The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - END OF YEAR EDITION
With 2019 coming to a close, we look back on the goods, bads and uglies to come out of the last year of the decade. This has been such a big decade for the car world, with many cars such as the TESLA Model S, and the Koenigsegg Agera RS, changing history. This the list that sums up all the good, bad and ugly cars to have been produced this year. It is the pinnacle of the GBU series, and here it is.
In order to make the list, the car has to either be in production this year or be going into production in the next 6 months, and it must be a real car (no kit car producers will be here).
Ok maybe I'm going too far with this - I hope you enjoy.
On behalf of the car world and YOU, let us begin..
Let's start with the 3 Good cars of the year, chosen by myself.
#3 Good Car Of The Year: BMW M5
Image retrieved from: https://fastestlaps.com/models/bmw-m5-g30
The 2019 BMW M5 brought a wind of change for the M5's legacy. First introduced in 1984 as a luxury saloon, it has since evolved from that to become a supercar slayer. The 2019 M5 is more powerful than ever and is the fastest M5 yet. It has a 4.4L V8, which allows 0-100 to be achieved in a mere 2.8 seconds. If you open it up, it rockets to 163 mph, but if you want to have a bit more fun, you can turn the limiter off, and it will shoot to 190mph. It has around 600hp, once again making it one of the most powerful BMW's ever made. It is truly incredible, and indescribable unless experienced.
In my opinion, this is the best M5 ever.
2019 BMW M5
Good Car Of The Year #2 Toyota GR Supra
We could not have a list of good cars without this. The 2019 Supra saw the return of the mighty giant, which took over street races of the 1990s, and captured the imagination of tuners everywhere. The new Supra, although shrouded in controversy, is still a legend. With 355hp, it can go from 0-100 in just 4.1 seconds, and it will fly to 155mph. It may not be the fastest of the sports cars, but it sure puts a smile on peoples faces.
TOYOTA GR SUPRA
And #1 Good Car Of The Year Is...
THE PORSCHE TAYCAN
What can I say? I was lost for words when this was first announced, and when I first saw it, I knew this was going to be the best car of the year. It ticks all the boxes: Fast, Good Looking, Luxurious, and Environmentally friendly. It is estimated that it will do 0-100 kph in just 2.6 seconds, and it will reach a top speed of 162 mph. Although it will cost upwards of $120,000 AUD, its worth it.
Now onto the bads. Please note these are my opinions, not facts.
Bad Car Of The Year #3 Haval H6
Firstly, let me clear up. I have nothing against HAVAL, and I'm aware that they are increasingly popular in Asia, however, when you compare their cars to those of manufacturers they are competing against, their competition comes out on top. The H6 is a clear example of why.
According to Haval, this car is "A sporty mid sized SUV that combines a strong, rigid body shell with sleek curves that turns heads from all angles." I'm afraid Haval has once again attempted to buy out the market with a cheap luxury SUV, yet this is anything but luxurious. It has hard plastic all over it, and it has cheap electronics filling the interior. Everything feels and looks cheap. Sadly they have missed the point with this one. Although it doesn't actually look that bad, the HAVAL logo stains the body. If this car looked as it does, and had the interior and engine of a Toyota RAV4, it might actually be a decent car.
Screenshot from the HAVAL website: https://www.haval.com.au/haval-h6
Bad Car Of The Year #2: Nissan Leaf
I've already made an article on this, so visit it here.
And the #1 Bad Car of the year goes to...
The Mitsubishi Mirage
Yes, the Mirage takes the crown for 2019 as #1 Bad Car of the Year.
Where can I start? It has been for a long time my least favourite hatchback and remains that today, even after its facelift. Car Connection rated it one of the worst cars of the year - just 3.3/10. It's bland design and bone broth basic features say it all. The Mirage is not only a bad car, but one you need to avoid. Seriously. Please do.
Taken from the Mitsubishi Australia website
The Mirage does not live up to the standards of it's rivals the Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2, and even struggles to keep up with the Suzuki Swift and Celerio. Please Mitsubishi, the Mirage is a gold mine waiting to be explored - FIX IT!
NOW, BRACE YOURSELVES FOR THE UGLY...
Ugly Car Of The Year #3: Nissan Juke
This is Nissans attempt at a crossover that didn't go to plan. This car is known amongst car fans as a very ugly car. This is still the case. The twin headlights and the possibly play dough modelled body don't go well together. In fact, they don't go well with anything. Not only is it ugly, but it's expensive as well. If they removed the top set of headlights, and moved to bottom ones to the top, it would look a little bit better.
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Ugly Car Of The Year #2 Citroen Cactus
Yet another crossover makes it on the ugly list. The Cactus has never been a car I have liked, nor is it now. It's "trendy" design has not really ever appealed to me, and the peculiar bumps on the side, used to prevent minor damage, is both strange. With a pathetic 1.2L engine and just 108hp, this car is not going to be breaking any speed records. The double headlight design, similar to the Juke, simply doesn't work. And just like the Juke, if they removed on set, the other might look quite nice.
And The Crown For #1 Ugliest Car Of The Year Goes To...
The Toyota Prius
I hope you saw this coming. The new Toyota Prius is even more ugly than the old one. They took the design of the old one, renamed it the Prius V, and then gave the standard Prius a totally new design. I hate it, even more than the old design. The front looks so angry, and the back looks like person who is very confused. I think that Toyota, as big as they are, could've done better, even when they are trying to make a futuristic looking car. Porsche has done it very well with the Taycan, and they are minuscule compared to Toyota.
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