Worst cars of the decade
After the best must come the worst, well that's the thinking here at Autoblog. So which were the worst cars from the Noughties?
Well, I believe there's no such thing as a bad car today so instead we've focussed here on the biggest failures of the past decade. If you disagree make sure you let us know.
1.Chrysler's Crossfire (2004 – 2008)
These roadster and convertible models had all the right ingredients to be a success when they arrived on British shores back in 2004. Built in Germany by coachbuilders Karmann, underneath its distinctively-styled body, the Crossfire owed much of its internals to the first-generation Mercedes SLK. Sadly, the uncomfortable ride and woolly handling meant that the Crossfire was never as interesting to drive as it looked. Build quality wasn't up to Mercedes standards either.
2. Fiat Croma (2005-2007)
The Croma name was resurrected in 2005 for Fiat's idea of an executive estate. Highlights included the Giugiaro styling and powerful diesel engines. In reality, the Croma was as dull to drive as it was to look at, with many seeing service as private cabs rather than finding homes as private cars. This was probably the reason why Fiat pulled the plug just two years later in 2007. However, the Croma has been face-lifted and continues in production for other markets.
3. Jaguar X-Type (2001-2009)
In 2001 Jaguar went BMW 3-Series chasing with the X-Type. It certainly had the right ingredients including all-wheel drive on 2.5 and 3.0-litre versions, but it never achieved Jaguar's goal of 100,000 sales worldwide. Instead, even in its best year it only achieved half of this. The reason it flopped was that buyers weren't convinced by the retro styling and much cheaper Ford Mondeo underpinnings. Still, the X-Type remains a very cheap way into Jaguar ownership.
4. Nissan Primera (2002-2006)
The last Mondeo class car that Nissan sold was the third-generation Primera. Styled by Nissan's European Design Director at the time, Stephane Schwarz, the Primera MK3 was far more futuristic than rivals and previous versions. Sadly, this was where the problem lay, as despite its excellent chassis and choice of petrol and diesel engines, buyers stayed away because of the radical styling. Nissan UK stopped sales in 2006.
5. Peugeot 1007 (2005-2008)
The idea of fitting electric sliding doors to a commuter car is a good one, after all the Peugeot 1007 offered excellent interior access in tight parking spaces. Where it fell apart was in the execution, as the 1007's door motors were at best slow, making getting in and out more of a chore than it should be and if it was raining, you'd get wet too. Tthere were also the high prices to contend with. what it really needed was a little refinement but sadly that wasn't forthcoming. Shame then, that Peugeot decided enough was enough and imports stopped in 2008.
6. SEAT Toledo (2005-2009)
SEAT challenged UK car buyers with its new idea of a family car in 2005. Far less conventional than the previous generation car, it was basically a hatchback version of the Altea MPV. British buyers couldn't get on with the Toledo's quirky looks, or the fact that it was less practical than the smaller MPV, on which it was based. Imports stopped in 2009.
7. Smart forfour (2004-2006)
The forfour was part of Smart's grand plan to make a range of cars. The four-seater supermini might have shared styling cues with the fortwo city car, but underneath it was based on the 2003 Mitsubishi Colt. The Smart was never a big seller because it was more expensive than the Colt, yet the Mitsubishi drove better and Smart dropped it due to financial difficulties after only two years on sale. Values have stayed strong however, because of how rare the forfour is on the second-hand market.
8. Subaru Tribeca (2006-2008)
You'd expect an SUV from Subaru to be a major sales success; after all it has had four-wheel drive hits in the UK with the Impreza and Forester. Where the Tribeca came undone was in its looks and that ungainly nose meant that no one was ever going to call it pretty. Secondly, in a highly competitive market segment it was far too average to drive to make its mark.
9.Renault Vel Satis (2002-2005)
With the Vel Satis, Renault had dreams of taking on established executive rivals. Sadly, the French company was off to a loser from the off thanks to the Vel Satis's ugly looks and driving dynamics that were way off the pace. The most distinctive but unattractive design features include the large front headlight units and bloated rear styling. Not very good as a luxury car either, the ride is too hard in town and there's too much body roll in corners. Still build quality was good and the mix of leather and wood inside was attractive.
10. Vauxhall Signum (2003-2008)
Vauxhall's most recent executive offering followed on from the legendary Senator, but was really little more than a stretched four-seat Vectra with a hatchback rear end. Interesting interior features include an optional 'travel assistant', which included a small chiller cabinet and DVD holder that was fitted in the middle of the rear seats. Too similar to a standard Vectra, it wasn't prestigious enough to make it attractive to executive buyers. New and used values struggled and the Signum was canned in 2008.