Bentley Bentayga

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The Bentayga never had a chance at beauty. The EXP 9 F concept on which it’s based looked more like a Chinese knockoff of a Bentley than a Bentley and was the laughingstock of the 2012 Geneva show. Despite their best efforts, Luc Donckerwolke (now at Hyundai) and his designers weren’t able to beat all the ugly out of the production car. The front-three-quarter proportions are wonky, and the huge grille and quad headlamps come across as cartoonish rather than elegant. If you approach a Bentayga on the road from behind, you might think it’s a Lincoln MKT livery car hauling someone to the airport.

Look, we know it’s not easy to make crossovers and SUVs distinctive and attractive. But Bentley’s sister brand Audi managed to do so with the second-generation Q7, built off the same bones as the Bentayga, and Volvo gave us the handsome XC90 last year. The Bentayga doesn’t have half the street presence of a Range Rover and costs three times as much.