WTF Car? Awards: Ssangyong Rodius

Posted by The Insider at 11:41 am on Friday January 23, 2009

Winner  of the Minger of the Year Award…

The Rodius was hideous, crap to drive and terrifyingly flimsy when it was launched five years ago. But 2008, we were told, was the start of a bright new dawn for Ssangyong, with a complete relaunch of its model range.

Were we hopeful? Not really. But we drove them all anyhow.

Nothing had changed. The Rodius was every bit as hideous, crap to drive and terrifyingly flimsy as it was five years ago. But worse. Worse because, while most manufacturers have made at least a token effort to move their game on in the last half-decade, Ssangyong still presides happily over this ineffable mess of a people carrier, a van-thing so out-of-date and creaky that it was actually shunned by the Norfolk Horse and Cart Society for ‘being a bit old-school’.

Cars don’t have to look like the result of a hideous genetic experiment by a blind, fingerless, sadistic scientist, but the Rodius manages it. Still.

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.

See the other contenders in our WTF Car? Awards gallery

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  1. stef01 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The ugliest car of all times…

  2. Bob said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Big and cheap to buy, which is why people buy it. But it is the most hideous, horrifying design I have seen in a loooong time, together with a few of the other Ssangyongs. Whenever I see them I feel an urgent need to vomit while at the same time make me violent.

  3. Rod said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Oh dear….imagine the concepts that were rejected!

  4. Ben said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is the ugliest car ever designed. From any angle it looks like it was designed by some Chinese….oh wait…it was :)!

    This car has got to win the WTF Car Award!

  5. TomR said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    In face of some of the truly diabolical competition, the Rodius stands feet and ankles below EVERYTHING.
    It is possibly the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen (even worse than a Ford Edsel) and I agree with anyone posting – before or after me – when they say that they’re violently ill on their laps when they come to overtake one.
    One suggestion – can we bring together anyone who has ACTUALLY bought one of these and carry out scientific studies on them? Because I’m certain that the results would be both fascinating and scary…

  6. Stig's Irish Cousin said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is definitely the ugliest most wretched looking car ever! Whenever I see one I wonder why the person has bought it. I’m surprised children get in them without being physically sick.

  7. geshem411 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Worse… i know someone who actually drives it, who owns one, who can actually tell me with dry eyes how fantastically practical it is….
    I stopped visiting him…

    They eat dogs in Korea…nufff said

  8. Andre said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It really is a moose. What’s the point of doing a car like this anyway?

    This is my vote without a doubt.

  9. Redphyve said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Oh god! Now that i have voted, i’m off to bleach my eyeballs!

  10. Satsujinkyou said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is simply shamefull…
    How can anyone design something like this.
    I bet theyr meeting where inside a craper, and thats where they got theyr inspiration. I really hope they never do something like this ever again. But leave it to Ssangyong to break theyr own records.

  11. IanO said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    For all your friends who say “A car is just a way to get from A to B” give them one of these and they will quickly see why some of us care about style, engineering, quality, etc.

  12. JJ said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the car was that flimsey if you cornered too hard the rear door would open!!!

  13. Emīls Dālderis said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    SsangYong is the WTF manufacturer of the year, so it immediately defines this as THE WTF CAR

  14. O.C said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm Link to comment Report comment

    You wouldn’t even tell the new one from the old one, their designers are lazier than the one’s at Porsche.
    Any why would you buy it, you can spend you hard earned money on a car which does everything better.

  15. slayer said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this should definatly be the winner…stupid idotic car for baboons

  16. Climber boy said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm Link to comment Report comment

    What a hideous mass of awfulness. I thought the pictures were bad enough but the first time I saw one in the metal I just stared in appalled fascination. How could anyone build something like that, or more to the point buy it.

  17. noexpert said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Despite some strong opposition, this has to be the winner. It’s an insult that they even tried to sell this to the public.

  18. slayaz said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    and to top it all off, the ssangYong website doesn’t work on a Mac!

    Class!

    Still hate the X6 more though.

  19. Mark said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Always brightens up a long drive when you pass one….it makes you laugh every time! In a league of its own….

  20. MS said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’m an happy person because I’ve never seen one on the street here in portugal. The uggliest car of all

  21. Bob said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    And you should be happy! I don’t see how it can brighten up anything! Every time I see it on the motorway I start to uncontrollable weep and smack my head into the steering wheel…

  22. Svrallo Svrallone said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I feel sick. please remove the photo.

  23. Crinkle said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s like someone made a perfectly ordinary car, and someone else put it into a compactor by mistake. Ouch.

  24. the ridic fox said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    why would you;
    Design it?
    Build it?
    Sell it?
    Buy it?
    Drive it?

    I can’t believe it made it passed the first stage let alone all 5!

  25. KevR said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’d rather watch a wet t-shirt contest between John Prescott and Anne Widdecombe, than look at this foul and sadistic joke that Ssangyong have unleashed on the world.

  26. Anonymous said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    When I saw it at first I thought someone build it at home in his shed by welding different cars together.

  27. henryg said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    even the pontiac aztek looks good next to this thing!

  28. Brindle said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I can honestly say that i have not seen such a boring and ugly car in quite some time (in fact, since i saw the first picture of it it when it was first released).

    Who in their right mind would want to buy such an atrocity???

  29. DrZak said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Well this makes the cars from VW Family look very original and inventive

  30. GTgem said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is by far the worst car on the market, possibly ever. And the excuse that its ugly but cheap is not justifiable. Their are several cars out there that are cheap but by no means anywhere near as ugly as this vile beast.
    It should have no trouble wining this award.

  31. ben said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    its huge well equiped and bad to drive-why not buy the kia sedona then?or do what normal people do and buy a ford galaxy

  32. ratpack said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i first saw photos of this car during its development and thought it would never go into production. A year or so later i saw one on the road, i was amazed, not only had it made production, but someone had actually bought one.
    This is, with out doubt, the ugliest car ever produced! I am still amazed that its in production! This has to be the winner..

  33. Craigh.. said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I`m sorry, WTF is this ??!! A reject from Dr Moreau`s island ??!!

  34. jiggyb2 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    AAAAARGH! looks like a hat and very ugly!

