The 13 worst cars of the last 20 years
Prepare the sickbags: it's our countdown of the most awful cars of the modern era
Posted: 31 Oct 2013
6: 2003 Rover CityRover
Witnessing the prolonged death rattle of Britain's last volume car manufacturer was one of the less enjoyable aspects of the past decade. The Rover CityRover - almost certainly not the inspiration behind the Ferrari LaFerrari - wasn't so much the last roll of the dice as the final nail in a faux-walnut coffin. It wasn't grossly offensive to drive, it was roomy enough and it wasn't particularly hideous to look at. It wasn't even the ignominy of cash-strapped MG Rover having to rebadge the Indian-made Tata Indica as a means of getting a foothold in the market. No, the problem was the sheer cynicism with which it was piloted to market: you needed nine grand for a decently specced one. When MG Rover finally collapsed in April 2005, the so-called Phoenix Four and chief executive Kevin Howe had somehow managed to trouser £42m between them in four years. Banging, as we used to say in 1996.