- Top Gear attempts to prove that hot hatchbacks from their youth are better than their modern equivalents.
- They each buy a ‘classic’ hot hatch and face a series of challenges.
- Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Hugh Bonneville.
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Challenge: The team attempt to prove that the hot hatchbacks of their youth were better than their modern equivalents by buying a ‘classic’ example of the breed each and then undertaking a series of challenges. Richard purchases a Vauxhall Nova SRi, James buys a Ford Fiesta XR2i and Jeremy buys a Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI. Richard blows up his Vauxhall’s engine in the second last challenge. James’ Fiesta and Jeremy’s Golf get destroyed in the last challenge
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey, driving the Vauxhall Astra Tech Line, who set a time of 1.50.1 in the wet track.
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car