Top Gear has not always been nice to car manufacturers and though Jeremy Clarkson et al have driven their fair share of the best on earth – there’s been some turds along the way. That said, it’s not as if they shy away from titling such a calibre of vehicle, what it actually is. So, let’s look at some of the cars Top Gear took apart.
Clarkson decided that if Vauxhall couldn’t be bothered to make a car that provided any interest, then he would have absolutely no interest in driving it. Of course, this really irritated Vauxhall and also General Motors in Germany and saw Clarkson as enemy number 1 in the Vauxhall factory. However, it is a pretty poor attempt at a car and Clarkson was pretty much spot on with his appraisal.
Once more another Vauxhall set for testing and another pasting from Jeremy Clarkson. The Vauxhall Frontera was created as a lifestyle SUV, but the UK was having none of this American marketing speak for soft off roader. The Frontera was a hit among no nothing boy racers and caused the boom in lacklustre SUVs.
The Corolla was a car that was always despised by Top Gear and one deemed by them to be a ‘grimly functional tool of transport’. Since 1966 the Corolla has sold in huge numbers worldwide, at a rate of one a second for the last 40 years supposedly. Top Gear didn’t think so when they reviewed it in the mid-90s and claimed it caused every real driver to die inside a little. Not one for car leasing.
A car supposedly so lacking in positives in both form and function it was impressive. The Ssanyong Rodius was even maligned in Korea, a country not known for stylish machines by any standard. According to Top Gear, it chopped all the ugly parts off every other ugly car in existence and then welded them together. Frankly, we agree. It’s a hideous attempt at a car and one that you could say disappoints and that would be keeping it nice.
The little TVR is one of Blackpool’s attempts at making a sports car. Unfortunately, it seems to have been put together by the fairground workers that the city is most famous for. The Cerbera is one of the fastest production cars in the world, but is famed for its unreliability. It also doesn’t have any safety features, meaning you’re probably safer when it is broken down on the side of the road.
So, there you have it – some of the worst and most despised cars in Britain all thanks to Top Gears more than influential say on matters automotive. Fortunately, they are right on the button.
Cormac Reynolds writes for auto leasing and contract hire company First Vehicle Leasing, who provide car leasing in the UK.