Fifth Gear Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Fifth Gear: Season 22 (2013 - 2014)

  • Season 22 Episode 18: Rally Driving 101

    Mark Higgins and Nicky Grist teach rally driving to Jason and Tiff; Vicki presents affordable rally cars for the road; Jonny tests an Audi Quattro model.

  • Season 22 Episode 17: Icon Showdown

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato take the new versus the old Golf challenge, and there is a drag race between the Mercedes E55 AMG and the Mercedes E520 CDI

  • Season 22 Episode 16: Smith, Bakkerud and Loeb

    Jonny Smith heads to France to watch former World Rally Championship winner Petter Solberg and Andreas Bakkerud compete in a rally, before getting behind the wheel himself

  • Season 22 Episode 15: European NASCAR

    Tiff heads to Le Mans, France, for a European race series much like the American NASCAR events; Vicki tests the Rolls-Royce Wraith; Jonny puts Renault's electric Zoe supermini to the test.

  • Season 22 Episode 14: Vicki Joins the Special Forces

    Former marine sniper Aldo Kane teaches Vicki Butler-Henderson the techniques used in special forces driving, then Jonny Smith checks out a modified Capri that will challenge a Nissan GTR

  • Season 22 Episode 13: Audi RS6 vs. Mercedes E63

    The Audi RS6 takes on the Mercedes-Benz E63; Jonny tests the Range Rover Sport's all-terrain abilities; Vicki reveals the best secondhand super saloons; Jonny examines Volvo's hybrid vehicle.

  • Season 22 Episode 12: Indy 500

    Jonny goes behind the scenes at the Indianapolis 500; Tiff tests the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG against an Aston Martin; Vicki visits a high-tech lab to see what happens when a car's motor oil isn't changed.

  • Season 22 Episode 11: Dakar Rally

    Vicky experiences the three most difficult jobs in motor sports; Jason tests the Lamborghini Aventador roadster; Kia's hot hatch is pitted against a Renault Sport rival.

  • Season 22 Episode 10: Budget Bertone

    Jason and Tiff conduct their fastest track test ever with the help of driver Bruno Senna; Jonny visits the headquarters of Italian automobile company Bertone to test their latest supercar; Vicki explores budget-priced Bertone vehicles.

  • Season 22 Episode 9: The Flying Spur

    Vicki Butler-Henderson visits the Nurburgring Grand Prix track in Germany, where she joins the crews of double European champion Jochen Hahn and former British truck racing champion Dave Jenkins

  • Season 22 Episode 8: Volvo S60 Polestar

    The Volvo S60 Polestar, Volkswagen GTI and Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake are put through their paces; Jason reveals budget-priced thrill cars.

  • Season 22 Episode 7: Aston Martin 100th Anniversary

    Tiff and Jason drive some famous vehicles from the 100-year history of Aston Martin; Vicki takes an electric Land Rover on rough ground; testing the Citroen DS3 convertible.

  • Season 22 Episode 6: Mercedes G63 AMG

    The Caterham 7 challenges rivals; Jason gives his opinion on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG; Vicki gets behind the wheel of a Peugeot 205 GTI; Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

  • Season 22 Episode 5: Bentley Headquarters

    Cheap hot hatches battle it out; Vicki tests the Donkervoort D8 GTO at Circuit Park Zandvoort; Jonny visits the headquarters of Bentley Motors, then drives the Mulsanne.

  • Season 22 Episode 4: Aston Martin Vanquish

    Tiff investigates the trend of updating classic vehicles with modern components; Jason and professional driver Bruno Senna take the Aston Martin Vanquish through Wales' mountain roads; Vicki tests must-have gadgets for motorists.

  • Season 22 Episode 3: McLaren 12C Spider

    Johnny reveals how vehicles are crash-tested in the 21st century; Tiff gets behind the wheel of the new McLaren 12C Spider; testing the Volkswagen Golf; Jason tests the Porsche Cayman with champion rally driver Marcus Grönholm.

  • Season 22 Episode 2: Jaguar F-Type

    The Toyota GT 86 is pitted against the Renault Sport; Jonny tests the Jaguar F-Type in Spain; Jason reveals how to restore the performance of older vehicles.

