Autocropley ran this list some time back: “The market didn’t want these cars but you should”, it writes.
So, it works like this: they jeer at these cars when they are new and when they are rare and used Autocar tells us how jolly good they are. It can’t be both (the list included the XM, the Scorpio, Rover 75 V8 estate, Volvo S80 V8 and Renault Espace Quadra and Opel Zafira VXR and 607).
I find this exasperating. In killing the commercial prospects of these products, the automotive press dramatically reduces manufacturers’ willingness to make these sorts of cars. There’s a reason the market is flooded with me-too CUVs. I especially dislike Autocropley’s implication that “the market” is distinct from “you”. They mean “we automotive writers discouraged sales of these cars when they were new but now we think you should buy one because they are rare and interesting”. Chully-woo, you too.