The 10 worst car trends that must DIE!

There are a few things we can ensure for the year ahead. For example, we know that there'll be a whole load of new cars and truck releases. And we understand that an entire load of them will be electrical!

However it does not stop there. We also understand that with new cars, come brand new automobile trends … And some of them are definitely dreadful!

With that in mind, we've pulled together a list of our 10 for 2023. 10 patterns that, if we could, we would get rid of forever!

For example, take the . It initially appeared in the Tesla Model S Plaid, and now makers such as Lexus are following suit as well! However what exactly was incorrect with the initial guiding wheel design?! As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, do not fix it!

But it does not stop there! Did you know that manufacturers are bringing in membership services to unlock features that are currently constructed into a ? You could spend ₤ 30,000+ on a New BMW and be anticipated to spend ₤ 15 a month to trigger the heated seat!!

So what do you think – do you concur with our list? Or have we missed something? Let us understand in the comments!


76 responses to “The 10 worst car trends that must DIE!”

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    1. Adam Simmons Avatar
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      Matthew as yanni would say. The jesko has a yolk. The venom F5

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    4. Patrick Collum Avatar
      Patrick Collum

      You’re getting telegram scammers on your comments

  2. Plague Cl4ps Avatar
    Plague Cl4ps

    Buying a subscription for heated seats is crazy 💀

    1. inn0x Avatar

      Sounds like a great way to blackmail the car owners (or just subscribers now?) for locking/unlocking the car with a door lock subscription that adjusts the price every month. 🤡

    2. Stefan Avatar

      Got a brandnew BMW i4. And there is only one subscription. The Connected Services. And they are free for the first 2 years and afterwards you don’t need them.
      Seat heating, steering wheel heating, CarPlay, high beam assist, laserlight – everything working. Why? Cause I BOUGHT IT. And you can too.

      Why do they put it in your car even though you didn’t order it? Because it’s cheaper and reduces complexity in the supply chain.

      So there’s two ways to handle this: buy it instead of a subscription. Or stop whining.

    3. DontKnowWhy Avatar

      @Stefan No, they put it in your car even though you didn’t order it because they want to rip you off. That’s like buying a package from Amazon (the car) and pay for delivery (tax) and then you have to pay the delivery driver to open the door even though they have hands (heated seat function).

    4. Amel Đilović Avatar
      Amel Đilović

      Well, lets say the car costs base 100k, so without heated seats. The optional heated seats would adde an extra 1k. So basically the car WITH heated seats costs 101k

      Id rather pay 100k and THEN pay maybe 3months subscription ( winter time) than pay 1k in the beginning

    5. U_S_man Avatar

      at least bmw doesn’t do it in the usa…….yet

  3. Presto Avatar

    Legend says that in the next few years, either soft limiters or sound enhancement will be the new normal on many cars. Bit unfortunate, really. I will miss the glorious notes of a Lamborghini V12 or LFA V10.

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    2. Sören Borchers Avatar
      Sören Borchers

      Well… if a lot of the countries go on with the bans of new combustion engines after 2030/-35/-50 soft limiters wont be your problem. And that is already a decided thing in A LOT of countries.

      (I really get that we miss the sound, i love a nice engine sound, but if i try to really be objective it feels kinda dumb to set “haha it sounds cool” over what that means for the environment to be honest.)

  4. Presto Avatar

    It’s crazy really. In Australia, a decent cheap ‘new’ car that drives ok costs at least $30,000 AUD. I doubt prices will ever go back down in the sub 20’s.

    1. The Hutch Avatar
      The Hutch

      Aussies don’t buy new cars though; from everything I’ve seen, it’s always a used (fill in the blank) with a MASSIVE turbo bolted to a JZ, RB or Barra engine. 🤣🤣

    2. Emd=mc^2 Avatar

      @Daudi Masinde That’s part of the reason their cars cost so much.

    3. SMGJohn Avatar

      So why buy new all the time? In the long run, buying used and just repairing it and keep it maintained is 6 times cheaper than buying a new car. Unless you love throwing away money, in that case may I suggest you buy fireworks instead.

