Agree with every word. In so many ways, it's the ugliest car I have seen for years.The design is all over the place. The interior is totally confused.
I'm TD's stereotypical Toyota buyer. I've currently got a 2008 Yaris. The design is extreme minimalism. There's no display in front of the driver, just a simple digital display in the centre with 4 pieces of info - speed, fuel gauge, time and outside temp. Looks like this:
Of course modern cars need far more infotainment, satnav, buttons etc. But you can achieve the same minimalism by moving the small screen in front of the driver and basically putting an iPad screen in the centre. There's no need to mess up the simplicity of everything else. Hence you get interiors like the VW ID or Tesla, that present a clear design to the driver.
Everyone likes different stuff and some people don't want minimalism, they want to be surrounded by a cockpit of buttons. There's a lot of subjectivity to it all. But what is almost certain to be ugly is to take a minimalist approach and then tinker with every element to add a mess of complexity. And to take slender items like the steering column or centre box and bulk them out unnecessarily.
The steering rack on the BZ4X is horrific. All the paraphernalia of buttons are scattered in incoherent places. There's bulk where there should be slenderness. All simplicity has vanished beneath the muddle.
The exterior is the same. It's a basic car shape, simple enough, but every detail they've tinkered with seems to mess up the form rather than add interest to it.
Toyota 20 years ago were pretty advanced on design, as well as on hybrid tech (plus reliability etc). The VW ID series pretty much plagiarise some of design minimalism of my old Yaris, with a splash of plagiarising Tesla as well. But the Rav4 and now the BZ4X took the design of 20 years ago and basically ran with it in the wrong direction.
I'm not an expert on design. But most people's instant reaction to this design is "ugly", and I think it's possible to work backwards from this reaction to figure out why. I'm pretty sure the why is due to a minimalist design overlayed with muddle, whereas you can get good looking complexity by starting from a traditional non-minimalist design and adding in features at appropriate locations.
I take issue with this; my old ID.3 and current EV6 both move(d) off auto-hold without any perceptible jolt or mechanical sensation at all.Hold feature works okay but as with everyone bar Tesla, it jolts a bit when starting off.
I've driven an ID 3 it's similar to MG and Toyota and Kia with the auto hold. Tesla is buttery smooth and shows how it should be done. I haven't driven a Ariya but I wasn't keen in the dealership preview, seats and space not as good as the Toyota.I take issue with this; my old ID.3 and current EV6 both move(d) off auto-hold without any perceptible jolt or mechanical sensation at all.
I can't believe I'm going to say this, but if you really have to go Japanese, surely the Ariya is streets ahead of the be586hfuf47ghgn?
The ID.3 you drove must have had something up, neither my old ID.3, my current ID.4 or the wife’s M3 have any jerkiness around auto hold.I've driven an ID 3 it's similar to MG and Toyota and Kia with the auto hold. Tesla is buttery smooth and shows how it should be done. I haven't driven a Ariya but I wasn't keen in the dealership preview, seats and space not as good as the Toyota.
Doug Demuro timed his review upload badly 😁Meanwhile...
It’s been less than two months since Toyota launched the bZ4X, but the Japanese automaker has now initiated a global recall for the vehicle.www.teslarati.com