  35. burj said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    wtf uuuuuuhhuu

  36. GASOLINA said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    They should destroy a large number of of these horrid machines on the TG TV show. It would be doing a great service to motoring humanity.

  37. Ciaran said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    And worse, ive seen them around my town. I’m off to staple my eyes to a mountain….

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

    The worst car ever. Extremely ugly and pointless. Why would you buy this rather that any other people carrier?

  39. JR said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Argggh, it burns my eyes, arggghhh

  40. Dutch Steven said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    If you think they’re stupid for trying to sell this thing, what about the people who actually buy one!?! You must track one down and ridicule them as publicly as possible…

  41. Horrible car said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Rarely am i moved to write on any of these forums but this car is UTTER GARBAGE

  42. DoctorAl said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm Link to comment Report comment

    You know, I think they’ve actually improved the front end from the first version. But it’s still a ghastly mess that puts tacky electrical gizmos over safety features. Dated in every way, and will cost owners dear. If you must have an MPV that cheap, buy something better used – it will still last longer, sell for more when you’re done, and you can keep your friends too!

  43. Simbo said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ssangyong must have repeatly hit this car with the ugly stick. There is surely no way that even the worst car designer in the world could make a car look so awful. Just look at the back end, it looks like they were going to go all BMW X6 on it, and then suddenly decided to stick an extra bit on top! This just has to be Top Gear WTF Car? 2009.

  44. TX said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this has to be the worst and ugliest car ever made! one got past my street there were people fainting on the pavement due to its ugliness!!!!(really!!)

  45. CJ said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is definately the ugliest car ever. Id much rather walk on a mile of hot coals than sit in the back of one of those nauseous things.At least Id keep my dignity. And I wouldnt be sick. If my parents owned one of these Id get bullied.

  46. Lloydy said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The only thing that i can think of that this is cooler than is a quantum physics PHD LoL, sorry to those with quantam physics PHD’s ;)

    I have this on my cool wall, its 4 metres away from seriously uncool, coz its in 3 pieces on the oven

  47. Lloydy said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    And what kind of name is ssssyangyong. can anyone say it properly??

  48. farsight said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    surprisingly this car is actually uglier in real life than in the picture

  49. MadM13 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s ugly, it’s very ugly. You can compare it’s ugliness with Actyon or maybe even with Peugeut 4007, wich aswell would fit perfectly in here. I’ve tried too find anything good on that car and I just failed.
    Maybe when they put a pencil on the paper for this car they’ve had a big window in front where they could see a big horse s**t

  50. DREIMALTA said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    A 3 year olds scribble!
    The Rodius is the definition of hideous!

  51. Mikeado said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    OK, I’m tired, so I can just make my eyes lazy and make this all blurry… good.

    Actually, if you look at the window line (using heavy-duty eye protection), towards the back, you can see they were going to make an X6-style coupe-ish version of something else, but then decided to make it all square instead so they could actually make a positive claim of some kind (practicality). So why didn’t they use an eraser on the window line and draw it in properly? Careless, glaring details like this set it apart from Japanese MPVs (not our ones, search for their home products) in terms of ugliness.

    Some wannabe motoring programme on Sky Pie actually proved that an average family prefers a Renault Espace to a Ssangyong Rodius after a twin test WHILE BLINDFOLDED!!

  52. iStig said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ssangyoug Rodius- noun, car wuth Medusa-like properties (if you look at it, you will die quicker than the Stig drives a Ferrari.) This car carries a serious warning to anyone with sight.

  53. Steve said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It makes small children cry.

  54. john said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this is simply the ugliest car i have ever seen. i would rather drive an fso polonez. this car should be taken off the market and sanasyong’s chief designer should be put in prison,:)

  55. american idol said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this “car” was designed specifically for the chinese and not the european market it is based on mercs E range technology and tryes to capitalise on that heritage alone, untill 2002 mercedes denied them the right to export these freaks to europe because of the merc features incorporated into the shape of the “design”. If there ever were paralympics for cars this one would definately grab all the gold. It is RETARDED, a mongoloid idiot,an xxyy chromosomed hermafrodite freak, ..kinda like the bearded lady and in some twisted way I think that is cool.. even the name SsangYong, means double dragon !!!!! total skizzo ! the ultimate WTF MOBIL !!!!

  56. Steve said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    omw, this car is just fugly. How on earth could any design team approve this?

  57. Kaiser said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’m wondering who thought to themselves “Yes, this is a good looking car and will sell shitloads”, well, whoever you are, you were wrong.

  58. A Skinny American said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hideous…simply hideous… whoever designed this should be fired, and then shot, and have their body given to a pack of wild dogs.

    But maybe the designer was blind. Maybe. Or maybe they designed the car for blind people. Or something.

  59. dogfish83 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Looks like it was hand stitched by a blind Albanian six year old.

    The ugliest car ever designed. Ever.

  60. tejas said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:39 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i think it was designed by the same lady who was helping jezza with his merc in an very old ep.

  61. jazz said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i’m not the first to say this but arrh stop it take it away it’s burning my eyes,scarring me for life etc
    it is just xtremly, catastrophicaly and undeniably REPULSIVE and UGLY. that is why i think it’s worthy winner.

  62. jazz said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    comment no.2: I am in the middle of a debate against the death penalty but i may be able to find a small loophole for the designer who created that monstrosity.

  63. JCforPM said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This has to be the WTF winner as the most ugly and the most nasty!

  64. Stig'sAmericanFriend said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 9:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    OH MY GOD! I understand that most american cars tend to be cheap and poorly built…. but at least there are none of these monsters on the road here in the colonies. Please Please Please God, do not let Ssongyang decide to sell cars in the States. I fear I may have to kill myself if I saw one of these cruising the Freeway.

  65. tdaniels said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm Link to comment Report comment

    As bad as all the other cars here are, this one just has to win. Even worse than the Sebring convertible, just for being that truly hideous.

  66. Dan S said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it looks like it belongs in the 1990’s and even if it were made then it would still be ugly

  67. southerner up north said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    hideous, how could they look at that at the design stage and think ” you know what, i think we’ve done it, lets go get a coffee”, how, just how.