    4. Presto Avatar

      @K SE  Nah, there’s road tax included. Add $2,000 to the total cost. And when I say new, I mean it has had at least 25,000km on the odometer.

    5. Presto Avatar

      @SMGJohn Where in a world are you getting used cars that are 6x cheaper and run perfectly fine?

  5. Savvy Progress Avatar
    Savvy Progress

    My Scoda Scala reverse camera would get all messy and didn’t have a dedicated washer. Then I figured out, that they aimed the back window washer in a way that it will drip from the window onto the camera and clean it. So efficient and nice, just like many other things in the Scoda.

    1. Rin Hato Avatar
      Rin Hato

      Scoda Skala 🤔

    2. Fresch Prince Avatar
      Fresch Prince

      dude, i just got myself a Scala and i did not know that thanks mate!

    3. KR 92 Avatar
      KR 92

      Scoka. Cimply Klever.

    4. Baller Simpson Avatar
      Baller Simpson

      @KR 92 Scocker camply fabulous

    5. NEH Avatar

      I saw one doing that today. I thought it was broken and laughed my a__ off!
      I get it now.
      Still looks stupid…

  6. A R Avatar
    A R

    I live in the USA and Mercedes subscription here is an absolute joke lol
    It has put so many people off it, for such a premium brand it is crazy how they are doing that

    1. cyanofelis Avatar

      @NyxVeliona i can’t believe the subscription on the beamer heated seats! Wtf!!!

    2. Stefan Avatar

      @cyanofelis if you buy them you don’t have to do the subscription.

    3. NyxVeliona Avatar

      @cyanofelis Oh my god, tell me about it. Same here!

    4. 4ME7HYS7 Avatar

      So, the joke is that without the optional subscription for more power, you’re stuck with the same power that came advertised in the brochure.. ⁉️

    5. MeasureOnce Avatar

      Same in Australia. Totally turned off by this, and won’t touch a brand that does it. Will hurt resale value. Only the diehard brand snobs will continue to put down their readies for such poor treatment

  7. Scotty Rob Avatar
    Scotty Rob

    Lack of physical buttons. It doesn’t just take away the quality feel but it’s also dangerous.

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    2. Grand Tourer Avatar
      Grand Tourer

      This and stuck on tablets instead of integrating the screens into the dashboard are my biggest pet peeves with modern cars.

    3. G F Avatar
      G F

      Look at phone illegal, big touchscreen in the car legal.

    4. TheLazy Smoker Avatar
      TheLazy Smoker

      This…..sooooo much this.

  8. Jajalaatmaar Avatar

    How about #11: removing features from cars after reviews are out.

    Take the BMW IX Xdrive50. Came standard with air suspension and rear wheel steering. It’s now removed and only available on the top trim M60. Yet all reviews talk about how the xdrive50 has nice the drive feel with the air suspension. People waiting for a delivery of an Xdrive 50 got the choice of accepting removal of their air suspension and rear wheel steering or canceling there order and ordering a new M60.

    BMW also removed opening the tailgate with your foot and massaging seats for the front passenger in all trims due to parts shortages. So your luxury SUV is now less luxurious than one built a year ago.

    Tesla removed the parking sensors because of part shortage (even on the X and S). A replacement should be coming in software using the camera’s on board, but it’s not here yet (so it probably doesn’t work well). A Dacia Spring of 20K has parking sensors, a new model X at 120K doesn’t.

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  9. Andrew Jones Productions Avatar
    Andrew Jones Productions

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the daft nonsense of burying controls for the heater/aircon etc. deep inside of the infotainment system. There is nothing wrong or old fashioned about knobs, switches and dials. The only knobs in some car manufacturers these days can only be found in their head offices.

    1. Sam Beaumont Avatar
      Sam Beaumont

      But knobs and switches are cheaper and cannot record data as easily.

