Hooniverse Asks: What Current Car Has The Ugliest Interior?

Considering how much time you spend it it, it’s somewhat surprising how ugly a lot of new car interiors seem to be. Maybe it’s discordant textures, poorly designed controls, or just a general feeling that the designers were trying to pull something over on somebody, but some cars simply look funky inside.
Thinking about the slate of cars that have just recently been introduced or refreshed, is there one that stands out as needing the description of “having a nice personality” to get past its interior shortcomings? What do you think is the car with the ugliest interior?
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47 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What Current Car Has The Ugliest Interior?”

  1. Alcology Avatar

    My fiesta has black below the windows and then beige above it. Bugs the crap outta me. Other than that, not too ugly. But mixed interior trim is a heinous crime.

    1. ptschett Avatar

      Deliberately mixed can be neat… for example, my ’73 Cougar (blue car with a white vinyl ‘canopy’ roof) had blue on the dashboard, center console, and carpet with white headliner, inner door panels, pillar covers, and seats.

      1. Alcology Avatar

        That’s pretty cool! I’m just not a tan fan, I guess, with trim.

    2. Douche_McGee Avatar

      I had a ’09 WRX that was similar. I think my ’15 FiST has a black headliner tho

      1. Alcology Avatar

        The ST versions are the ones with a solid interior. There was a wrecked FiST near me for $2500 but I just didn’t have the space. Would have been interesting.

  2. Citric Avatar

    Absolutely anything with the “off brand iPad glued haphazardly to the dash” effect. Mercedes Benz is the worst offender for this. This is my currently my biggest design pet peeve.

    1. JayP Avatar

      At least the A3’s display goes away.

    2. JohnComposMentis Avatar

      Agree. While we’re on the subject of Mercedes, I’ve also never liked that row of round air vents — reminds me of certain cheesy old dealer-installed under-dash air conditioners.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        Especially the current S-Class, which has four(!) vents in the center:

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Presumably one of the best cars in the world…and the dashboard looks like a “how do we fill this space?”-decision done in a few minutes. That row of buttons below the vents doesn’t make it better either.

        2. Kiefmo Avatar

          That dash is one huge continuous display. Neato-frito, huh? Well, at least as long as it works. But Mercedes doesn’t build cars for life anymore, so who cares about the second or third (or fourth, fifth) owner of a car?

          1. Citric Avatar

            I miss when a luxury car had gauges like a fancy watch, rather than a boring LCD display. It’s way less luxurious to just have a screen there.

          2. Kiefmo Avatar

            Exactly. When I can buy a 10″ off-brand 1080p tablet on Amazon for ~$100, it becomes clear that an LCD panel is the cheap option.

        3. JohnComposMentis Avatar

          Yup. That’s a better example of what I’m talking about.

      2. wunno sev Avatar
  3. GTXcellent Avatar

    I do not care for the Accord’s dash – there is no flow. It looks like Lego pieces stacked together.
    My other interior gripe is the continued lack of color. I abhor gray as an interior color – I’d rather have late ’80s GM Bordello Red than mousy gray. Yuck.

    1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
      Dean Bigglesworth

      Anything other than black or grey is good. Except beige. But brown is good. The new Continental has an available blue interior which looks quite good.

  4. Mister Sterling Avatar
    Mister Sterling

    I rent a lot of crossovers in my western road trips. I’ve been disappointed with the Kia Sorento and Infiniti QX60. But the Buick Enclave interior is so ugly, I switched to an QX60 as soon as it was offered to me. The glossy surfaces. The arched center console. That analog clock. It’s a depressing place to be.

    1. MrBig Avatar

      If you don’t like analog clocks perhaps you should not be commenting on an automotive forum. Suck it.

      1. ptschett Avatar

        Wait’ll you hear what I think about manual transmissions.

    2. gerberbaby Avatar

      Those seat bottoms look like sectioned pieces of plywood they are so flat. Hows the comfort compare?

