QOTD: Best Standard Car Design of the 2010s?

As we’ve entered a new decade, I thought it might be time to take a look back at the 2010s and see if, among the largely nondescript egg-shaped crossovers, there were some design gems. The sort of cars that’ll be looked back upon fondly down the road.

Got one in mind?

Before we begin, I’ll clarify that we’re only talking standard production cars today. That means no bespoke cars or one-offs, no design exercises that were cancelled during the prototype stage, and no ultra high-end supercars or exotica. Today’s designs should be relatively attainable; let’s keep their starting prices under $100,000. You know, cars for the common peoplekind, as they say in Canada. The model year of your pick must reside between 2010 and 2019.

Here’s mine:

And isn’t it lovely? It’s the original Audi A7. When introduced in 2010, I recall being very unsure about this new four-door liftback experiment from the conservative people at Audi. As an Audi traditionalist, prior owner of three Audis, and an apologist for their maladies as they age, I’d had a set of characteristics in mind for what an Audi should be and how it should look. Namely, the only acceptable shapes for Audis were coupes with trunk or liftback, sedans, or wagons. And that’s it.

But what I didn’t realize at the time was that Audi was about to go the Same Sausage Different Length approach with its models, standardizing the appearance of even the prestigious A8 along strict corporate design lines. So this new Audi which didn’t fit the mold ended up being, relatively speaking, the only unique design the brand offered. Sameness and crossovers, that’s what Audi was about post-2010.

Then I started seeing the A7 in traffic. I noticed its proportions, sleek shape, and little details. Like how the A7 had different wheels to other Audis, and how the Audi Rings played inside the rear tail lamps. A decade on it still looks great, especially in dark colors. The original A7 is easily my pick for best standard car design of the 2010s.

If you’ve got a better pick, let’s hear it.

[Images: General Motors, Audi]

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