    2. Cameron Chalmers Avatar
      Cameron Chalmers

      Motoring journalists complained about the number of knobs and switches cars used to have. Hence, all switches are now secreted within the screen used for navigation etc. If you want to adjust the aircon or simply turn on the rear heated screen. You must first decide upon how far is the nearest accident & emergency hospital. Having done so, you must then convince the vehicles artificial intelligence that you are not falling asleep because you’ve taken your eyes off the road. Having inadvertently called 999, you must then convince the operator that you don’t really need emergency attendance. For goodness sake don’t admit to them that you’ve taken your eyes off the road or you’ll be facing charges for careless driving. The moral of the story is never allow motoring journalists to influence vehicle manufacturers.

    3. Sören Borchers Avatar
      Sören Borchers

      @Dustyice Half of the internet hates the “T” because the other half loves it so much, and both are almost a cult. It’s a typical internet debate, instead of pro and cons there is just 100% black or white.

    4. JOdamin Avatar

      Yeah, especially the touch buttons as indicators … Whoever thought of that needs to get fired.
      As if I could perfectly hit such a tiny touch sensor on the steering yoke while exiting the roundabout/changing the steering angle

    5. Blockchain Music Avatar
      Blockchain Music

      @Dorian Francois Until it breaks and EVERYTHING is broken at once.

  10. Don Fatale Avatar
    Don Fatale

    This video could easily have a part two!

    My bugbear is the combined screen for sat-nav, music and pretty much everything else. Makes you have to operate the screen more than you should, which can have an effect on road concentration and safety. Also, on mine, I can’t switch off the display if I just want to listen to the radio.

    1. T4lyX Avatar

      This is part 3, it’s been mentioned before

  11. Crankshaft Rotator Avatar
    Crankshaft Rotator

    11. Fake exhaust pipes. 12. No protection plates for doors and bumpers 13. Rear reflectors not integrated in the rear lights 14. Digital instruments 15. Touchscreens inside for everything

    1. Ren仁 Avatar

      That’s true, I just want physical buttons and Analog Instruments, want to feel how the dials goes up and down.

    2. Miguel Rocha Avatar
      Miguel Rocha

      You’re wrong about 13, the reflectors need to reflect the lights from the car behind, but those lights illuminate much lower than the taillights so they can’t be in the same cluster, they need to be lower

    3. David Colin Avatar
      David Colin

      I’ve got no problem with digital instruments, so long as it is primarily the instruments and not controls.
      having a digital instrument cluster actually allows the manufacturers to reduce the cost (actually, probably increase the margins) because they can then change the instrumentselectronically rather than having to have a different set for KPH and MPH. It also allows the user to do so when changing from UK to EU, for example. Once you have the digital instruments, the added cost of other instrument options is near zero.

    4. Crankshaft Rotator Avatar
      Crankshaft Rotator

      @Miguel Rocha There are still a few cars with in the rear lights integrated reflectors. So it is possible. A few years ago, all cars had this reflectors in the lights, and it works well. I love those in my BMW E39: With the backlights switched on, they’re invisible, but when I parc the car and illuminate the rear, the reflectors are working. Looks clear and nice

    5. Crankshaft Rotator Avatar
      Crankshaft Rotator

      @David Colin I dont like them, it feels like a Play Station game. When the sun shines on it, you see almost nothing anymore. Plus: It looks cheap.

  12. Matt Evans Avatar
    Matt Evans

    The subscription model reeks of ‘You will own nothing, and you will be happy’.

    1. Matt Evans Avatar
      Matt Evans

      @M G Then please inform us of the truth, if we are so ill informed.

    2. Sören Borchers Avatar
      Sören Borchers

      @Selmon Bhoii There are already multiple car brands who have a subscription model for their cars. And its definetly getting more. Shareholders love reoccuring payments.

    3. M G Avatar
      M G

      @Matt Evans This “quote” is title of an article that discusses the problem of subscriptions and leasing options for increasing amount of first-need or second-need goods, putting this aspect in spotlight in the academic way, not “LOOK THIS IS THE BEST WAY OF LIVING WE WILL FORCE YOU TO DO SO, WEF WEF WEF”. Makes difference, huh?

    4. Matt Evans Avatar
      Matt Evans

      @M G So they said it ironically and people took out the irony?

