The cheapest new car you can buy in the UK is the Dacia Sandero. It costs a very reasonable six thousand pounds. Or at least it did when we made the film, though Dacia has very selfishly decided to put the price up by a grand since then – largely, we suspect, to spite us.
Anyhow, for six or indeed seven grand, the Dacia Sandero is indubitably a very reasonable car. But, reckoned our presenters, for that sort of money, you can have something with so much more character. Heritage. Pedigree.
So, each armed with a Sandero-sized amount of money, Matt, Chris and Rory each set out to buy a car of genuinely aristocratic bearing. Something from the likes of Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz…
Purchases secured – purchases that, in some instances, even moved under their own steam for a distance of several metres – our presenters were told to report to the Top Gear test track for a series of challenges. Against the Sandero. Driven by The Stig. Who, it’s fair to say, isn’t a great fan of budget Romanian hatchbacks. And, as if that wasn’t enough to kill their ‘classics’ once and for all, there was then the small matter of a six-hour endurance race at Silverstone.
Cue one of Top Gear’s most car-punishing films of recent times.
Episode 4’s Star in a Reasonably Fast Car is Matt Baker. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.