Top Gear presenters Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have revealed their top cars the 2022 Awards

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

This year’s winners were revealed at a star-studded ceremony in West London then premiered virtually on the Top Gear YouTube account at 8am 30th November (and is available to watch now). While Paddy opted for the £100k Range Rover, Freddie voted for his teenage dream car, the Peugeot 205 GTI Tolman and Chris went for the car that got him behaving badly – the winning Honda Civic Type R.

Paddy said: “My car of the year 2022 has got to be the Range Rover. 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 percent 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.” 

Commenting on his chosen car, Freddie said: “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.”

Chris added: “I’m so happy that Honda has had the balls to make a new hot hatch, nobody seems to want to build them anymore. I love the nods to its heritage; the red Alacantara, the little metal gearlever, 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.” 

20 awards were given out on the night, voted for by the TopGear team, but it was the Honda Civic Type R that 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.

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, EV’s 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 of storm of new and interesting stuff. Congrats to all our winners, but especially the spectacularly Honda Civic Type R.”

Full list of award winners

  • 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 
  • Moment of the Year: McMurtry Spéirling
  • 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 

You can watch the Awards here and pick up the December issue of Top Gear Magazine now from all good retailers.


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