    5. M G Avatar
      M G

      @Matt Evans That was a theme of an article that just discussed about a problem and trend visible amongst various branches. Blame the corporations. Ironically, they’re the last to blame and poeple are going for another conspiracy with some mythical “schwabs”, “WEFs” and other immaterial substances instead of greedy private corporations.

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    When the car’s weight exceeds 3500kg (I guess this can happen soon) the driver will need to obtain a C1 category in his driving license… 😁

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  14. f1kwa Avatar

    Does anyone else agree that whilst we enjoy watching videos on these new cars, we’re better off buying or keeping older ones? Manufacturers ought to heed Matts comments because he’s 100% correct, looking forward to part two….

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    2. Rod Craig Avatar
      Rod Craig

      Yep, agree – my MB S212 does pretty much all of this with physical controls that I never have to look at to operate.

    3. Timmy B Avatar
      Timmy B

      So true, my 2006 GMC Sierra is still my favorite favorite over my 2022 F150. The overall usability is just so hard to beat on that GMC, such a nice driving truck and not to mention insanely comfortable. The poor thing is rolling up on 300k miles and will still knock your dentures out when you put it to the floor. It’s like one a those WW2 vets that just refuses to admit it’s time to retire and loves to pick on all the millennials for being whiney n soft.🤣

    4. King Salami Avatar
      King Salami

      THIS is why I’ll never part with my ’18 Mercedes GLA45 AMG. It’s the last of the generation of (mostly) analog cars…and delightfully free of distracting digital nannies and irritating design features!

    5. 187Overkillah Avatar

      Hahaha…. You’re funny. Analogue cars died around 2000-2005….

  15. DJ Donra's Basement Avatar
    DJ Donra’s Basement

    Your emphasis on efficiency and practicality is spectacular. Most of these brands are really not keeping up with customer requirements when it comes to being practical.

  16. Jeff DeLamater Avatar
    Jeff DeLamater

    As an Ioniq 5 owner, there are two things that I really miss from my GTI. The rear wiper, and the hide-away reverse camera.

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  17. ger mulqueen Avatar
    ger mulqueen

    Love your new car reviews! Very honest!! Watching this review of modern tech on new cars; I have to agree with you about the reversing camera!! As an Irish person who’s recently bought a new car with this feature, I find myself cleaning the camera, literally EVERY day, this time of year because of dirt & grime being splashed onto it from the road by passing vehicles. I love the idea of a camera that is “hidden” away until reverse gear is selected, but I drive a Ford Fiesta & so, the camera’s not stowed away until needed, but then; the camera’s not stowed away on ANY model in the Ford range, as far as I’m aware…

  18. DomenER Avatar

    I love this, I think more influential youtubers such as yourself should talk about these issues and maybe we can achieve some positive changes at some point down the line. Otherwise, us, the average consumers, will just keep on getting scammed by greedy manufacturers who are apparently becoming more and more out of touch with reality and the actual needs of people who buy and drive their cars.

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  19. swampthing20 Avatar

    All valid. For part two though, you need:

    – cameras instead of actual wing mirrors (a mirror is totally fine, better and cheaper)
    – air con controls in the screen (or, actually worse, touch sensitive controls that still need you to take your eyes off the road)
    – full-width light bars on the front of cars (they loook shite)
    – having to fanny about trying to work out how to disable lane keep assist (just give me a damn button)
    – extra cost to ‘upgrade’ to a ‘bigger’ digital dial screen (my one experience being the current Audi A3 – it’s the same bloody larger screen in every car, just masked off with plastic trim and smaller graphics to make it look smaller, thankfully I’m now rid of it)

  20. David Colin Avatar
    David Colin

    Surprised you didn’t mention the lack of heater/AC controls onbuttons, dials or knobs (this has been mentioned elsewhere, and I absolutely, 100% agree with the lack of rear wipers. Another, important, model which doesn’t have the rear wiper is the MG 4, and that also doesn’t have grab handles.
    I’m not convinced about the lack of grab handles, I’ll have to wait and see when mine arrives, but no wash wipe? If I was in the UK it would be such a fault that I might be tempted away. Fortunately, living in Spain it is not such a serious ommision.
    At least the MG has 2 programable knobs, so I can have one for the heater controls.

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