WTF Car? Awards: Fiat Qubo

Posted by The Insider at 11:40 am on Friday January 23, 2009

Winner of the Victorian Hat Fetish Award…

Fiat re-invents the box by making it massively less useful to actual human beings who aren’t looking for a conversion that includes a hydraulic ramp.

Highly derided are its ‘storage solutions’ that include pockets that only fit two slim CD cases (useful for those with very limited CD collections) and cubbies on the dash cunningly designed to launch your mobile phone through the passenger side window during cornering.

Let us also not forget the massive headroom so helpful for those with Victorian hat fetishes and the engines that struggle to pull the skin from a dead leper (or fresh custard, for that matter).

Or indeed the extended front end that ‘protects the radiator’ from frontal collisions, cleverly making it so big that it guarantees that you hit something because you can’t see the bloody end of it.

Even the rear window line consists of, um, black stickers (I kid you not). Fiat has cunningly managed, in one masterstroke, to convince us all that they think we’re totally stupid, and because the 500 was really quite well received that they can fob us all off with any old rubbish.

A worthy winner in our pantheon of WTF?!

Agree with this? Wade in below. We’ll add up the total number of comments on each of the WTF Car? Award posts to work out the overall winner, so type carefully.

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  1. geshem411 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    lets not forget they are merging their efforts with those of the likes of Chrysler….YIKES

  2. RWF said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    They wanted to call it the “Cube.” But Nissan already has a car called the Cube. So they went Latin with it and got “Cubo.”

  3. Svrallo Svrallone said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I like it. ok maybe is useless, but it’s damn cool, probably the coolest van ever made. Like working whith a supermodel, can’t do nothing but looks great.
    And for the name, they’re not went latin, they just go italian, mainly because they’re italian.

  4. Samantha said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    That’s almost as bad as the Fiat Multipla. It’s just a box with a nose and some wheels (and some bright paint).

  5. Crinkle said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like the designer was drawing out the contours of the car from the back, before deciding he had to tie his shoelace when he reached the hood.

  6. ratpack said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm Link to comment Report comment

    ‘cubo’ in spanish is bucket, that just about sums it up….

  7. Ciaran said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I wouldn’t mind buying one of these…… to smash it to pieces with a sledgehammer. It would be worth it.

  8. Mikeado said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The name alone, “Qubo”, is rubbish, so bad that it’s even being mis-spelled here as Cubo (Although as cubo is actually as Spanish word, maybe it is Fiat that mis-spelled it…).

    And to think Fiat are merging with Chrysler! That would either end up with the cool design of the 500 mixed with the brutish charm of a Viper or Challenger, or the dismal horror and dullness of the Sebring mixed with this (also) cheaply-made, powerless, rediculously designed pile of cack.

    Look at that bumper! It’s more inflated than Jordan’s tits, and as the ‘bucket’ is about as horrid the Doblo it replaces, I wouldn’t be surprised if it made minus horsepower!!

  9. Kaiser said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think I’ve found a car uglier than the multipla

  10. Eliza said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The car that i hate most in the world is the fiat multipla (I have nothing against Fiat) but this has to come a close second to my all time most hated car in the whole world. Its hideous, everything about it sucks, i just can’t believe someone would want to actually spend money on it!

  11. tejas said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    a top contender

  12. Fiat Abarth said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Fiat multipla was actually a very clever package. 3 seats in front and 3 seats in second row which meant it could seat six while also having luggage space and be the size of a fiat bravo. unlike anything at the time (1998). it was but ugly though, the qubo is slightly less ugly but still a bit iffy.

  13. Alan said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:32 am Link to comment Report comment

    Ehh… looks like something you’d see them crash other cars into at a plant to get crash safety ratings.

  14. Robert said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:59 am Link to comment Report comment

    “And look at that bumper honey! Now we can drive around all day ramming into things and we won’t have to pay for repairs like we did with the old car!”

  15. sam said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s not that bad. *hides away from the hundreds of rocks*

  16. Pat said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s not that bad – because you have to think it’s not really a car, but a van with some seats. A very small van, and cheap one. By the way, it’s not the replacement for the Doblo (which is much bigger, actually).

