Everyone Regrets Buying These 10 European Compact Cars


Europeans are famous for building vehicles that combine engineering excellence, performance and luxury, but they’ve also had some ups and downs. It’s not difficult.


Occasionally, some cars have single-handedly shattered the long-held belief that “Made in Europe” cars are better. There were issues such as performance, price, styling and handling. Even famous names like Alfa Romeo and Fiat have been spoiled, producing cars that a surprising number of buyers regretted buying. Thankfully, time has passed, but memories of these cars still haunt enthusiasts.

Ten rover city rover

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City Rover was a compact car produced from 2003 to 2005. This was Tata rebadging his Indica, a popular car developed in India at the time. However, even re-badged, CityRover performed poorly on the current road in his test.

Not only was the price too high, the CityRover had poor road handling and poor quality. Most journalists called it one of the worst cars ever made. Under its hood was Peugeot’s 85 hp his 1.4 liter engine.

9 Austin Allegro

Austin Allegro - Front
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The Allegro is one of those cars that most people complain about frequently. It was Austin Morris’ small family car. It was produced from 1973 to 1982. Innocenti also built the same car as his Regent from 1974 to 1975.

In ten years of production, the brand has produced over 640,000 models. However, there were many problems, such as the square steering wheel, which critics saw as four curved lines joined by straight lines, like a TV screen. The driver had very little space between the steering column and the wheel. On top of that, there were many design flaws that led to poor reliability and build quality.

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8 Fiat Multipla

1998 Fiat Multipla
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In the US, Fiat is synonymous with small 500s and small convertible sports cars. However, the company has a wide range of vehicles in the European market and beyond. One of them is Multipla.

It was produced from 1998 to 2010, but most people regret buying the first generation. Fiat he produced the first generation from 1998 to his 2004. The Multipla was a great car on paper, but in reality the designers seemed to have a small car in mind, but ended up creating a minivan along the way. Multipla’s interior was full of cheap plastic and odd design cues.

7 rover 100

rover 100
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The Rover 100 took over the Rover Metro, also known as the Austin Metro. The 100 was an upgraded Metro, but inherited most of its poor qualities. The 100 he was in production from 1994 to 1998, but, like the Metro, was poorly maintained.

Rover tried to “update” the exterior to hide the aging styling. Like most Rover and Austin cars on this list, the 100 was of poor build quality. It also received a poor Euro NCAP rating, scoring 1 out of 5 stars in the adult occupant section and 2 out of 4 stars in the pedestrian section.

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6 DAF Narcissus

DAF Narcissus
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The Daffodil was a small family car from the Dutch company DAF Trax NV. It was produced from 1961 to 1967. At the same time, DAF had another model, the 750. This is a Daffodil with less chrome trim on the exterior and more luxury equipment.

The Daffodil was one of the first production models with a CVT and was a highly innovative car for its time. But that’s where the money stopped for the Narcissus, the Daffodil has a 26 horsepower engine and a 0 to 60 mph speed he took 28.9 seconds.

Five FSO Polonaise

1978-2002 FSO Polones: Yet Another Wedge?
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The Polonaise was a Polish vehicle named after the Polish dance Polonaise. Produced from 1978 to 2002, it had a long life. When it was launched in the 1970s, the Polonaise was the only Eastern European car built to pass US crash tests.

Despite being a safe and remarkable vehicle, the Polones did not perform well. It also had an older Fiat design and lacked desirability. After Poland’s accession to the European Union, demand for the Polones declined rapidly as cheaper, duty-free cars were introduced from Western Europe, replacing most models.

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Four rover 25

Rover 25 front 3/4 view
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Most Rover cars weren’t that great. This is his third model on this list and a testament to what the brand has had to offer. The Rover 25 was a facelift of the Rover 200 and was produced from 2000 to 2005.

However, unlike the Rover 200, the 25 had an upgraded chassis for sportier handling. The front end has also been restyled to give it a more corporate and executive look. However, even with all these upgrades, the 25 wasn’t the best car on the market. The Euro NCAP rating for an adult occupant is 3 out of 5 stars, and for pedestrians he is 2 out of 4 stars.

3 Alfa Romeo Aruna

Front 3/4 view of Alfa Romeo Aruna
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The Arna was a compact car produced by Alfa Romeo Nissan Autoveicoli SpA from 1983 to 1987. The brand was his 50/50 joint partnership between Alfa Romeo and Nissan. It had Nissan rear brakes and independent rear suspension.

All others were mostly from Alfa Romeo. Being a joint partnership, Aruna had the worst quality of both companies. They included bad mechanics and indifferent build quality. It also had bland Nissan handling, brusque styling, and a questionable body.

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2 Citroen C3 Pluriel

2003 Citroen C3 Pluriel
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The C3 is Citroen’s compact car. It has been in production since 2002 and is still in production today. When Citroen introduced the C3, there were his three body styles: a 3-door hatchback, a 5-door hatchback and a 2-door convertible.

The latter were known as Pluriel. From 2003 to 2010 he produced Citroen in five open top variations. Despite its small size, the Pluriel suffered from frequent problems such as oil and gas leaks, resulting in sluggish sales.

1 Renault 8

Renault 8
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The Renault 8 entered production in 1962 and was closely related to the Dauphine. It had the old car base and rear engine layout, which were the biggest perks of his R8, even though it was longer than the Dauphine.

Besides a nice French design, the R8 had a lot of flaws. Owners complain of defective brake pads and fuel pumps. Some cars had minor build quality issues like windshield wipers not working in the rain.


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