The TG Nan Prix
Four of Britain’s least expensive cars. One Stig. No optional extras. Will any survive?
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
He wanders over to the Twingo and pokes the A-pillar inquisitively. Why the Twingo, I'm not sure. Maybe it's emitting the faint smell of RenaultSport. Maybe it's the ham sandwich in the boot. Satisfied, it seems, that the little Renault is at least a vehicle, Stig hops into the driver's seat and, with an anguished moan of tyres, buzzes off down the straight and into a corner. Let the games begin!
Now might be good time to admit the ulterior motive to this test. Last year, after a magnificent cross-Italy hoon in a rental i10, I proclaimed the Hyundai to be the greatest car on the planet, a heady concoction of no-frills honesty, sprightly handling and one of the finest gearshifts in history. Despite some frank discussions with TopGear colleagues, this opinion has remained unmoved. Here's where I prove I'm right.