DriveTribe Creators' Biggest Disappointments of 2019
There have been many excellent cars, but there must also be some cars that aren't excellent
So, we have looked back at some of the best cars to come out during 2019 and we've seen some excellent new cars including the Porsche Taycan, Corvette C8 and the Bentley Flying Spur.
However, when there are good cars, there must be disappointing cars. Sure, if we were in 1989, there would be many to choose from, but with modern cars, you can't really buy a bad car any more. However, there are plenty of disappointing cars and we have managed to find eight of them.
Jaguar XE Facelift
By all means, the Jaguar XE is a fine car but, the facelift doesn't really add anything to further appeal the car. What did the facelift actually do? Well, the XE now has some new lights and a new screen on the dashboard and that's about it. If anything, the facelift hasn't improved the looks of the car, and there was hardly anything of note in terms of how the car drives. This was a low effort from cash-strapped Jaguar, therefore it means it's one of our disappointments. However, they'll be super cheap in a few years. The XE makes more sense as a second hand purchase.
It's rare to have a Bugatti on a list of negativity but here we are, with the Centodieci being one of the biggest disappointments of 2019. The Centodieci was supposed to be an anniversary present from Bugatti, to Bugatti to celebrate the company existing for 110 years. They chose the EB110 as the inspiration and the styling and overall vibe doesn't quite translate to it's Chiron's origins. Yeah, who ever bought this one-off car probably doesn't care but as the public and automotive press, we care that it looks frankly, awful. What Bugatti should have done was to just modernise the EB110 and call it a day.
Peugeot 2008 (second-gen)
In the world of small, dreary crossovers, the Peugeot 2008 exists. That's it, it just exists. Even with the newest generation of the 2008, Peugeot could have done something typically French with this car, but no, they played it safe and just made it a slightly taller version of the newest 208, which is an excellent small car. However, the 2008 is just bland and blends in. If you want an interesting small crossover, buy the DS 3 Crossback.
Land Rover Defender
Image: Land Rover
Oh Land Rover, how you have fallen...you've softened the Defender into something nobody asked for. The old Defender lasted for nearly 60 years with little to no change from the original Series 1 which came out in 1948. The new one is overstyled, too expensive and arguably, is underpowered. Yes, there is a 400bhp hybrid but who needs that much power in a Defender? Sure, I just contradicted my opinion here but, the Defender should just be a simple, tough car. This means a strong diesel engine, a chassis that can take almost any body style you want and shouldn't cost too much. I want to like the new Defender but there's something which makes the Jeep Wrangler seem like the better car for a change.
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
Right, BMW have ruined their entire lineup this with awful styling and re-routing some RWD cars into a FWD format. The main culprits here are the new 1-Series and 2-Series models...specifically the 2-Series Gran Coupe. Good god, this car is hideous. The awful styling could be due to the FWD platform the 2-Series Gran Coupe sits upon but also, it serves little to no purpose in BMW's current line up. It's only a little smaller than the far superior 3-Series, yet somehow less exciting than a car designed to be sold in a basic diesel guise to fleet buyers.
As a sportscar, there is nothing wrong with the Supra. However as a Supra, it's a massive disappointment. First of all, this is the first time a Supra has shared a lot of it's basic mechanical design with another car which doesn't come from the umbrella of Toyota. Second of all, it doesn't remind us of what the Supra really should be; a big, comfortable tourer with a decent engine, a t-top roof and a massive wing at the back. On the inside, it feels like a BMW as that's what it is, a BMW interior but with a few things moved about. Like the Defender, the Supra should have been redesigned from the ground up, or at least build it on the Lexus RC chassis.
BMW Concept 4
The BMW Concept 4 is basically a lightly disguised version of what the next 4-Series is going to look like which is fine, but it has one slight problem; the massive grille. BMW is currently going through a weird styling phase of putting a massive kidney grille on all of their cars. We first saw it on the X7 and now it's starting to find itself on the entire range. We were hoping that the 4-Series would share front ends with the 3-Series but, we were wrong. Shame really, as we've always liked the 4-Series.
Mercedes X-Class and it's numerous recalls
Yes, the X-Class has been on sale since 2017 but in the past 12 months, the X-Class has experienced numerous recalls and slow sales. Recalls aren't good for any car but the X-Class has suffered from multiple that would keep buyers away, with one being as drastic as a dodgy fitment of a footwell light which could fall off and lodge itself behind the brake pedal. This is not good, considering that the X-Class costs at least £35,000 in basic trim. Yikes. Secondly, the posh pickup hasn't been a big seller, with not even 20,000 units being sold globally since the launch in 2017. Thankfully, none have been reported to snap in half like the Nissan Navara that it is based on.