After telling us a little something about his top 10 favorite cars of this past year, the ex-Top Gear host decided it was time for him to rain down an ungodly firestorm on his 10 least favorite ones.
You can get reacquainted with Clarkson’s top 10 drives of the past year (or so) by clicking here, but if you’re equally interested in finding out exactly the type of cars that didn’t impress him not one bit, then keep on reading.
Just like before, Clarkson used The Sunday Times in order to share his thoughts on these vehicles, and just like with that first article, the order in which he lists them appears to be completely at random.
The former Top Gear host kicks things off with a Vauxhall, and more specifically, the Astra SRi NAV which left him pretty speechless and not in a good way. In other words, aside from the likable color, there was really nothing else special about it.
The full list includes: the Infiniti Q30 Premium Tech, Skoda Superb SE L Executive, Zenos E10 S, Renault Kadjar dCi 130 Signature Nav, previous-gen BMW X1 xDrive25d, Seat Leon X-Perience SE Technology, Nissan GT-R Track Edition, VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI and the Hyundai i800.
The latter he calls “worse than that parasite that burrows into children’s eyes,” saying that he’d rather “apply sun cream to James May’s back than travel again in a Hyundai i800.”
We can’t say we’re that surprised about him not liking a bunch of models like the Astra, or the Kadjar or the Leon. Even saying that the Skoda Superb is an average car is somewhat understandable for somebody like Jeremy Clarkson, but one would think the GT-R Track Edition and the Zenos E10 S would be right up his alley, right?
When discussing the former, he mentions that he had Jimmy Carr as a passenger and that the famous comedian didn’t enjoy the harsh ride not one bit. As for Clarkson, he put it like this: “Drive over a manhole cover and you get some idea of what it might be like to be involved in a plane crash. You actually feel the top of your spine bouncing off inside of your skull.”
As for the Zenos and all of its track-focused glory, the current Grand Tour host had a real issue with the brakes and the absence of ABS.
“An antilock system would solve all that [the front wheels locking up], but the whole point of the Zenos is that you get no driver aids. I like that philosophy, when I’m on a sofa and someone else is doing the driving, in a race, on the television. But a bit less when I’m heading towards a tree in a cloud of my own tire smoke.”
Let us know which of these cars you’d rather see being taken off this list.
JEREMY CLARKSON’S 10 WORST CARS
Vauxhall Astra SRi NAV
Infiniti Q30 Premium Tech
Skoda Superb SE L Executive
Zenos E10 S
Renault Kadjar dCi 130 Signature Nav
BMW X1 xDrive25d
Seat Leon X-Perience SE Technology
Nissan GT-R Track Edition
VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI