The last car I owned that got "dinged" for being quirky was one of my all time favorites. My 1994 VW Passat had so much soul, uniqueness and driving pleasure that it could not be mistaken for the Camry/Lexus/Honda blandness that is so common in just about every vehicle on the road.
Consumer Reports also knocked my 2001 BMW X5 (with 5 speed manual) for "poor" reliability, which I drove with delight for 14 years.
You want an appliance for a car, then buy a super-reliable boring car. I'll take the Stelvio.