Whether it’s being violently hangry, being involved with some public controversy or having the increasingly popular title of “Ex-Top Gear Presenter,” Jeremy Clarkson is most known for, above all, his wealth of knowledge and love of cars. Over the course of 22 seasons of Top Gear, when Clarkson had something to say about cars, we all listened.
In his column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson made his list of top ten cars of the past two years official. And we must say, we whole heartedly agree with his picks — for the most part. A diesel Vauxhall Zafira? Come on, really?
Jeremy Clarkson’s Top 10 Cars
2015 – 2016
Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport Recaro
Clarkson’s Verdict: “It’s a cure for depression, this car, it really is. You just can’t be in a bad mood when you’re driving it.”
Our Verdict: “The lines were sharpened, and the curves given more muscle; the look of the car finally matches the race track potential and aggressive ways the car can actually be driven.” Read our review.
Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé
Clarkson’s Verdict: “It’s a terrible car. And yet I adored it. Every other vehicle, with its perfect refinement and its perfect electrics, cannot help but feel like a machine. Whereas the Alfa, with its flaws and its tendency to go where it wants, feels human.
Our Verdict: “It boasts the curves of a $300,000 supercar, enough precision steering to slosh your organs, and a turbo dump with enough swoosh to make Nike sue for infringement.” Read our review.
Mercedes-AMG GT S
Clarkson’s Verdict: “This is a modern-day muscle car. It’s Merc’s Mustang. You sense this when you drive it. It feels raw.”
Our Verdict: “What we’ve just witnessed is the culmination of years of AMG HQ’s most intense R&D since the spectacular gull-winged SLS”. Read our review.
Ford Focus RS
Clarkson’s Verdict: “Even at James May speeds, on a roundabout in Hounslow, this car feels cleverer than is normal. It feels like a Nissan GT-R.”
Our Verdict: Coming soon. But rest assured, it’s very good.
Ford Mustang Fastback 5.0 V8 GT
Clarkson’s Verdict: “What it is, is a muscle car. And you sense that in the second yard. This is a machine that wants to turn its tires into smoke and go round every corner sideways.”
Our Verdict: “Like the bourbon coming from Kentucky these days, it’s redefining the way the world looks at a classic all-American product.” Read our review.