierra XR4I. Like the Corolla it's a front engine, rear wheel drive coupe from the 80s with fantastic handling, but it has a higher top speed, smaller 0-60, more power, more cylinders and all for a fraction of the price. It's amazing how much car you can get for so much less money with the AE86. Now sure, it isn't quite the Cosworth, but that isn't stopping it from being a brilliant car in it's own right. Also it has a very large biplane spoiler which is brilliant.

3. Mercedes G65 AMG

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Credit: autocar.co.uk

As I'm pretty sure you know, I loath this car. Realistically it's probably my least favourite car of all time ever. I could easily right a 10,000 word essay ranting on about how dreadful it is, but to put it simply, Mercedes took a car designed for farmers and the military and decided to turn it into a luxury car, this (obviously) didn't work. The next step was to shove a massive V12 in it and put it on some low profile tyres and pass it of as a performance car. What resulted was a painfully outdated car with all the luxury and performance of a little tikes cozy coupe, and the worst part? It was successful enough that they got away with making them until 2017.

The underrated equivalent: Audi SQ7

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Credit: topgear.com

This is a much, much, much better attempt at a performance luxury SUV. The Audi SQ7 might be the best take on the concept. It's fast, very fast, but it does it without sacrificing any comfort or luxury, and to be fair this car has a lot of comfort and luxury. But it does it in a way that's socially acceptable, it's not like the G-wagon, the G-wagon is gaudy, it shows of, this doesn't. The only downside is that for some reason it's diesel only, but still, that does give it as much torque as a LaFerrari.

4. Subaru Impreza WRX

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Credit: Autocar.co.uk

Another choice a lot of people wont like but I'll carry on anyway. Now I'm specifically talking about the 2014-2021 WRX. When it came out it was a fairly decent car but it soon stated to be completely outclassed by rivals in every aspect. It couldn't mach the sheer speed of the Golf R, the carisma of the focus RS or the dynamic capability of the Civic Type-R. By the end of it's production run it was horrendously outdated banking only on brand recognition to sell. It's a good car but all it's rivals managed to beat it in some way.

The underrated equivalent: Hyundai I30N

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Credit: Carmagazine.co.uk

This was Hyundai's first attempt at a proper hot hatch, they'd dabbled before with the idea (E.G the Veloster Turbo) but this was the first proper go, and they managed to build one of the best drivers cars of the decade. It wasn't as fast as those cars, but it was incredible to drive. This was down to a number of reasons, primarily the fact some of the people working for the N division had before worked at BMW's M division, and they know what makes a car good to drive. It's pretty much a hatchback version of the Veloster N, one of the most beloved hot hatches right now. I could easily go on gushing over this car but I think I better move on quickly.

5. Dodge Challenger SRT-8

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Credit: Caranddriver.com

We all know what a muscle car is meant to be like. Big, lazy, effortless power. But sometimes, it can get a bit too lazy. Personally, I hate the retro-modern trend. It's lazy, risky, unimaginative and rarely works. This looks like it works, it looks menacing and dangerous. Look at the bonnet bulge, you could die falling of it. Or that spliter, or the stripes. But this only makes the truth that, in fact, it was far slower and worse to drive than all it's rivals, worse. All the plastic vents and masculine stripes lead you on to a disappointing comeback. Still, at least they unlocked its full potential when the hellcat came along.

The underrated equivalent: Pontiac G8 GXP

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Credit: caranddriver.com

The G8 GXP was the right car at the wrong time. It was based of the VE Holden Commodore, one of Australia's most beloved cars, and featured 6.2 litre LS3 with over 400 BHP straight out of a Corvette. This car has something to show for it's aggressive looks, very attractive aggressive looks by the way. Also, unlike the Challenger you could go round a corner at over 9 MPH without a huge chance of writing the car off. In fact, it was actually great in the twisties, far better than many European rivals of the time. Unfortunately production started roughly the same time the economic crash oh 2009 killing any chances of this car being a success and also the Pontiac brand as a whole.

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  • I think the Challenger is better than the G8 partly because the Pontiac has a crappy interior and partly because likes it

      1 month ago
    • The Challenger has a crappier interior and a stupid design. If you want a car that looks old buy the original!

        1 month ago
    • The interior looks better than the Pontiac's and the exterior design is very cool

        1 month ago
  • The detomaso is definitely better than the early countaches.

      1 month ago
  • Its cheating to call a weeb car overrated. of course its overrated.

      1 month ago
  • the WRX equivalent should be the golf.

      1 month ago
  • for the g-class, i think for it to be underrated- the equivalent is the vw touareg

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