Tbh I enjoy feature like the one on buying the Merc and BMW cars cheaper than that Nissan more than anything else. That's classic Top Gear.
We need more "buy supercars for less than £xxxx" challenges. Cross continental races. Maybe take a car to an old English village, talk about the car's history and heritage, talk about the sentimental values of the car and review it in that manner.
I think Top Gear are forgetting that the reason we fell in love with this show in the first place was because of all those things. Now they've changed it so much for entertainment purposes.
Also I kind of feel insulted when they try to pass off stuff as an accident to the viewers when it's clearly scripted. The man set on fire by 'accident' in Norway.
The hot hatch challenge in Italy - Jezza just happened to be passing an old swampy river where he saw an abandoned bicycle in the water which just happened to be one of the items on the list.
I'm afraid this is what happens when a show becomes super popular and watched by the masses. The petrol head car stuff wouldn't really interest the masses.
Still love this show though
imo the best of British television.