Former “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson is one of Britain’s most famous and controversial media personalities.
However, the TV host is also a veteran automotive journalist and reviewer with more than three decades’ worth of experience.
In August, Clarkson revealed the cars he hated driving the most this year, though his weekly Sunday Times column. The list of 10 cars consists mostly of models not available in the US. However, there were three cars featured on the list that are within reach of American consumers.
Clarkson, who is now the front man on Amazon Prime’s “The Grand Tour,” was dismissed in 2015 from the BBC program he helped build into a global juggernaut, following a physical altercation with a producer.
Here’s a closer look at the three cars on Clarkson’s list that are available in the US.
BMW X1 xDrive25D
Clarkson complained that the new second-generation BMW X1 compact crossover felt cheaply made and lacked the feel of a real BMW. In his review, Clarkson wrote, “It has a BMW badge, but it doesn’t feel, sound, or drive like any Beemer I’ve been in.”
In addition, the veteran automotive journalist called his top-of-the-line, diesel-powered test car “lethargic on-road, useless off-road.”
Clarkson gave the X1 two out of a possible five stars.
Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Even though the Nissan GT-R is one of the few cars to receive five out of five stars from Clarkson, his hatred of the stripped-down GT-R Track Edition runs as deep as his love for the standard model.
Clarkson complained that the zero-star Track Edition’s twitchy handling and rock-hard suspension make the car way too difficult to drive.
“Drive over a manhole cover and you get some idea of what it might be like to be involved in a plane crash,” Clarkson wrote.
“The standard GT-R is a five-star car. It is one of the very, very best cars in the world,” he wrote. “And yet this track-day abomination gets no stars at all. Because it’s pretty much useless.”
Infiniti Q30 (QX30)
The Q30, which will be sold in the US as the QX30, is Infiniti’s entrant into the compact luxury crossover genre.
In his review, Clarkson praised the Infiniti’s exterior and interior styling. However, the former “Top Gear” host railed against the car’s diesel engine, which he says is way too noisy. It should be noted that Infiniti will not offer the diesel-engine option in the US.
In addition, Clarkson said he found the ride to be unpredictable and its rear cabin too cramped.