  68. pete the pirate said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i think they designed this by looking a a DB9 and doing the exact opposite. if you look at it that way it’s a success. i can’t help but ask…….WHY??

  69. pw4 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Shows the Koreans are getting more skilled at car styling – they can now make a car even uglier than the BMW 1-series. :-)

  70. balderdash said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    If a three year old designed this we’d all be saying how good it is… which only goes to prove we patronise our children too much.

  71. pw4 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:03 am Link to comment Report comment

    Many have claimed this is the ugliest car ever. Sorry, no. The 1960s Zeta still claims that title.

    http://www.microcarmuseum .com/tour/zeta-runabout.h tml

  72. disgustedoftunbridge said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:06 am Link to comment Report comment

    I don’t believe this was designed – it’s really a pile of fossilised dinosaur poo that eroded over millions of years. Then someone dropped a Volvo estate on it. Unusual to find rear mudflaps fitted as standard.

  73. ramone said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:06 am Link to comment Report comment

    Its looks like the designer lost interest and just shoved the back end of another car onto it just to get it finished.

    Whole heartily deserves the WTF? award!!!!!!!!!!

  74. RWF said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:17 am Link to comment Report comment

    That looks like a camel’s sister with really bad gingivitis!!!

  75. Jules Saviola said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:11 am Link to comment Report comment

    It’s hundred thousand times uglier than a hearse and since it was motivated by the luxury yacht, may be we should take it to middle of the sea and drop it. To see if it floats like the boat.

  76. Robert said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:44 am Link to comment Report comment

    I am going to press charges against Ssangyong for putting a vomit stain in my carpet.

  77. Corsa said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:53 am Link to comment Report comment

    this is in a class of its own *blech

  78. Waris said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    Why didn’t they go the extra mile and name it the Hideus (or Hideous). I mean, why not?

  79. big_pete said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 4:35 am Link to comment Report comment

    One of the patrons at my regular pub actually owns one! I never could grasp why – mainly because I was busy with trying to keep my dinner to myself – but then I saw that guy’s wife and some things became clear… If this thing is a car, a pile of dog’s excrement could rightfully claim to be a tasty pizza.

  80. henry Witcomb Cahill said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 4:43 am Link to comment Report comment

    oh dear… that car looks like sadness.

  81. Arry the Hatchet said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 4:50 am Link to comment Report comment

    Honestly WTF is this car all about. The bloke who designed it must have been some kind of joker out for a laugh. You can just picture the meeting where they decided what design would be used – a load of blind people sitting round a table shouting yes at the funniest bloke to walk through the door. But honestly who the hell would buy a ssangyoooonangawang anyway.

  82. blynd said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:28 am Link to comment Report comment

    This thing is so ugly ill rather walk or use anykind of public transport available just not to be seen near or in one of these.

  83. pinoy viewer said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:37 am Link to comment Report comment

    i live here in the philippines, and i see a lot of them running in our streets. i just wonder what their owner were thinking that they bought it. i pity them

  84. MTC said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:45 am Link to comment Report comment

    This is the ugliest car of all time

  85. Autofiliac said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    Uglyest car ever!I`d rather walk with gangreen in my feet!

  86. the.stig.514 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 7:04 am Link to comment Report comment

    Looks like something so ugly it hasn’t been invented.

    WTF CAR OF THE YEAR!!!!

  87. simo3870 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 8:03 am Link to comment Report comment

    I currently live in Korea and have to say that between the big 4 (Hyundai Kia Samsung/Renault SSangyong) here SSangyong is dying fast. The Rodious has to be “THE UGLEIST CAR I HAVE EVER SEEN and test driven”…..

  88. Zander said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:19 am Link to comment Report comment

    the other cars are almost ok, their brothers/sisters are better looking and better cars, BUT HAVE YOU EVER SEEN a nice looking SSanyonGG? NEVER!! This car doesn’t have a big brother to help him out by shooting him and leave him in the forest. This will deff. be the WTF car of the Year ( for at least 3 years in a row, lol )

  89. Capp# said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:27 am Link to comment Report comment

    Most horrible looking car EVER!

    This should win the WTF award.

  90. Human said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:24 am Link to comment Report comment

    the looks of it says all ….
    it should also have the award of ugliest car of the year ….

  91. Andy said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:02 am Link to comment Report comment

    The only people who would buy this car would have to be blind and as they arent allowed to drive, we can be thankful that there wont be many off these on the roads!

  92. Bailey said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:14 am Link to comment Report comment

    Just no.

  93. Af. said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    Who in their right frame of sanity will buy this?! What was Ssngyong thinking? What is Ssnagyong doing as a car manufacturer anyway? They should be building the ugly flame guns instead…
    I could have designed a better car for 10 bucks…

  94. mutantmoment said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Just seen one of these whilst walking and almost burst out laughing. Truly hideous, misproportioned beast. It’s obviously taken some style cues from the Mercedes A-class and Toyota Picnic – not the best starting point – and has got hopelessly confused as to when to stop growing. Remarkably revolting!

  95. albert einstein said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    SsorryWang

  96. Jade said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is one of those cars which actually makes me stop in my tracks laughing and going ‘WHAT WERE THEY THINKING’ Who the hell is ssangyong anyway? its trying to be every single shape possible… Is it a cube? Is it a sphere? No its another piece of cheap junk worthy of the WTF award! … yay!:D

  97. bugsy said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the front is ugly, but the back is pain to my eyeballs,the design team gets an “A” for bravery

  98. Emma said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Urgh, it is actually making me feel physically sick just looking at the thing. Take it away and burn it :(

  99. Thecarenthusiast said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Its ugly, noisy, made of plastic, hopeless to drive and out of date. Maybe the enginer was satan?

  100. careebox said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    hideous car, shame it has ever been made, even more shame that it is still produced.

  101. Fing! said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’m with TomR. I’d love to see a Q&R with the designer of this car to understand he/she/it didn’t rather use the clay for the mock-up to make bowls for the local soup kitchen. An interview with owners would also be fascinating, especially if they get defensive which they probably will. If this wins, do you think you could do it?

  102. DanielArcher said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Only Fiat Multipla is its strong competitor…

  103. Stanley M said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    OMG, how desperate does one have to be to buy that?! Owning one of these is what I call masochism and total lack of self-respect. End of story.

