The Wikipedia entry on the 914 is here and a fairly detailed history can be linked here. The latter reminds us that mid-mounted engines work well for racers, but are problematical for passenger cars. This design decision certainly forced the 914's planners to come up with creative spatial arrangement solutions. For example, the car had two trunks, one at each end. The rear trunk was sized and shaped to house the car's detachable Targa roof. This was held in place by four clips that, when released, allowed one person to lift the roof off and place it in the rear trunk with the side effect of somewhat reduced storage capacity. In any case, these dimensional requirements affected the car's proportions and styling.
As for the interior, the passenger seat's back was fixed against the engine firewall; a movable footrest was provided to aid comfort. The driver's seat was adjustable. The seating position in both was very close to the ground, legs being stretched out. Nevertheless, this was comfortable for long-distance driving.
You might be wondering why all the 914s shown above are painted that orange-gold color or something similar. That's because orange-gold was the color of my 1971 model 914.
Due to the requirements of its mid-placement of the motor and roof storage, 914's began with a proportional handicap that created difficulties for stylists. I consider it awkward, rather than ugly. I also think a few detail changes might have improved it looks a bit, though beauty was probably doomed from the start.