1) Mercedes GLA45 AMG
We’re cross with Merc about this ill-thought-out lash-up that looks and drives like it was signed off by the kid on work experience. It lets AMG – and the GLA – down.
2) Nissan Pulsar
This from Steve Moody: ‘I thought Nissan’s genre-busting crossovers and bonkers Nismos had consigned motoring nonentities to history. But I hadn’t driven the Pulsar’.
3) Honda Civic Tourer
It’s not the car itself we take issue with, but the stupid rear-axle-only adjustable suspension, an idea clearly thought up by a fusty penny pinching committee. Very odd to drive.
4) Infiniti Q50
Nice car ruined by proper scary drive-by-wire steering system. You make an input, the computer decides if it likes it, then tells the wheels to do something else. Shocking.
5) Toyota Prius by Newport Convertibles
LA’s cabrio king Al Zadeh misses the point in spectacular style, turning laudable into laughable. ‘Worst car I’ve ever driven’ – B Pulman.
6) Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 triplets
He’s probably writing something like: ‘With all these resources how come you made a giant step backwards?’ Dull, off-the-pace, visionless city car clones left us ice cold.
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