The clowns over at TopGear have released their 2010 list of car awards in a number of interesting categories. The popular BBC car show has a massive following and many of their car reviews and opinions are taken as law, thus making this list even more important. However, many of their favourite vehicles are just a little out of the average person’s budget, which does lessen the practicality of the list, they did however choose a non-supercar for their Car of the Year, which is good.
TopGear Favorite Cars ListCar of the Year and Small Car of the Year: Citroen DS3
"Most cars feel like they've been edited down from something else. The DS3 does not. It is, for its completeness and rounded set of abilities, a bloody triumph..."
Hypercar of the Year: Koenigsegg Agera
"One of the most devastating road cars ever built. It detonates like a 3,000lb bomb, but the Agera is much more sophisticated than its fission-spec powertrain suggests."
Cabrio of the Year: Maserati GranCabrio
"Refined grand tourer this may be, but the GranCabrio is still a Maserati: uniquely Italian, seductive and familiar."
Grand Tourer of the Year: Bentley Continental GT
"A bruising GT with the pace of a sports car and the luxury and civility of a limousine."
Hot Hatch of the Year: Volkswagen Golf R
"It's difficult to know where to start in praising this car, because it's extraordinarily good at so many things..."
Family Car of the Year: BMW 320d Touring
"If the 520d Touring were to put an advert on a dating website, potential prospects would think it a liar. It offers such a comprehensive set of interlocking genius that it sounds too good to be true..."
Engine of the Year: Fiat TwinAir
"A little bundle of energy, charm and downright saintliness to prove our good old friend the gasoline engine is still alive and very much kicking..."
Coupe of the Year: Peugeot RCZ
"A beautifully balanced car, easy to drive quickly. The RCZ devours roads with a fluency and ease that most small hot cars simply can't manage."
Luxury Car of the Year: Jaguar XJ
"Rarely has a new car slackened so many jaws. A genuine ambitious Jaguar, a blast from the future rather than the past. It handles like the future, too."
Jeremy Clarkson’s Car of the Year: Pagani Zonda R
"When your head is pinned into the headrest and your ears are bleeding and you're frightened by the speed and the savagery and the thrill of it all... who cares if you can't take it shopping in the drizzle?"
James May’s Car of the Year: Bugatti Veyron Supersport
"If you can drive, you can drive the Bugatti. It appears to be a glorious irrelevance, but in fact it couldn't be more pertinent."
Richard Hammond’s Car of the Year: Porsche 911 GT2 RS
"Insane, blindingly fast, flamboyant and it goes against everything I've ever said about the 911. Which makes me look like a bit of a monkey."