  104. BMW said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Umm, you couldn’t give this away to charity.
    Horrible design, and I have no doubt it drives like *beep* and is built like brick …

    Worst of all the nominees.

  105. BMW said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I meant it’s horribly built.

  106. jackirius said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    do ssanyonggyssannsyong(?) have any pride in what they make? that is the car equivalent of impotence. it says you have given up on life and all its joys.

  107. Joakim said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ssangyong is the worst car company ever !

  108. Yakult... said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Did we even need to vote? :P I think the ‘winner’ was pretty clear from the start ;) 108 posts !

  109. american idol said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    yuo it´s a winner :D ! btw , those of you who want the “designer linched” forget about it, you´d have to take out the whole of the ssangyong building. This thing was “designed” by a group of engineers, each was given certain task..” ake it look like a merc”.. when they were all finished they simply stuck all the bits together the all mighty CEO okayed it and the arketing department chucked it on the market and it has actually sold unbelievably well in asia. Like I said about the paralympics : even if you win, you´re still a retard !! :D

  110. american idol said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    for all the retards who might be up here,and according to my wife simply being here would qualify, Sorry and ..tough luck :Q aand sorry about the spelling..

  111. ScaryWardrobe said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i shouldn’t justify this monstrosity with valuable typing time.

  112. yossi said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    definitely a worthy winner

  113. Sideshow Bob said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm Link to comment Report comment

    There’s no excuse for that kind of ugliness…

  114. PatBMW said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    terrible…no other words to describe it

  115. american idol said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    btw why isn´t audi´s R8 up here ??? or the cayenne ??? Rangerover Sports, sunk with 22″ lowprofiles wtf ??????????????????????
    it´s easier to come up with which cares aren´t wtf nowadays:D even the new m3 would qualify if u ask me and I LOVE Bimmers!

  116. tom said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm Link to comment Report comment

    yay ssangyong!

  117. Stigs' Evil Twin Bro said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Only a blind can byu this thing!

  118. PeterMann said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s uglier than ugly – and clearly marketed by a management stuck in a 1950s time warp.

  119. Gallardo0220 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This hideous beast gets my vote.

  120. stefan123456 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 7:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    stupid car!!!

  121. liam said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this car is so rubbish,it makes a proton impian look good.

  122. auxin said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 8:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The ugliest, most disgusting and despicable excuse for an automobile ever to exist.

  123. lee.g said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it looks like they put a fog and a kia picantto togeather and the front will put you off your tea or dinner for months and its massive to big to be onist and ill rather blow the dam thing up and crush it with a challenger2 tank

  124. Anonymous said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    THE UGLIEST THING ON THE ROAD… How could the law allow these things?

  125. SCordoba said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Probably the ugliest car ever, and even more probably the worst car ever!! I’m not sure if this is a car or a piece of crap… lol

  126. Mistersimon2011 said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    How could anyone think giving it the profile of a Prius, stretching it skywards and then, upon realising a stretched Prius looks as appetising as a steaming turd, then think it would be a good idea to stick a Toblerone on the back to make it look like a Prius estate. I am shocked and appalled.

  127. Tom17 said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 2:34 am Link to comment Report comment

    Second only to the ’99 Fiat Multipla…it looks like they actually designed a hatchback and just decided to add a shed to it in the last minute.

    Definitely the…winner?

  128. hari said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:45 am Link to comment Report comment

    it’s just awfull

  129. bobo said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    ssangyong is such a lousy car manufacturer you should make a categoy of WTF AWARDS just for them.ssangyong can start to put this award in their tv adds, you know, below the picture. ex: ‘ssangyong.winner of the wtf award for the last 5 years’.

  130. stig's Greek cousin said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 11:48 am Link to comment Report comment

    com’on people!

    THIS IS THE ONE!
    THIS IS SO F****D UP!
    IT LOOKS LIKE A HIPPO…ONLY HIPPOS ARE CUTE AND THEY DRAW YOUR ATTENTION.

  131. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the thing is that what makes it look sooooo wtf is that it actually looks like a merc…
    if it just looked like a daewoo or a get highNdie no one would´ve cared :D it could only be topped by sticking an AMG badge on it….powered by mercedes benz.. hahahahahahahaha

  132. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    btw what is even more thought evokeing is that production, from design to assembly is actually monitored and run by Hansi from Stuttgart… scary!

  133. mccormack89 said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    simply terrible

  134. JB said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Luckily, they are hard to find here in the Netherlands.

  135. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    did you all notice how much WTF is linked to Merc on this site ? : ssangyong,maybach,chrysle r sebring.. I think we´ve got a new WTF mastermind ..and it lives in Stuttgart… freaky!!

  136. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the mercedes WTF series, AMG must be shitting their pants :D

  137. Adam said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car is a disaster area. I’ve seen many dreadful design ideas in my life, but this wagon/whatever the hell it’s supposed to be, is just quite simply a epic failure. It looks like a Rhino thats been at the cakes for too long, then put the weight on at the rear. This car fully deserves the WTF Car Award, I can’t think of any other car more deserving.

  138. Kim said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    There is no doubt that this is the ultimate WTF? winner – it looks like the ugliest bits of every car ever produced combined, like when you get lots of bits of different coloured plastecine and squash it all together.

    This car is so bad it starts wars.

    Ssangyong, please, just give up.

  139. Rayz said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ssssshh!.. it’s beautiful!!!!
    Ive waited years to see a sight so magestic, so steeped in beauty and tradition!

    Hey wait a minute, can someone please remove that s..s..s..angry..yong out of my beach scene!!! Its ruining the sunset!

  140. R3G said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    why would anyone drive one of those i would rather take the bus

  141. Autofiliac said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It`s a lovely car!The design is superb!It will stand the test of time with flying colours!If i didn`t know better,i would guess Gordon Murray designed it!A stroke of genious.And the down-tuned engine from BMW M5 is a jem.So balanced,so forgiving when u drive it on the edge!Pure eyecandy!And the interior quality is bar none.Only the best!Of the sh.t the other korean carmanufacturers threw away,that is!This car is a rolling offence to everyone who doesn`t have time to cover their eyes when it comes down the street.It can`t be UP the street,because the sluggish piece of diesel-s..t isn`t up to the job at hand,wich is pulling this eyesore UP a hill:Just shoot the car,AND the retard who designed it!Set the factory on fire!And offer counciling to victims who have been whitin a 100 yards of it.

  142. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    take the bus ??? I´d rather get shot!! ..than take the bus, I´d take the sangy any day just to take the piss:D

  143. chris said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this is why some don`t believe in the presents of intelligent life in the universe…this along french cars of course

  144. Rayz said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    You cant help but have an inner debate with yourself when you see this car;

    What’s worse: This or Chlamydia???

    So I said id try both… the first was horrible!!!!

    Now i must test my strength in the ca.. ca..
    No!!! Still cant call it a car!!

  145. Tom Servo said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Want a people carrier? What about an estate? Prefer a coupé? How about a sensible sedan? The Rodius looks like all of them, but has the benefits of none.

    I queasily nominate the Rodius for WTF? Frankencar of the Year.

  146. Thenorwegian said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 9:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Thats one wonderfull piece of art! I dont mean that, do i? I mean thats one of worst machines ever built and it is certainly the worst now.

  147. Isaac said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 12:07 am Link to comment Report comment

    I’m sorry but this car is so ugly that if I don’t vote for it i’ll throw my self off a bridge. Ugly ugly ugly UGLY car.

    Hidious.

  148. WB said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 1:41 am Link to comment Report comment

    You know what. I’ll have to cast my vote here simply because this car actually hurts the eyes and is the reason why innocent people lose their eyesight.

    Pretty hideous. I don’t think even a mother could withstand this.

  149. Mugger said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 2:52 am Link to comment Report comment

    It still astounds me that someone agreed to spend any amount of money to design this.Even worse that someone else willingly agreed to part with their hard earned cash to buy one! I have yet to see a Ssang Yong that doesn’t look like it was designed by a three year old. It’s so fugly, that it doesn’t even deserve to win this title, in fear that Ssang Yong use it as some kind of a marketing tool. Please TG, treat them like caravans, and destroy as many as you can!!!

  150. AussieAussieAussie said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 6:49 am Link to comment Report comment

    and i thought fat guys in budgie smugglers was the worst most disgusting unhumanly thing in the world!!! this is terrible…
    WTF!!!

  151. Ben said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 7:09 am Link to comment Report comment

    Was the designer dead when he drew this up? I mean, I’m fifteen years old with practically no art skill and I’m still sure that Ssangyong could have sold more of these if they’d hired me as the designer. Maybe they hired my dog!?

  152. ricePaddy69 said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 7:53 am Link to comment Report comment

    Oh, this is the Ssangyong Rodius? I thought this was the second generation of the ever popular Pontiac Aztek! My mistake.

  153. ricePaddy69 said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 7:54 am Link to comment Report comment

    Well, at least you have a lot of head room!

  154. jake said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:27 am Link to comment Report comment

    I think that this car is ****

  155. Finchy said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 9:54 am Link to comment Report comment

    Absolutely horrendous! I read somewhere they wanted it to look like a yacht but even if it were a yacht I wouldn’t consider coming near it, let alone buy it.
    This is about as bad as it gets, or so I hope!

  156. Gary Baldy said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    What a festering turd of a thing. Utterly repulsive in every way conceivable.

  157. Danielle said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    frankly, if i had over-bred to such an extent as to need one of those things, i think i’d do that converted 1960’s ambulance things first. myself. with nothing more than white emulsion and duct tape.

  158. Don said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    There is no way that this car looses this competition! I mean really…

  159. american idol said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

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    Monday January 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

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    Monday January 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

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    Monday January 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

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    Monday January 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

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  164. Elvis said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Gotta be the Sssssannnyyyoong. I overtook one of those the other day on the Autobahn, literally burst out laughing while driving alongside and pointing my finger at the fool behind the wheel. The Aveo is a stong contender as well, but there’s no way for the Rodius to lose this competition.

  165. kkoychev said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ssangyong made an afwul car… As usual!

  166. Manbearpig said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Sexiest car ever!

    Classic Merc front end and bangle bum featuring dorma-bungalow effect. All it needs is some 20’s and led lights.

  167. Andy said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’m actually completely unable to name a car half as ugly… In fact, I’m so stunned by the Rodious’s ugliness that I’m unable to name any other car at all! The Cayenne and the R-class know when they’re beat!

  168. Devil said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Someone at Ssangyong has bad vision… or maybe a cruel sense of humor…

  169. Tom TG said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hmmmmmm…nice… if your blind.

  170. williamozzy said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm Link to comment Report comment

    someone down my road has one of these, why??? i dont want to confront him about it because he seems to love it- he also has a DB9, why cramp ur style? sell the rodius and drive the aston

  171. cam said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 1:48 am Link to comment Report comment

    Why would you buy this thing? It’s ugly and awful. Why would you buy a car which looks like it has a burnt thong for a face?

  172. Ange said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:21 am Link to comment Report comment

    I’m from Oz and we bought an 08 Stavic. I don’t get all the fuss. I’m comfortable and so are the kids, actually probably more than we are. So it looks a little funny, it depends on what one makes of it. I’ve gotta say one thing better the Stavic than the other Tin Can MPV’s I see around ie the Tarago, the Carnival and the king of sardine cans the Odyssey. Hyundai are showing the way with the I-Max though now they’re starting to listen to the families who have to sit in the things.

  173. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:32 am Link to comment Report comment

    the Koreans have finally lost it..not like they did already..

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

    this is definitely the WTF car.

  175. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:39 am Link to comment Report comment

    if you ever see an angry mob these days, look ahead and u’ll see one of these ssangyong things…

  176. o.O said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:46 am Link to comment Report comment

    oooookay…..wtf?

  177. AKILL said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:48 am Link to comment Report comment

    exactly

  178. Arab said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:27 am Link to comment Report comment

    I think this car should get the WTF award. :)

  179. stang said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:37 am Link to comment Report comment

    I’d never thought I’d say this: I would rather have a Prius.

  180. thielson said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:12 am Link to comment Report comment

    Class of its own, indeed…

  181. Twinkle said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:37 am Link to comment Report comment

    Guys, they are all JUST awful.

