Not all cars are created equally. Some are born to be fast. Some were churned out to be slow. Some had no hope of ever being kept on for a second generation model.
Then there were some that were born to be funky.
Because this Thursday (October 5th) is National Get Funky Day, we thought this would be the ideal opportunity to highlight those super positive cars that let motorists express their funky side…
When it comes to mainstream cars, few have as much funk as Nissan’s jaunty Juke.
It has angles that’ll take your eye out if you’re not careful yet it is reasonably priced (starting at under £15k) and it’s super fun to drive.
The Juke caused a stir when it originally arrived at the start of the decade but these days, its uniquely funky nature is a widely accepted element of the automotive landscape. It also paved the way for many other funky entrants in this list. Like the…
Yep, without the Juke, Kia probably wouldn’t have had the balls to develop the hip-to-be-square Soul.
As a musical genre, funk was a by-product of soul with bands such as Chic and KC & The Sunshine Band taking inspiration from the likes of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. Similarly, funky cars continue to emerge thanks partly to the Kia Soul.
This boxy compact SUV is distinctly funky though, with youthful curves where it counts and a universally enjoyable driving experience. As if that wasn’t enough funk, there’s also an electric version.
Citroen Cactus M
The C4 Cactus found in any Citroen dealership in Europe is a very funky car in its regular guise, with dent-absorbing bubbles on the side panels and a silhouette that channels the VW Beetle.
However, the summer-focused Cactus M concept paraded at 2015’s Frankfurt Motor Show cranks up the funk.
It can handle most terrains and the minimal interior, which has been designed for maximum funk, is entirely waterproof; you could literally jump in after getting out of the sea without
the fear of ruining the salt-resistant fabric seats while draining foot wells mean you won’t create little puddles.
There’s more than one funky car in Citroen’s range and we really couldn’t exclude the cheeky DS3 supermini from this list.
Refreshed early last year, the DS3 has been a runaway success with youthful drivers, thanks partly to its sub-£14k starting price but also to its infectious look. The cabrio version turns the DS3’s funk to the max.
A direct yet more expensive rival to the DS3, the Mini Hatch may be far removed from its actually mini original from the 1960s, but it still packs an undeniable amount of cool in 2017.
This summer saw the entire Mini range updated with an enhance cockpit instrument, boasting a new night design, as well as revised head-up display and driving modes.