  17. jiggyb2 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Is Tat, honest!
    hate the back window-its way too small
    Weird front like a huge pug 107
    Oh yes, and how do you pronounce Qubo??
    I say-GET A DOBLO (OR SIMILAR) IS BETTER LOOKING AND BIGGER!

  18. multi owner said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    just had a test drive and think it’s a clever bit of packaging and as it’s based on the punto platform drives fairly tidy.60mpg and £35 road tax. Ok so its not pretty!but it is practical

  19. Tony said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 9:03 am Link to comment Report comment

    It reallllly should be both, multi owner.

  20. TG Fan said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 11:22 am Link to comment Report comment

    Very Ugly specialy the front that car is pointless to.

  21. Harmageddon said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 4:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The Multipla was the most ugly car in the world. And this is also a very very very ugly car!

  22. Emma said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Fiat have actually managed to get a van and a car to mate and produce…erm an ugly offspring.
    I can’t even begin to describe it!

  23. jammie said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm Link to comment Report comment

    How on earth could anyone dream up a car as ugly as this and then expect people to buy it?
    WTF? indeed!

  24. Skye said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Why?!?!

    That’s all that comes into my head when I see this!

  25. Topsy said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I hated the Multipla for its looks, but I had to admire its practicality. This I hate for its looks and its obvious lack of practicality. You’d be hitting every bollard in every single car park, from either end. You’d end up spending more getting prangs fixed than on the actual car. Ye Gods protect me from car companies who don’t think of the simple things.

  26. Lloydy said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:38 pm Link to comment Report comment

    LoL should have called it the fiat bogey or the puker. and its about time we stopped trying to get into the american market as they dont have a clue about what they want to buy in a car, they are so stupid about buying cars, wouldnt know a good car if it went up to them and said ‘i can turn left AND RIGHT! ‘ ;)

  27. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this is a cool car !! I´m gonna get one for shoving pensionists off the road, it´s perfect !! luv it :D

  28. Rayz said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Fiat’s board of executives gave Ferrari all the fancy designers!!
    They then gave Alan Titchmarsh a ruler and the Fiat division!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Scrozuk said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 10:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Oh my God!! I thought this was the Skoda Roomster and that was awful.

    Don’t tell me Fiat copied Skoda on this..

    Truly hideous looking thing. Would rather drive a pink pickup truck..

  30. Paul said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 9:53 am Link to comment Report comment

    Remember the Fiat Multipla? Exactly. It’s very rare to find Multipla weirdness in any Italian car these days, so give credit where credit is due, and take it off the list!

  31. american idol said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    hear hear :D

  32. portox said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    not a designer piece for sure ! lol i can see my granny on it .. damm it looks like it crashes into a wall backwards and then a piano crashed at the front… =S

  33. Ema said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I saw one of these on my way home today…the exact same colour. Let me tell you it’s more hideous in real life!

  34. chan625 said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hideous Hideous Hideous
    Italians werent in good health when they crafted this out
    I agree with ya portox

  35. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:26 am Link to comment Report comment

    what have they done THIS time? ….

  36. TRUTH said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 7:01 am Link to comment Report comment

    I BET THE CRASH TESTERS LOVED GETTING THERE HANDS ON A FEW OF THOSE

  37. Jim Bob said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 8:16 am Link to comment Report comment

    Wow. Amazingly ugly car. Some people thought that no one could come up with an uglier design than the Multipla. I think they have come close, but a shot of the front end could wrap it up. The puke green is a nice touch too as it allows the stomach contents of passer’s by to blend in after they are done losing their lunch on it.

  38. Twinkle said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:52 am Link to comment Report comment

    I don’t understand how this THING has so few votes, it is utterly GROTESQUE, and the snot green colour? Icing on the cake. Any British person would me insane to buy it; half of England’s roads are laquered with speed bumps, you’d have sanded the front buper down in a day. Colour aside, when looking closely the black detailing and door handles (what were they thinking? Lets emphasise it’s vileness??) and the side windows almost look like the face of someone about to void their stomach. How apt.

  39. Jade said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Im not going to say anything smart… I hate the look of this car. I dont care about anything else it does. I couldnt care less if it was the best drive ever .
    Simply put, this car is D.I.S.G.U.S.T.I.N.G bleurgh.

