Top Gear: Series 19, Episode 4

  • Jeremy compares the Vauxhall Astra VXR, Ford Focus ST and Renault Megane RenaultSport Cup.
  • Jeremy takes the new Kia Cee’d on a thorough road test.
  • Richard is in Mexico road testing the Mastretta MXT.
  • Jeremy and James play Car Rugby.
  • Star in a Reasonably Priced Car: Lewis Hamilton.

Episode Guide

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We begin with Jeremy’s review of the Vauxhall Astra VXR, Ford Focus ST and Renault Megane Renault Sport Cup. The Stig did laps of each car, the Focus being the slowest at 1:29.6, the Astra VXR at 1:28.3, and the Megane in 1:27.7. Despite this, Jeremy chose the Astra VXR as the best overall car of the three.

In the news, they discuss the newest cars, such as the Alfa Romeo 4C, the next generation Ford Mustang would be sold in Great Britain, but the UK version would come with a 2.0 EcoBoost engine, and the importance of the handbrake turn in “male development”.

Next up, Jeremy tests the all new Kia Cee’d, putting it through a myriad of strange road tests. Including Matt LeBlanc doing a lap with both the old and new Cee’d, Bruce Willis (in character as John McClane) testing the horn of the Cee’d, Eric Clapton testing its auxiliary input jack, and Jeremy testing the Cee’d’s self parallel parking feature and luggage tray.

Tonight’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is Lewis Hamilton. Lewis opens up about his move from McLaren to Mercedes AMG and takes the old Suzuki Liana around the Test Track, setting the fastest F1 time, a 1:42.9.

Then, as punishment for losing the previous race, Richard is forced to review the Mastretta MXT in Mexico. Minding his words, he states that the MXT was an ambitious undertaking for the first-time manufacturer, but that it had its share of flaws.

Finally, Jeremy and James play car rugby using Kia Cee’ds and Kia Sportages at Twickenham Stadium and the Stig as a referee in a Vauxhall Astra Police car. Jeremy’s team wins.

Some say…

“Some say he contains 47% horse, and that to concentrate more on his work here he has resigned this week from his other job in Rome. All we know is he’s called the Stig!”

Stig Power Laps

Vauxhall Astra VXR
Ford Focus ST
Renault Megane RenaultSport Cup

Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

Lewis Hamilton


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Rating: 8.8/10 (77 votes cast)

Author: Sean McKellar

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Sean has loved cars his entire life. At 21 he launched the popular 80’s Falcon forum, then at 24 created, one of the most popular Top Gear fansites in the world.

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