Top Gear: Series 21, Episode 1

  • 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.

Episode Guide

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News: BMW’s new 3-cylinder hybrid, the i8; litter bugs; the new F1 car nose; the new Lexus RC-F; the new Mercedes S-class has thermal imaging; wishing Michael Schumacher a full recovery.

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

Hugh Bonneville
1:50.10 (wet)


Rating: 9.0/10. From 192 votes.
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  1. Brilliant episode, quite harsh sometimes a little bit staged probably, but the rest of the episode was funny and entertaining for all the ages. For the people who complain saying they want only supercars, lets remind that this cheap car challenges are the most famous and funny characteristics of TG!

    • Good to see them back. The cheap hot hatchback challenge was a great idea, but the staging was over the top, especially the two TGPD explosions. Would be nice if the scripting wasn’t THAT obvious, the guys in their cheap cars should have been funny enough without all the overacting. Loved the moustaches, though.

      • Thank god for the cheap car challenge in this episode , I was hoping they weren’t extinct but once I had heard of the challange in jan I was jumping with excitement but it was different to the other cheap car challanges , still loved it 😀

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