Have you ever heard the phrase, can’t leave well enough alone? That’s an aphorism that’s especially applicable to cars and trucks as oftentimes their makers take a good thing and screw it up. Most often that’s the case when the decision is made to take a hatchback and slap on a trunk, thus creating a sedan.
Now, sometimes the transformation from cavernous hatch to snooty sedan is successful, the birthing of the first generation Jetta from the Golf being a fine example of when such things go right. That may have been the case of having a great base from which to start, as the Giugiaro-designed Golf was particularly well-suited for such caboosification. Others, well they’ve not been so lucky, and often end up with new rear ends that are as unfortunate as a baboon’s bustle.
Sedans are generally considered fancier than hatchbacks, and that’s why it’s often so unfortunate that such a conversion ends up less aesthetically pleasing than the lower-echelon progenitor. Let’s start the week off by getting your opinion on when that conversion went most wrong. Which do you think were the worst hatch-based sedans in history?