Welcome to Top Gear magazine’s round up of The Best Cars In The World. That might seem a trite observation, but after much deliberation, haranguing and three bouts of raised voices, the vehicles we will present to you over the coming week represent the cars that TG magazine would happily recommend to family and best friends, without reservation.
Any of these cars - within their brief - are the best at what they do. They are the TG benchmarks, the class leaders.
There are three loose price points to scale our ambition: an attainable version, an aspiration and a dream.
So, allow us to guide you through the cars you should consider before all else. Today, it’s the really efficient stuff…
In the infant years of any technology, different inventors propose diverse solutions. Look at the heterogeneityof powered heavier-than-air flying machines in the decade after the Wright brothers took off in 1903, or of smartphones in the decade after 1996’s Nokia Communicator. But, in the end, some sort of consensus gets established. With electrified cars, we’ve not yet recognisably arrived at that moment of convergent evolution. Actually, because the technology offers so many possibilities, it’ll be a long time before we do. If ever.
Anyway, it’s a pretty startling fact that these three cars, all well-developed and fun to drive for several miles on pure electric, are among us at all. Just four years ago, you couldn’t buy any plug-in car in the UK. Only the dire G-Wiz and other cyclecars.
Pictures: John Wycherley
This feature was originally published in the September 2014 issue of Top Gear magazine