What’s the best sporting SUV on sale today? It’s a question Top Gear are attempting to answer in Episode 6 of Series 25.
And so it was that Matt, Chris and Rory arrived at Burghley House with an Alfa Stelvio, a Volvo XC60 and a Range Rover Velar, whereupon they were ordered to saddle up and take part in a series of equestrian-inspired challenges, including an arena show-jumping event, and a cross-country race through Burghley’s grand, really-quite-bumpy grounds.
Now, some people will tell you that modern SUVs can’t cope with being jumped several feet in the air. This is completely untrue. The jumping, no problem at all. It’s the landing at the end that causes all the problems. Cue a very thorough consumer test of the engine mountings of three expensive SUVs. And, afterwards, some rather awkward phone calls to the nice people who had lent us said SUVs.
Not many cars have a tougher task ahead of them than the new Alpine A110. Not only must it enter the sports car arena that’s ruled, nay – owned by the Porsche Cayman – but it has a great responsibility on its petite shoulders. The new Alpine must do justice to the heritage of its name, and the rally-bred sports cars of the 1960s that inspired it.
So, we can’t blame Chris for driving a little further than the Top Gear test track onto one of Alpine’s favourite stomping grounds: the Monte Carlo rally, to drive one of 2018’s most exciting new cars on the roads it was built for. You’ll want to stick around for the whole film to check out the, erm, heated verdict.
Plus, Jason Manford is the Star in our Reasonably Fast Car.
Top Gear Series 25 Episode 6 will be available Sunday 1st April on BBC Two HD and BBC iPlayer. Rory Reid’s companion show Extra Gear is on at 9pm, BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.