    It’s like trying to choose which polished turd is most attractive. They all make me heave. This car is so squat and plastic, it looks like a childs wind up car that has been enlargened.

  182. ben said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this car is so terrible its designed by a hamster who is blind domented and gay that has no sence this car sucks!

  183. Therodiushater said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car deserves to be the WTF, by far.
    It beats the socalled Chevrolet, it beats the MGF, it beats the Jeep, it beats the BMW x6, it beats the “Cube”, it beats the Pluriel, it beats the Sebring, it beats the F1 car, it beats the Merc, and it certainly beats the Maybach.
    Think of the adverts, The Ssangyoung Rodius, the 2009 Top Gear WTF car.

  184. Dogbyte said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Obviously the designer lost his protractor when he got to the back end.

  185. Satsujinkyou said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car is so fugly that i had to vote on him again. It really is repulsive

  186. Dhee said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    WTF?? How could they even approve such a horrifying design like this?? Even a small kid could draw better cars than that!! And the name!LOL!! This “thing” has GOT to win the WTF car? award hands down!

  187. Gazza said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I bet the boss of Ssangyong is blind

  188. Matti said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I`ve just lost my will to live…

  189. Faejit said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Someone should have just said STOP!!!! If they had left that curvy X6 like line down the side off and just made it a big box, it’d be dull but at least not offensive… As for the front end Arrrgh.

  190. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I have lost any faith in humanity.

  191. Johnny said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks like an undertaker’s car. I think Clarkson should do a piece on TG about this particular model and expose the managers, designers, marketing guys, etc who are responsible of such a (for want of a more fitting word) dreary car.

  192. HK said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It’s like the horrible results of a dubious liaison between a BMW X6 Estate (if there were such a thing, well there’s a BMW for every other use) and a Mercedes C class. But I don’t think it’s a WTF “winner”.

  193. CG said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Oh dear…we’ve hit an all time low…or at least on par with the Japanese cars, especially the older ones, which were basically European copies…

  194. STIJN from Belgium said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 7:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is definitely the wtf winner(even of the 21st century)!!! It’s the most useless piece of shit I ever seen on the roads. Who buys this???

  195. mikemuses said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Every time I see one I’m stopped in my tracks. It really is the ugliest car ever

  196. Nico said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I want to puke, get it out of my screeeeeeeeeeen!!!!

    worst car ever, and the worst of all is that people are stupid enough to buy it.

    cheers

  197. SD said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Thankfully I haven’t seen too many!! But the one or two I have seen… Wow. Why would anyone spend money on such a thing?? Even my neighbour’s dog is smart enough to dislike this “thing”

  198. ssangyong-rodius said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:39 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This has to be the winner. It is soooooooooo….. ugly they deserve it just for that. Then it’s rubbish as well. No competition !!

  199. Swede said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is the ugliest thing ever to be put on for wheels. No further explanation needed. This is TG’s WTF car.

  200. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ssangyong
    Chrysler
    Mercedes
    Is there a common link?
    Somebody should find the Dr.CarEvil who is doing the damage.

  201. ricky said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 12:24 am Link to comment Report comment

    WTF indeed!

  202. Jim said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 1:16 am Link to comment Report comment

    I am glad this is the most commented car! Out of all of them, this has got to the be worst, anybody who buys one of these deserves to have their licence taken away! Not only is it ‘FUGLY’, it’s got to be terrible to drive as well! There is not one positive to take away apart from space… and there’s plenty of that on a bus…

  203. Boyo said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 2:59 am Link to comment Report comment

    to the people who have baught this car: what happened once u actually got a brain transplant and looked at it again?

    this has my vote.

  204. AKILL said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 4:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    my vote 4 WTF car.. ssangyong rodius..WTF

  205. MyEyesAreBleeding said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    It looks as though it would be at home on the pages of a comic book. No, wait, too ugly even for that…

  206. markmcmark said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    just why does it exist……why? if blind people could dive they could use this cos they can’t se it, but as they can’t it has no possible reason to exist….truley wrong!!

  207. top gear said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this can not be the winner of the WTF award as they have always made rubish ugly cars. if you give this award to this car you have to give it to the whole range. a car can not be punished for what it can not help. this is why rhe bmw should be the recipient as bmw should know betyer.

  208. Stig's Coach said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Some say, that when it gets on a motorway, the road surface sheds tears of asphalt; and the population of the town where they make these things, has the highest suicide rate on earth.
    All we know is, its bloody soul-destroying.

  209. HK said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Perhaps the designers made it so ugly to serve as a warning not to buy it because the rest of the car is even worse.
    Or Ssangyong is conducting some social experiment to see what sort of people would buy such a car when there are 1000s of other, better choices (1 of which would be a 1970s beige Morris Marina).

  210. TeeCee said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    There’s worse, you know.
    Probably disqualified from here, as it’s not sold in Europe (apparently there is a level of idiocy to which even the US car industry will not stoop).

    The Pontiac Aztec.

    Not content with having taken an extensive battering from the ugly stick, it also falls between two stools being useless as both an MPV and an SUV. To add insult to injury, received wisdom indicates it also comes with build quality and reliability levels that would have failed to pass muster at the old Triumph plant in Speke.

    I’m not posting a link as there are rules here about linking to unpleasant content.

  211. Mark said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 3:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    What i thought when I seen this car for the first time… It was on a golfcourse of all places… was WTF!!!!

  212. Luke-Ass said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is a munter car.

    A Great Top Gear Challange would be to desroy one.

  213. Autofiliac said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car actually makes me angry…

  214. Calvin said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Gets my vote.

    Wonder how many they’ve sold.

  215. Crag said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This really is one of the worst designed cars for a very long time. It may be cheap and big, but there is so much better transport for your money, especially if you buy nearly new. Why wouldn’t you buy a second hand S-max instead?! I think whoever buys one of these really need their heads checking, that goes the same to whoever buys a perodua kenari, another example of a godawful sh*t box that bears its face on UK roads, another total waste of time!

  216. st_owly said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 5:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Looks like a BMW X6 with a greenhouse on the back…maybe that’s where Bangle got his inspiration?