  40. Aimee said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    My next door neighbour’s got one in green. Waking up to see that on their drive every morning is torture! Sometimes they park it on the road outside my house. Trust me it’s not nice! I’ve thought of a lot of bad things to do to it!!!

  41. I said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Just why? Why?!

  42. top gear said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 12:14 am Link to comment Report comment

    its not designed to be functional or practical it is just designed to be different and that is cool.

  43. gunhaver said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 1:38 am Link to comment Report comment

    my vote

  44. Gavroche1973 said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:50 am Link to comment Report comment

    It’s strange and amazing how taste and fashion are different from one side to the other of the channel… I must admit that the the green flashy color is very ugly but, besides the color, and having seen and tested the car (in black), it’s a cool car and fits perfectly the needs of my familly as a second car for driving our three young childs to elementary school and then go to work … From Belgium. (By the way, my wife and i loved the original multipla ;-))))

  45. Joe E said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:01 am Link to comment Report comment

    Qubo. Sounds like a drug dealer.

    Not that I’d know.

  46. canuck said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    voted

  47. buzette said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Did they intentionally design this car for circus clowns? It looks like something you’d see in an anime cartoon. Please tell me they don’t sell this car in the U.S.A. so I won’t have to see any on the commute to work.

  48. Renee' said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    OMG!!! Something WORSE than the Honda element!! At least if you back into the side of a building, no one will ever be the wiser!

  49. California Stig said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I can rest easy. Now that Fiat is in bed with Chrysler, I hope to soon find this on the same sales floor as the Chrysler Sebring. Did Fiat “discover” Volvo’s blueprints for a new boxy wagon? Poorly executed, now execute it.

  50. Pip said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This has got to be the ugliest, most useless car of the entire year. What a piece of rubbish!

  51. What she said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s a car’s bonet stuck onto french doors stuck onto the rear end of a van! What were they thinking?

  52. Sage said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Really not their best offering – a serious contender for the Multipla… and that’s not a compliment!

  53. hangman said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    FIAT says it all…
    Flippin
    Italian
    Autmotive
    Trash

    this car is a perfect example of it!!

  54. Rizz said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    …I do believe, this should have also been awarded the minger award. The Rodius is bad yes, but this scars my eyes!

  55. AbCat said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s a bit like a very very small train, with slam shut doors, a driver’s cabin, and plenty of room for eight people to stand in. Better still, you can tow a small child or two along for several miles in the turbulence of its squashed rear-end. Yay!

  56. ozgirl said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Appropriate that it’s green, because i have a cold and what i just blew out my nose was better-looking than this….

  57. Deano said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i think the deigner of this ugly whatever it is should be shot for creating something no-one in their right mind would buy this

  58. Markona said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:30 am Link to comment Report comment

    Got a friend whose missus thinks these are great. But then she has a Multipla. No further questions, M’lud.

  59. aaronjst said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 4:18 am Link to comment Report comment

    If given a choice to drive one of these…walk, hitchhike, take the bus, or take the tube instead. The Qubo is terribly designed and no one should ever be allowed to own one.

  60. Amprak said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:53 am Link to comment Report comment

    You’re right!!! This is one uglleeeee car. I wouldm’t want ot be caught dead in one of these :D

  61. Mark SocketHead said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 9:20 am Link to comment Report comment

    Let’s face it – this car is pig-ugly (from any angle). It’s a Fiat, so will probably suffer from tin foil body work, and corrosion issues the moment it leaves the dealer.
    Frankly, I can’t think of anything I’d rather not spend my money on. Next to this, even the Chevvy looks more appealing (gads! What am I saying – Chevvy more appealing?)

  62. SimonDavid said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The advert in TG magazine for this car even says that the car is a last resort and has no style: “Who needs a mini?” it says. Well everyone who drives this Quobowobblecrap

  63. verticalsky said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Reminds me of the nissan cube
    atleast that made more sense…

  64. 1234567891011121314 said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    WTF

  65. Runner said...
    Friday January 30, 2009 at 9:50 am Link to comment Report comment

    The only people that will be buying this is some 120 poor Fiat dealers who have all been forced to register one demo each in the same lovely colour. Distressed Qubo sales in 3 months i think

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