Reviews: Zenvo ST1
Features: Trip through Ukraine in compact hatchbacks: (Volkswagen Up! • Ford Fiesta • Dacia Sandero)
Guest: James Blunt
Original air date: February 16, 2014
The trio head out for a road trip across Ukraine, to its northern border with Belarus, each taking a small, underpowered but fuel efficient hatchback, to prove which one gives the best fun when driving it – Hammond seeks to prove the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost is the best, Clarkson argues that the Volkswagen Up! is the one to go for, and May attempts to show that the Dacia Sandero has more fun than the other two. On their trip, the trio visit the Crimean Peninsula, find ways to make the travel bearable by learning something new along the way, and then attempt to avoid entering Pripyat by running out of fuel before reaching the 30–kilometre checkpoint on the border of the radiation contaminated Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, with the unlucky presenters forced to drive on and hope they don’t run out while driving through the abandoned city. Elsewhere, Clarkson reflects on Denmark’s contribution to motoring on the form of the Zenvo STI, and James Blunt talks about his deployment in the Kosovo War and his new album, before seeing how fast he was on the track in the Astra.