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BBC Top Gear team reveal their cars of the year at 2022 TopGear.com Awards

BBC Top Gear presenters Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have revealed their cars of the year at 2022 TopGear.com Awards.

The Honda Civic Type R was the star of the show, picking up three awards for overall Car of the Year, Hot Hatch of the Year, and Chris Harris’ Car of the Year.

“I’m so happy that Honda has had the balls to make a new hot hatch, nobody seems to want to build them anymore,” said Chris.

“I love the nods to its heritage; the red Alacantara, the little metal gear lever, it’s a car that makes me smile.

“It’s the right size in a world where everything is excessive and overpowered, it just hits the spot, and when I drove it at Dunsfold. I found myself behaving badly and that’s what really matters.”

Paddy McGuinness named the Range Rover his car of the year, saying: “It’s absolutely beautiful, it ticks all the boxes, especially if you want to go off-roading in a car that’s going to cost you well over £100k… which you won’t, but it’s nice to know it’s got the capabilities.

“Chris and I took it off-roading and the places it can go are crazy, but the sad thing is that 99 per cent of buyers are never going to use it to the full extent, it’ll shuttle back and forth on the school run, never leaving the tarmac.

“However, if you’re a lottery winner and you live on a massive farm, you’ll be amazed at what this thing can do.”

Freddie Flintoff chose his teenage dream car, the Peugeot 205 GTI Tolman. “I know people are going to say it’s not a new car, but it’s a restomod, so it sort of is.

“Bottom line, of all the cars I’ve driven this series it’s the one I had most fun in. I wanted one when I was 19 or 20 and I couldn’t get insured, so this was the first time I’ve driven one… and it was an absolute treat.

“When I got in it around Dunsfold it didn’t let me down, it was a revelation. No gizmos, no hi-tech stuff, just a proper drivers car. I think a better driver could of got even more out of the tyres too.

“Downsides? Well £45k is punchy for an old Peugeot, but with the price of news cars, and the fact that Peugeot will sell you a hybrid 508 estate for £60k, I don’t actually think it’s that bad.”

The full list of winners is:

  • Car of the Year: Honda Civic Type R
  • Hot hatch of the Year: Honda Civic Type R
  • Chris Harris’ Car of the Year: Honda Civic Type R
  • Freddie’s Car of the Year: Peugeot 205 GTI Toleman Edition
  • Paddy’s Car of the Year: Range Rover
  • Manufacturer of the Year: Kia
  • Instant Icon Award: Hyundai N Vision 74
  • Family Hatch of the Year: Vauxhall Astra
  • MPV MVP of the Year: VW ID. Buzz
  • Bargain of the Year: MG4
  • Reader’s Choice Award: Dacia Jogger
  • Noise of the Year: Pagani Huayra R
  • American Car of the Year: Ford F-150 Lightning
  • Performance Car of the year: Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
  • Sports Car of the Year: Toyota GR86
  • Luxury Car of the Year: Range Rover
  • Hypercar of the Year: Koenigsegg Jesko
  • Car we’re most looking forward to driving in 2023: Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato
  • Supercar of the Year: Ferrari 296 GTB

Top Gear Magazine editor Jack Rix said: “TopGear doesn’t do awards like everyone else. We don’t draw up a list of categories neatly defined by established body shapes and sizes, because automotive is an industry that refuses to be put into a box. Far better, we say, to simply gather up the greatest new cars launched in the last 12 months and celebrate the genius in each and every one of them.

“I’ve never known a year where the innovation and bandwidth of the car industry has been on such dazzling display. As hybrids wedge firmly into the performance car space, EVs infiltrate everything, design daring continues its rise and pure petrol cars rage against the dying of the light, we’ve been treated to a perfect storm of new and interesting stuff. Congrats to all our winners, but especially the spectacular Honda Civic Type R.”

The awards ceremony was streamed live on the show’s YouTube channel on November 30 and can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/topgear

Order books for the Honda Type R opened today (November 30) with the car available with just engine option: a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine – the strongest, most powerful VTEC Turbo ever produced by Honda.

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