Doppelgangers: Ordinary Cars that Resemble Other Higher-End Cars

CH Auto Lithia EV / Audi R8

CH Auto Lithia EV / Audi R8

Volkswagen CC / Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Volkswagen CC / Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Landwind X7 / Range Rover Evoque

Landwind X7 / Range Rover Evoque

Chrysler Crossfire / Bentley Continental GT

Chrysler Crossfire / Bentley Continental GT

Audi S3 / Audi S8

Audi S3 / Audi S8

Geely Englon SC7-RV / Bentley Bentayga

Geely Englon SC7-RV / Bentley Bentayga

Chrysler 300 / Rolls-Royce Ghost

Chrysler 300 / Rolls-Royce Ghost

Kia Amanti / Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Kia Amanti / Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Kia K900 / BMW 7-Series

Kia K900 / BMW 7-Series

JAC Heyue SC Coupe / Ferrari California

JAC Heyue SC Coupe / Ferrari California

Ford Explorer Sport / Range Rover Sport

Ford Explorer Sport / Range Rover Sport

Mazda 3 / Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Mazda 3 / Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Lincoln Continental / Bentley Flying Spur

Lincoln Continental / Bentley Flying Spur

Hyundai Genesis / Mercedes S-Class

Hyundai Genesis / Mercedes S-Class

Geely GE / Rolls-Royce Phantom

Geely GE / Rolls-Royce Phantom

Ford Fusion / Aston Martin Rapide

Ford Fusion / Aston Martin Rapide

Beijing Auto B80VJ / Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Beijing Auto B80VJ / Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Volkswagen Jetta / Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen Jetta / Volkswagen Phaeton

Kia Carens / BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

Kia Carens / BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

SEAT Córdoba / Alfa Romeo 159

SEAT Córdoba / Alfa Romeo 159

Do you ever get two cars confused with one another because they look so similar?  Uhhh yeah me neither! …cough cough.  Prideful car enthusiasts won’t admit falling for mistaken identities, nonetheless most of us will do this from time to time.  The truth is that there is a number of cars that look relatively similar to each other, with some being nearly identical twin ‘doppelganger cars’.

Our list of doppelganger cars is specifically targeted towards relatively ordinary / affordable models (top of picture) coupled with the more expensive model that it resembles (bottom of picture).

Some of the car design similarities are the fault of the automotive designers for perhaps either a lack of creativity, or playing it safe with current style trends already in other cars.  Of course it’s possible that some cars resemble the more prestigious model entirely by coincidence.

Other times it’s not the designers as much as a corporate initiative to deliberately copy other manufactures’ successful designs.  On that note, here’s a tip. Next time you visit China and you think you see a Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or Hummer.  Look close.  China has the second most billionaires of any country, so it could be legit.  But Chinese car design knockoffs have become legendary.  Either way, take a picture because even though it’s a copycat car, it’s still fascinating.

While a number of the cars on our list are similar from end to end, others show similarities only in certain angles. This car doppelgangers list ranges from ones with an unambiguous visual relation to another car, to models where the similarities could spark debate among enthusiasts.  Make sure to post a comment below and voice your opinion.

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