  217. Penry said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Vomit inducing, and not many “cars” can do that to you. Time for a game of conkers?

  218. mickas said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Just looking at it has actually made me sick
    WTF

  219. Mikeado said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The question on the lips of the nation: What size skip would be sufficient for dropping 50ft onto one of these? TopGear could you please answer this question?!

    Seriously, I actually need to accompany this page with a picture of a woman (or an Alfa 8C) to prevent violent projectile vomiting. Although, a Pontiac Aztec is actually worse. I need page 3 to get over that! (Or an 8C Spider)

  220. chhris2690 said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The ugliest car ever!

  221. Ambrose Leung said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    basically, whenever I want to keep fit or on a diet, yet eaten too much…I search Google for this, it works, ladies, trust me, everything down will come back and spill out no matter size, shape or volume.

  222. Who? Me?? said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    If you took Jordan’s £3,000 t*t’s away, chiseled off the render, eh voila, Ssangyong.

    It looks like a post crash X5 being humped by a caravan. It is so wonderfully hideous you cannot help but chuckle when you see one…before the convulsions of laughter just become convulsions…….

  223. The Truth. said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    …….they are the kiddy-fiddlers vehicle of choice………look at the driver next time you see one. Seriously.

  224. omegaman said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Did you know the Koreans can buy it with four rows of seats? Kinda clever, so 11 people don’t have to see it from the outside…

  225. The IRA said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    …………..we wouldn’t even blow one up. Semtex is too expensive what with the credit crunch thingy. Maybe just starting it would be enough……..

  226. US Marine said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    “Sir, yes sir, but sir if we drive it down Jihad Street sir the insurg…inserg….incurj….th e towel heads will lock themselves away sir……!!”

  227. A.Widdicombe said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I like it, it makes me look rather appealing when I stand next to it….

  228. Billy-Bob said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    ….”Dang Paw, look at this heer ve-hee-icle, it done look like its Paw sha*gged his sister!!!!”

    ” Dammit Son, this aint right, get Daddy his shotgun….”

  229. Dr Lancelot O'Boyle said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The car that fell from the very top of the ugly tree, hitting every branch on the way down. It’s about as attractive as herpes and would probably be harder to get rid of.

  230. California Stig said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Thankfully, we don’t get this garbage on our shores.

  231. Frankthered said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car just doesn’t seem to have a redeeming feature!!

  232. Allan, Belfast. said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Sorry guys,

    Posts 221, 222, 224, 225, 226, and 227 were my doing. I couldn’t help it though, I was doubled with laughter at that picture and had to vent my frustration, I may have wee’d myself a little too……..again, sorry.

  233. Luxus said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Don’t mock Ssangyong they’ve just invented a new market segment, the “comedy crossover”.

    I can only think of two possible reasons something like that could ever make it to production:

    1) Ssangyong HQ bought some “heavily” tainted Chinese milk powder, for their office coffee machines.

    2) The windows in their design studio are made with fragments of the mirror once used by the Queen, from Snow White.

  234. Robbo said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Wow, did anyone buy one of these with their own money? Yes, A to B is all they got to do, but sweet baby Jesus… Bet the owners of these things use them to tow caravans.

  235. is _a_savage said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    One must try to make something this ugly. Its not an accident that it’s THIS bad.

  236. LOL said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This is a minger of a car

  237. benjythedog said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Imagine the Ssangyong dealer… the importer calls him on the phone and says “hey, you know how the Musso was a bit ugly, well don’t worry because just wait till you see our swoopy new blue sky designed replacement.” Then it arrives on the transporter. Poor guy.
    Who had the stomach to find out it was poor to drive as well??
    Definitely WTF winner.

  238. freelittledragon said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I believe this car is one of the most drab looking cars I have ever seen!

  239. b003 said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I kinda like it. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, like a car only a mother could love type a thing. Ohhhh.. c’mere my precious.

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

    I now keep two blunt spoons in my handbag… Better to gouge both my eyes out with blunt spoons than risk seeing one of these in the flesh!

    (Spoons should also come in handy to gouge out the brains of the numpty* who bought it. It’s the only way to kill Ssangyong zombies…)

    *I used the word numpty as this is a family forum!

  241. Anon said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Further proof that the only thing Korea excels in is failure.

  242. msmith7 said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    So many so bad. But this is the worst.

  243. AbCat said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think this car may have been designed by fishkeepers, whose mollies interbred and produced offspring whose dorsal fins were much further back on the body, just above the tail.

    So, when searching for inspiration for a spacious van/saloon mismatch, they drew this.

  244. CharlieA06 said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm Link to comment Report comment

    How can this car still be on sale? and above all, what makes people BUY this car?? yes! you can drive it with very tall hats and look even more stupid!

  245. nigeyasny said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The old Scorpio and the current Micra are truly ugly cars, but this one…. Actually, it isn’t that bad from the front, but WTF happened at the back?! HOW does a car that the vast majority of people think looks a mess get built in the first place?

  246. Torch(USA) said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car would probably give you cancer.

  247. NoelK said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I was out for a night on the town here in Dublin one night, and by the end of it I was in need of a taxi (as you do). I decided to wait for another to come along as opposed to getting into this monstrosity. It is the ugliest, stupidest, most annoying waste of space I have ever seen trundle along the streets of Dublin… This HAS to be the WTF winner…

  248. naughtytennis said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Stevie Wonder’s eyesight clearly is not the best, but the man has some style and is loved by many. Why then did nobody think to ask him to style this awful thing? It would have looked so much better than this boiled sweet with part of a cardboard box stuck on the back for good measure. My worst fear is that in that in these eco-friendly times this car might be recycled and end up reappearing for decades to come, why not just keep one…..in a museum perhaps as a sign of what might have happened to the car maker. As for the other one or two that might have been bought…. the government should offer to refund the purchaser’s money and lock them away from human eyesight, except for the designer perhaps who can go with the etch-a-sketch he designed the car on into the same cavern.

  249. badman said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:25 am Link to comment Report comment

    Is it a car ?

  250. Dan Man said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 2:28 am Link to comment Report comment

    Ive done turds that look better than this thing.

