Reviews: Hot hatchbacks: (Renaultsport Clio 200 • Peugeot 208 GTi • Ford Fiesta ST)
Features: AC45 Racing Yacht vs Toyota Corolla • Introduction of the new Reasonably Priced Car: Vauxhall Astra
Guests: Brian Johnson • Charles Dance • Warwick Davis • Joss Stone • Jimmy Carr • David Haye • Rachel Riley • Mike Rutherford • Sir Ben Ainslie
Original air date: June 30, 2013
Clarkson travels to New Zealand to see if a Toyota Auris can get from the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to the northern tip of the North Island faster than the America’s Cup-winning AC45 sailing boat, crewed by May, Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie and a number of members from Oracle Team USA. Meanwhile, Hammond reviews three hot hatchbacks on the track – the Peugeot 208 GTi, the Renaultsport Clio 200, and the Ford Fiesta ST – to see which is the best to drive. Finally, the Kia Cee’d has been retired, and in its place is a Vauxhall Astra Tech Line, leading Hammond and Clarkson to hosting a party and inviting celebrities to join it and see if they can get a fast time in the Astra.