Revealed: the winners of the 2021 TopGear.com awards
It's time to celebrate the very finest cars of the year
Saloon of the Year: BMW i4
"We don’t always saddle our awards with such tiring concepts as accuracy or a gluey adherence to definitions. No surprise then that this year’s Saloon of the Year isn’t, ahem, a saloon…"Advertisement - Page continues below
Hyper GT of the Year: Pininfarina Battista
"It’s outrageous that a car weighing this much, that is not marketed on its track abilities, that is supposed to be slightly more laid-back that the Rimac Nevera, is capable of such feral aggression…"
Manufacturer of the Year: Hyundai
"We’ve been here before. Three years ago, we named Hyundai our Manufacturer of the Year. This was based on a trio of impressive products, both naughty (the i30N hot hatch) and nice (the hybrid Ioniq and electric Kona). They all remain on sale, joined by an even more diverse and talented cast of characters…"Advertisement - Page continues below
Engine of the Year: Singer's DLS Project
"Over all the other elements that make the DLS as spectacular as it is, the engine stands proud. It is a masterpiece of engineering…"
All The Car You Need... of the Year: Skoda Fabia
"It’s not very Top Gear to get excited about such a sensible car, but sometimes we too just want to jump in and drive away on an instantly unmemorable journey…"
Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz EQS
"With the EQS, Mercedes is attempting something most carmakers have failed to pull off in the past five decades: build an enduring rival to literally the S-Class of luxury cars…"
Family Hatch of the Year: Renault Megane E-Tech
"It feels low and lithe to drive. It corners precisely, there’s little delay or roll. It’s about 100kg lighter than the VW [ID.3], and feels agile with it even if the steering is numb. It makes use of the low centre of gravity, with a ride that’s free of rocking and pitching. Wind and tyre noise are muted. It’s warm hatch lively, yet serene…"Advertisement - Page continues below
Family Car of the Year: Ford Mustang Mach-E
"The Mach-E is roomy, swift, and while the EV conversation begins and ends with range, it’s the only contender right now that can give Tesla a headache…"
Chris Harris' Car of the Year: Porsche 911 GT3
"What is it about Porsche with these cars? It’s the essence of the company for me..."Advertisement - Page continues below
Concept of the Year: Porsche Mission R
"Point it straight and when the slicks are cold the Mission R is able to spin all four of them off the line. Porsche says 0-62mph is dealt with in 2.5secs. I say Porsche forgot to press stop for a few tenths. It has roughly the same power-to-weight as a Bugatti Chiron…"
Freddie Flintoff's Car of the Year: Ginetta G56 GTA
"The thing that really stood out for me was the noise. I’m used to driving road cars on tracks, but this was a fully fledged racer, and it was making noises that I’ve never heard from a car before…"
Design of the Year: Vauxhall Mokka
"The new Matrix film is out soon but you could be forgiven for thinking that you’re already living in a wobbly wobbly parallel world when TG decrees that a Vauxhall is design of the year. WTAF?"
Paddy McGuinness' Car of the Year: Aston Martin Victor
"It’s been a tricky year, hasn’t it? We’ve had the recent fuel shortages, we’ve seen electric cars come to the forefront, but my Car of the Year would have to be the V12, gas guzzling, Aston Martin Victor…"
Crossover of the Year: Kia EV6
"This is a car that will happily sit between several modes of operation, and also help Kia as a brand make the transition from also-ran to leader…"
American Car of the Year: Ford Bronco
"It does what the best American cars have done for the last 60 years or more: introduces you to a carefree world where everything is going your way. It moves to a Motown rhythm…"
Car We're Most Looking Forward to Driving in 2022: Lotus Emira
"What a breath of fresh air the Lotus Emira is. A sport car. And get this: a sports car without an axe to grind. No hybrid or EV. No mega-digit power outputs. A sports car for today, then. From a marque where yesterday was a long time ago. And it had often looked like tomorrow might never come…"
Apocalypse-Proof Car of the Year: Prodrive BRX Hunter
"Madness and genius are often separated by a worryingly diffuse line, but when you combine madness, genius and purpose, great things can happen. And so it is with the Prodrive BRX Hunter T1+…"
Performance Car of the Year: Hyundai i20N
"The plan - Plan A, that is - was simple. We know the Hyundai i20N is terrific on the track, sublime on British B-roads and entertaining on both in a way that shames cars worth many multiples of its price. But the world is rather more diverse than the Top Gear test track and the B4391. So it stands to reason that the i20N should be able to handle quite a bit more besides…"
Car of the Year: Hyundai i20N
"It took 2,500 miles, 56 muesli bars, two road-killed rabbits and a once-in-a-decade deluge to find out for sure, but we did: the i20N is brilliant for everything you’ll actually use it for, astoundingly good at a bunch of things you won’t and engineered to a standard that no one in their right mind will ever exceed..."