The TG Nan Prix
Four of Britain’s least expensive cars. One Stig. No optional extras. Will any survive?
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
Stig has switched into the Suzuki. I'm not sure he's ever driven a mint-green car before. In truth, I'm a bit worried about this one. Yesterday, on a cross-country B-road thrash in these cars, the Alto revealed itself to be... what's the word? Ah, yes. [A very rude word.] Though the little three-cylinder engine is charmingly raucous, sounding like a tiny, tinny washer-dryer on the final spin cycle when you give it death, the rest of the car is as torpid as week-old roadkill. Difficult to believe that the Alto was actually ‘set up' in any active sense by engineers, at least not engineers that had ever seen a road with corners and bumps. Faced with a lumpy bit of tarmac, the Alto clangs into the first rut and sinks down, defeated. The steering and front wheels divorced some years ago, and the brake pedal is squishier than James Corden's midriff.