Don’t get me wrong with this list. They are not cars I would always buy personally, however some of these cars are actually quite clever.

Fiat Multipla

Ahh the Fiat Multipla. Possibly one of the weirdest, strangest and to some, ugliest cars ever created. The Multipla has a strange, shelf like bulge under the windscreen that houses the lights and fiat badge. Strange yes, but does the Multipla actually deserve the hate it gets? Perhaps not. First launched in 1998, the fiat quickly divided opinion amongst the public. Its brava based underpinnings were nothing new, however the Multipla did actually have some interesting features to offer. Its 3+3 seating configuration makes for a highly efficient and comfortable six seater, whereas rivals were all 5 seaters.

As well as this, the entire back bench was removable, allowing for a huge rear loading bay. People have used this space for motorcycles, fridges, dishwashers, mountain bikes and many other items that simply would not fit in a comparably sized vehicle. Its dashboard, although very strange looking, is well suited to the sort of driving you will be doing, with a dash mounted gear leaver (like a Honda civic type r). The Multipla is strange, weird and rather undesirable yet, despite this, the designers actually put a lot of thought into the car and as an alternative to buying a proper van, it makes perfect sense.

Toyota Prius

The first gen Prius was boring, ugly, slow and not particularly economical. The second-generation Prius is different. Toyota deserve credit for actually trying something new for once, rather than just following the market with another boring, small engined car. The Prius features technology that’s only just starting to appear on other brands vehicles, showing that it was ahead of its time. 0 – 60mph happens in less than 11 seconds, which isn’t that slow and peak power is rated at a small but usable 113bhp.

Interestingly, Toyota invented an electronic ‘brake by wire’ system for the Prius as well as electronic gearbox system, both of which are starting to become more common. To keep you cool, they also innovated with the A/C system, instead of drawing power from the fan belt it gets it from an electric motor powered by the battery meaning that you get cool air even when the engine isn’t running. Thats not all! The Prius was also one of the first cars to use regenerative braking, a feature that is only now beginning to be adopted in the mainstream. It certainly isn’t a car for enthusiasts, but credit to Toyota for thinking outside of the box and developing some real world new technologies.

Honda Civic

Look passed the riceboxes, the fart cans and the vtec memes and you will see a vehicle that is actually one of the best cars for young enthusiasts. Hondas may have been taken over by ricers, but the actual car doesn’t deserve the hate. With small but punchy engines, light bodies and great handling, even a standard civic can be a good car to drive. Especially in the 1990s, Honda were ruthless in the way that they engineered the civic, ensuring that it was better than anything else on the market. This car is a perfect example of “don’t hate the car, hate the ricers”.

Scion XB

In the late 2000s, the US market experienced a strange trend coming from the east: a set of box-shaped cars from Asian manufacturers that had people scratching their heads. These included the Scion XB, the Nissan Cube, and the Honda Element. Probably more suited to the Japanese market, these boxes on wheels are easy to turn your nose up at. The thing is, the Scion XB is actually quite an interesting car. The XB uses space way more efficiently than your typical sedan, so it gives you the cargo space and headroom of a car double its size. Its compact car underpinnings mean that it doesn’t cost a great deal either. You end up with a car with a normal sized footprint on the road, yet has all the cargo space most people could ever want. These cars have developed a cult following in some areas, due to being rather quirky.

Tesla Model S/X

Believe it or not, Tesla still attracts a lot of people who dislike the car. Many people dislike the car because it lacks an engine sound and a manual transmission. Range anxiety is a key criticism people often bring up, yet the average consumers mostly do very few miles each day, well below the battery limits.

Even the base Tesla model S does 0 – 60 in less than 6 seconds, faster than a lot of its gasoline powered rivals. You can’t argue with the performance that the electric drivetrain brings. The lack of engine sound is a factor that may limit its excitement for car lovers, but anyone who dismisses electric vehicles as a fad is going to be in for a shock in the next 20 years. This new technology is going to be very important and I personally can foresee some very interesting and fun electric vehicles that even car enthusiasts will enjoy. Electrification doesn’t have to mean saying bye to enthusiast vehicles. All we need now is a few flagship supercars to become electric and then that technology will start to trickle down into average consumer vehicles.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Just kidding. This car actually deserves the hate. It’s rubbish. Its not particularly clever, its retro styling doesn’t really work and it’s poorly made. That said, if you want a sleeper, the cruiser is available with a 230bhp engine, which could surprise a few people!

So there you are. My top 6 cars that don’t deserve the hate, they receive. Do you think I’m right or not? Let me know in the comments.