The thing about the looks of an AR is that if you don't like it, it's not terribly hard to make it your own, via Ceracote, paint, and any number of furniture options. While eliminating the basic structure of an AR is difficult, making it your own is simply a matter of putting forth the effort and cash.
If the Mini 14 doesn't float your boat and the ARs just don't do it for you, there is always the option of going for the deeper pocket option of an FN SCAR 16. I know if I had deep enough pockets, I'd have one.
MSgt, USAF, Retired
NRA Life Member
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see. - Ayn Rand