      1. Mister Sterling Avatar
        Mister Sterling

        I have a good memory of seat comfort. The Infiniti didn’t cradle me as well as a Volvo, but it was pretty good. The Kia Sorento was not good. The Toyota RAV4 was worse. Ford Escape was very good. Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Discovery Sport were top notch and shared some DNA.

  5. Mister Sterling Avatar
    Mister Sterling

    Oh I got another one. The current 4Runner. Such a great truck. Such a great exterior. Still made in Japan. But that Playskool plastic interior. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/654bb99e64b488205963640ab3d59f8a9a150efa534e2a1d326fc1806c602917.jpg

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      Well, it’s true. Pictured is the “nicer” Limited model. My car is even worse. Whatever, you get used to it.

      1. Mister Sterling Avatar
        Mister Sterling

        And it is easy to clean. You’re not going to ruin anything special with a damp cloth after a muddy day.

        1. Kamil K Avatar

          Or kids’ pudding.

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    There’s so much to like about the Ford Focus, but since they started offering it, they went for 90’s boomblaster aesthetics for the dashboard. It sure looks a bit more civilised for 2017, but it still is one ugly mess I wouldn’t want to see every day.

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Wow. That dash has everything! from a more than complete set of gauges to digital readouts everywhere, a complete complement of knobs and buttons, and what looks like an anatomically correct representation of a male figure.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        And a happy looking steering wheel.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          …with a huge pimple on one side.

    2. JayP Avatar

      The vertical vents always bothered me.
      Not the reason I sold the car though.

  7. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Mini keeps designing new interiors, but they just can’t shake their bad case of The Uglies. Getting away from the circular air vents should have helped. It doesn’t.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Test drove a newish Mini a few months ago, had to figure out how to shut off the rainbow disco lights around the radio. “I’m a 44 year old man, I like the Mini, but don’t need that crap!”

    2. Professor Lavahot Avatar
      Professor Lavahot

      Yeah these vents somehow look worse.
      At it’s size and price level I expect the MINI to be a little cheeky and juvenile, this doesn’t look like the interior of a lightweight runabout. Maybe I have too much seat time in the first-gen MINI with it’s cartoony plasticky interior.

  8. Jofes2 Avatar

    Subaru has improved a bit, but they’re still stuck with the tacky plastic style from ten years ago. It doesn’t look cozy at all.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      That makes my Kizashi look downright luxurious!

  9. P161911 Avatar

    Acres of hard plastic, check. Easy to peel “soft touch plastic” on the steering wheel, check. Looks like it might outlast me (minus the peeled off “soft touch”), check. 2011 Silverado Work Truck.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      I hope the current truck is trimmed better. That’s dismal.

      1. Maymar Avatar

        As a possibly Encyclopedia Hoonatica-worthy detail, the GMT900 came with two separate dashboards, depending on the trim (IOW, nicer Silverados got the Tahoe/Suburban dash).
        The current one is fine. There’s some cheap plastics in spots, but it works.

        1. gerberbaby Avatar

          It looks like they saw how much space they had to fill and after designing it, they expanded it 2x to use up the real estate, but took the glove box from the cruze parts bin.

    1. Professor Lavahot Avatar
      Professor Lavahot

      Yeah, you definitely get what you pay for.
      The absence of any noteworthy features does leave it surprisingly roomy, I’ll give it that.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Looks inviting to a power washer. Almost disappointed it doesn’t have rubber mats.

  10. Professor Lavahot Avatar
    Professor Lavahot

    I still want a Ford Transit Connect for it’s small footprint and cavernous interior, but sadly not for it’s engine, transmission, price, features, or its overwrought dash:
    Silly gauges, blue lighting, tiny info screen, numeric keypad, no place for a phone, vertical vents, black plastic, no knee room, etc.
    Why does a front-wheel-drive utility van even need this enormous empty shifter console?!? Put it back on the column already!!!

    1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
      Dean Bigglesworth

      Real reason: PARTSBIN FTW!
      What the brochure says: Marketing mumbojumbo about familiarity and a welcoming passenger-car like interior.

      View post on imgur.com

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      Reminds me of the Focus.

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