From an ugly duck to a beautiful swan
I'd like to start with a side note; I don't think ducks are ugly, but it's just the saying...
Some cars were beautiful from the day they got introduced; the DB9 for instance. Some cars were ugly when introduced and are still ugly today, take the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Some cars used to be beautiful but the newer the generation, the uglier the car, the BMW 7 series for instance. But some cars used to be ugly and are now stunning. Who said car design is hitting a dept point these days?
The Prius, arguably the most hated car in the car community, is one of the cars from the last category. But why, the Prius actually is a good car, if you're looking for an economical, reliable and fairly cheap car without caring about cars, the Prius is perfect. Don't get me wrong, the first generations are hideous. However, the newest generation actually doesn't look bad, I'd almost say it looks good. And then, I suddenly noticed that solar-panelled roof in blue and have now declared it as good looking. Especially if you compare it to one of the older ones the immense improvement of its design is unmistakable.
I always hated the looks of the Espace, its face is just weird and so is the spoiler (?!) on the roof. It looks like... it looks like... I can't even think of a comparison with the first four generations of this car. It's literally a van that evolved in the exaclty wrong direction. But suddenly, in 2015, Renault discovered that humans have eyes to see with and decided to put these eyes in use, to create a pretty good looking Espace. They call it a crossover now, for some weird marketing reason... and they're asking seventy-three-thousand euros (£62k/$87k). Which is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on an MPV, guess that's why they call it a crossover now. Knowing this, does make the car look less good.
Literally 90% of all Kias
No-one knows what happened in the past few years, but somehow Kia seems to make very good looking cars without anyone (but Aaron) noticing. Take the Rio, from something you never want to be seen in, to a worthy Polo competitor. Or the Sportage, which has a fluctuating design language, the first one was... a bit ugly and small, the second generation wasn't that bad and big and off-road looking, but the 3rd generation is an absolutely terrible SUV. Especially if you compare it to the brand new Sportage, which is an absolute (controversial) looker. I could list endless cars on here, the Cee apostrophe d for instance, that turned into the cee withoutapostrophe d nowadays.
John will be thrilled, I'm going to talk shit about an Opel. Which isn't hard since you literally can't say anything positive about the design of the Mokka, it looks fat, heavy, ugly, stupid and very very fat. Did I mention it looks fat? It looks like nothing in the Opel lineup back in 2012, even the grille is different than the one on the Insignia, Astra, Zafira or Corsa... And then its name "Mokka", why name a car after somehting you can drink/eat. It does look like it ate too m uch mokka pie. Then they had a brainwave to name it the "Mokka X" while it still looked like it really needs to go to the gym. Then the new Mokka, now that's a looker, it looks like its been to the gym 24/7 for a year because it looks very smooth and fit. The only negative thing I can say about it is that stupid crome strip behind the rear window, making it look a bit like a hearse.