  251. carlos said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 3:38 am Link to comment Report comment

    That brand (which I don’t even want to mention) have to for sure make the ugliest thing (not cars) on this planet. Therefore they should abn this cars from leaving Korea. The ugliest cars ever made by anyone.

  252. Allan Carr said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:27 am Link to comment Report comment

    What an earth was the designer (clown) thinking when he penned the design for this Frankenstein of a vehicle. I have had the miss fortune of seeing one of these and earlier models and narrowly missed hitting the central reservation on the M25 everytime (whilst trying to catch a peak at the blind driver). This is a prime example of a manufactured cut and shut car for the medically insane. Why can’t designers produce cars for the masses that people want to drive and be seen in e.g. The potential new Mercedes Gullwing SLK and my favorite at present the Aston Martin Vantage. Rant over must get back to work.

  253. Amprak said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:48 am Link to comment Report comment

    Whats that protuding out of its back? the hunchback of God-Knows-Where? Too many lines up its side, whats with the styling? It really looks huge and ugh-ly!!!

  254. Thomas said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 8:02 am Link to comment Report comment

    OMG how many comments is there. Wait a second THE CAR IS RUBISH

  255. ratonbox said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 8:18 am Link to comment Report comment

    i really hate this car. and i imagine the people who bought it with 2-wheel drive hate it too.

  256. Andrew_L said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 8:42 am Link to comment Report comment

    Possibly the ugliest car of all time – narrowly beating the Cayenne Turdo, some 1970’s BL offerings and several eastern European efforts of similar vintage. But it’s not the worst…it has a point! You can, if you really want, fill it with lots of people and their luggage and go somewhere – people may laugh at you and children may point but you can always wear a false beard and hat. The BMW X6 has less point and there is no disguise to stop people treating you like a Wayne, Coleen, David or Victoria so I’m afraid X6 gets the vote. Sorry Rodent :-)

  257. Meph said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 10:22 am Link to comment Report comment

    Please provide me with one bucket of industrial strength bleach and one regulation scrubbing brush. My eyes need a wash.

  258. Brendan W said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 10:43 am Link to comment Report comment

    what were they thinking i cannot believe that thing is road legal! i have seen prettier dog vomit than that! and WTF with the name: ssangyong rodius?? i don’t even know if that was spelt correctly but what is it japenese for? i look like a flattened elephant and you would have to cut the right half of your brain out to buy me???

  259. oliroolz said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 11:32 am Link to comment Report comment

    WHY WAS PROTON OR PERODUA NOT ON THE LIST!!!! >:-(

    THEY ARE COMPLETE C*** AND ARE THE WORST CARS IN THE WORLD!!!

    I LIVE IN MALAYSIA AND WE ARE PRACTICALLY FORCED TO BUY PROTONS AS TGEY PUT HUGE TAXES ON ANY OTHER CARS! (despite this i do not own a proton!) YAY

  260. JackJack said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    ewwwwwwwww

    why?

    i mean how did the man who ok’d such an ugly car as this get to where he is today without someone noticing that he is obviously very blind? did he smell it and think “yes, that’s the design we want, i assume it looks lovely” or did the designer draw it with a blindfold and some braille?

    actually, come to think of it its like someone has got a puzzle made up of different shapes that’s meant to come together and make a square and they’ve just mixed them all up, traced the lines between the pieces, and just made what they got!!

    it’s just hideous!!!

  261. SimonDavid said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’d like to know who actually buys these – I’ve only ever seen one (thank god) and that was a taxi – so people can be sick in it after a long night out drinking and then having to look at that botched rear end. Just what it deserves.

  262. HannuBeng said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Is it me, or does the back end look like an X6 with a loft extension ?

  263. tooom said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    OMG definate my vote

  264. Ka said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Even it’s name is ugly

  265. Snr Sarg said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Voted

  266. azr910 said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think I’ve just threw up! A dead ant eater can do something better than that!

  267. profi said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 4:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    What a wonderful peace of craftsmanshit!

  268. Maximus said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I hope they didn’t pay a designer!

    I coulda made that fugly thing for a tenner

  269. verticalsky said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Definitely deserves the award!!

  270. Ed said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Real shame that Rodius was actually designed by Ken Greenley who used to run the transportation design school at London’s Royal College of Art.

  271. Jo said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I have seen better looking piles of dog waste.

  272. Fordboy said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I drove one once (once was enough!) it scared the crap out of me. It handles like a barge carrying the QE2, a real white knuckle ride! and my first 1977 Fiesta was better made!!!

  273. Polyphony_001 said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm Link to comment Report comment

    why… just why… was this car made?

    what the hell is it for?
    car darts perhaps?
    burning?
    being flinged off of a cliff?
    Why dont u guys at top gear do one of those things if u hate it so much?
    or u could buy 1 and improve it as a top gear challenge…

  274. Polyphony_001 said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    or u could catapolt one at the fifth gear studio!?

  275. Polyphony_001 said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    somebody should make a top gear videogame again!

    i know there was one before but videogames have moved on now.

    just make sure u put it on ps3

  276. Captain VXR said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this car has no redeeming features at all

  277. 240Z Head said...
    Friday January 30, 2009 at 12:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    Its clear that Ssangyong took a look at their empty trophy case and realised that they were prity good at making rubbish cars. Announcing the revamp of their range they went into deep research and reflection…
    I believe one researcher stubbled on a book about reverse psychology and applied this knowledge to car making. Concluding that by making a car so ugly and illfit for its purpose it would alter the space time continuum and appear good.
    The Rodius is that car.
    Please give Ssangyong this award in the hope that they will never do it again

  278. Presto said...
    Friday January 30, 2009 at 8:07 am Link to comment Report comment

    Umm…
    No I’ve seen mini’s that could carry more people and well it can’t be classified as a car because.

    Ssangyong says it’s luxurious and it has a 2.7L diesal engine defiantly not a real car. Also its expensive and over where i live they call it something different. The Stavic. Yes changing the name really made me more interested in buying this contraption. Well in my opinion they changed the name so the amish people wouldnt laugh as much.

  279. Holland said...
    Friday January 30, 2009 at 9:49 am Link to comment Report comment

    I’m still negatively stunned by such a non-design everytime I see it (or every other Ssangyong for that matter)

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