In yesterday’s Daily Mirror, Top Gear star Richard Hammond hand-picked his current top five motors. We’ve cut out a bit of waffle to take you through his top five picks..
BMW 320d – “Hundreds of thousands of people would like to drive a BMW 3-Series every day. 181bhp, great handling and, even if you drive it ‘enthusiastically’ it will get over 50mpg.” We have used BMW 320d available at VCARS.
Volkswagen Up – “Four wheels, a small 1.0-litre economical three-cylinder petrol engine (50mpg no problem) a simple dashboard with only the dials that you really need. It’s not a cute looking car and it’s not ugly. It’s not fun to drive but it’s not boring, either. The Up is really well made.” We have used Volkswagen Up available at VCARS.
Mazda MX-5 – “One of the best sports cars ever made. The MX-5 was brilliant when it was launched in 1989 and it’s still brilliant, the easiest to own sports car ever made and one of the most fun to drive. Everyone is hailing the new Toyota GT-86 as a refreshing return to cars that don’t have outrageous horsepower and unusable performance but the little Mazda has been demonstrating this for almost 25 years.” We have used Mazda MX-5 at VCARS
RenaultSport Clio 200 Cup – “Renault is still making the best hot hatches the world has ever seen. The Clio 200 has all the fun, handling and performance of iconic hot hatches from the 1980s but it adds build quality and safety to the mix. If you can never afford anything more exotic than the Clio 200 Cup then do not be downhearted because people who own Ferraris and Lamborghinis are not actually having a lot more fun than you are.” We have used RenaultSport Clio 200 Cup at VCARS
Kia Rio – “How straightforward it must be to be a Kia salesman. No need to baffle punters with unnecessary technical talk; no need to trot out pointless marketing babble. The latest star in the camp is the Rio, available with a three-cylinder diesel engine that uses hardly any fuel at all. It looks attractive inside and out and doesn’t contain any pointless gadgets. It’s simply a sound family hatchback that sells itself.” We have used Kia Rio at VCARS.