Would ugly grilles dissuade you from buying a car?

A badly designed grille is capable of completely ruining a car's entire look, to the point of dissuading potential buyers from it as well.

The front grille of a car initially served a single purpose - providing proper airflow to maintain the cooling. However, over the years, the grille has evolved to serve a cosmetic purpose as well, giving many cars a distinctive and instantly recognisable character.

With the growing proportions of cars in today's market, the size of the front grilles has also grown to meet the design requirements. Cars today come with front grilles in all shapes and sizes. While there are a few grilles that integrate extremely well with the overall design of the vehicle, there are some which immediately stand out for the wrong reasons.

A badly designed grille is capable of completely ruining a car's entire look, to the point of dissuading potential buyers from it as well.

Here is a list of cars with ugly radiator grilles:

BMW M3 & M4

We cannot mention ugly radiator grilles without talking about BMW. The German brand's iconic 'Kidney Grille' got a massive makeover on the new-generation M3 and M4 models. While BMW has been slowly increasing the size over the years, the grille on the M3 and M4 models definitely turn things up to 11.

Lexus LX 570

The Lexus LX 570 is the brand's flagship SUV offering and features probably the largest iteration of its signature 'Spindle Grille'. The grille not only dominates the front end but also comes with multiple horizontal slats finished in chrome. This combined with the slim LED headlamps at either side, gives the LX 570's front end a completely disproportionate look.

Toyota Innova (Old-Gen)

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The Toyota Innova might be one of the best-selling MPV models in the brand's lineup in India. However, its previous-generation iteration did have a rather ugly grille. Adding to this, the grille even came finished in chrome, further ruining the front design of the MPV.

Genesis G90

Hyundai-Genesis' premium sedan offering, the G90 is yet another car that needs a mention on our list. The Genesis G90 features the brand's signature 'Crest Grille'. The large grille comes with diamond-patterned mesh and tapers down to a point at the bottom.


Yet another BMW on our list is the current flagship SUV, the X7. The kidney grille on the X7 SUV, might not be as big as on its M3 and M4 siblings, but it is ugly nonetheless.

Toyota Avalon

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The 2021 Toyota Avalon is another four-door saloon that features a massive grille. The grille on the Avalon covers almost the entire front-end of the car, with just enough space to fit the headlamps and nothing else.

New Hyundai Creta

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While the grille on the new Creta isn't exactly large, compared to others on the list. The design of the grille itself is subjective.

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