Yes, the Nissan GT-R actually made this list.
Jeremy Clarkson recently penned a top 10 list for The Sunday Times filled with his favorite cars from the past year or so. Of course with every top 10 list comes an inevitable not top 10, which we now have courtesy once again of The Sunday Times. While there were a few surprises on Clarkson’s list of favorite cars this one is more by the book. There is only one real shocker here: the Nissan GT-R Track Edition. Its inclusion seems to be due to the fact that the ride is horribly uncomfortable anywhere but the track.
Another hardcore car “The Grand Tour” host ended up hating was the Zenos E10 S. Clarkson admits that the E10 S is for the track yet he mostly drove it on the road. Of course a car with no windows or roof is going to be a crap daily driver! Like the last list there are quite a few Europe-only models that we’re unfamiliar with. We won’t pass judgement on cars like the Seat Leon X-Perience SE Technology or the Skoda Superb SE L Executive but we will take Clarkson’s word for it that they are dreadful to drive. One car we will say looks absolutely horrible to be behind the wheel of (or in) is the Hyundai i800. How much did Jezza hate this thing? “I would rather apply sun cream to James May’s back than travel again in a Hyundai i800,” he wrote.
Being a bore to drive, soulless design and having an underpowered engine or loud engine (that didn’t make any power) were all common complaints. These issues are universal among gearheads. Not all cars need to make 500 hp and be designed by Italians. But they should offer power when asked and look as if the person who penned them wasn’t taking inspiration from a cardboard box. The complete list of Clarkson’s not top 10 cars—in no particular order—is as follows: Vauxhall Astra SRi NAV, Infiniti Q30 Premium Tech, Skoda Superb SE L Executive, Zenos E10 S, Renault Kadjar dCi 130 Signature Nav, BMW X1 xDrive25d, Seat Leon X-Perience SE Technology, Nissan GT-R Track Edition, Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TDI and Hyundai i800.