  • Season 22 Episode 1: Range Rover

    Track testing an Audi, a Maserati and a Mercedes; motorcycle racer Chaz Davies races Vicki in BMW's M135i; Jonny drives a cheap vehicle from the U.K. to the French Alps; pitting the new Range Rover against the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Fifth Gear: Season 21 (2012 - 2013)

Fifth Gear: Season 20 (2013)

  • Season 20 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Jonny Smith provides details of new car debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and Tiff Needell tests two high-performance hatchbacks that are also claimed to be economical. Former cricketer Ian Botham is given advice on how to tackle the Nurburgring, Germany's famous 13-mile race circuit that features dozens of tricky corners, and Vicki Butler-Henderson receives tuition in evasive driving techniques

  • Season 20 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Vicki Butler-Henderson drives the new BMW M5 across the Pyrenees in France, and Jonny Smith tests Seat's Mii city car around the company's hometown of Barcelona, where he also subjects it to a mock crash. Rally driver Mark Higgins helps Tiff Needell to discern whether hatchbacks have become faster than traditional sports cars, and the team also puts the Mercedes G-Class through a military off-road course

  • Season 20 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    International Rally Challenge champion Andreas Mikkelsen completes a navigational rally with Vicki Butler-Henderson, and Jonny Smith test drives the new Honda Civic in Spain. England cricketer James Anderson receives tuition from Tiff Needell before completing a hot lap around the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, and the team also puts the latest Grand Cherokee through its paces

  • Season 20 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Tiff Needell drives across the Champagne region of France in the new Aston Martin Virage convertible, before finishing his journey at the race track in Reims. Vicki Butler-Henderson pits England cricketers Stuart Broad and Matt Prior against each other in a drifting competition, and Jonny Smith prepares for the winter weather by finding two off-road vehicles at bargain prices. The team also tests the latest BMW 1 Series, finding out whether it has more back seat legroom

  • Season 20 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Jonny Smith travels to Marrakesh, where he drives one of Morocco's best-selling cars, the Dacia Duster, around an impressive mountain route. In a new strand of celebrity hot laps, Tiff Needell offers advice to football pundit Kevin Keegan at the Nurburgring track in Germany before he is timed around the circuit in a Jaguar. Vicki Butler-Henderson helps lifeguards in Portugal put the new VW Amarok pick-up truck through its paces, and the team tests VW's latest Golf convertible, revealing how quiet it is compared to its main rival

  • Season 20 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Jonny Smith drives Renault's new battery-powered car the Fluence, hoping to make its charge last for as long as possible. With the current generation of Porsche 911s about to be replaced after eight years, Tiff Needell tests the final model of the renowned series of sports cars on the track. The team also drives the new Hyundai i40

  • Season 20 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Vicki Butler-Henderson drives the Ferrari 458 convertible across Italy, and Tiff Needell tries to find out whether the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe is faster than the Audi RS5. In France, Jonny Smith gets behind the wheel of the Citroen DS5, the first car to combine an electric motor and diesel engine, and the team also tests claims that the Kia Rio can achieve 88mpg - with shocking results

  • Season 20 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell gets behind the wheel of the 700bhp Lamborghini Aventador to reach some of the highest speeds ever achieved on the series, and finds out how the wide supercar copes on British roads. Vicki Butler-Henderson drives the new Mini Coupe on a twisting mountain road between Austria and Italy, and Jonny Smith looks into the automotive trend of vinyl wrapping. Plus, the team tests the Porsche Panamera diesel to see if the efficiency-focused model still appeals to drivers

  • Season 20 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell is joined by former British Rally champion Mark Higgins to test the BMW 1 Series M Coupe against the Audi RS3, and Jonny Smith takes the Lada Niva 4x4 on an off-road journey from the east to the west coast of England. To celebrate the new version of the Ford Mustang, Vicki Butler-Henderson drives it from the UK to Le Mans in France, and the team also checks out the latest Mercedes SLK

  • Season 20 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    The high-octane car show returns with Vicki Butler-Henderson driving the latest Bentley in Croatia, where she tests its credentials on mountainous roads. Tiff Needell pits the new Jaguar XKR-S against its predecessor the XJ220 in a battle of raw speed and power, and Jonny Smith conducts a dummy crash to demonstrate the devastating results of a collision involving a family car travelling at 120mph. The team members also take turns getting behind the wheel of the Range Rover Evoque, which has an interior partially designed by Victoria Beckham

Fifth Gear: Season 19

  • Season 19 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    The team celebrates the programme's 10th anniversary by showing some of the show's most memorable moments. Tiff Needell recalls actor John Barrowman's accident in a rally car worth more than £100,000, and Jason Plato reflects on his ride in a Ferrari with Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding in the driver's seat. Jonny Smith also takes to the Isle of Mann TT circuit in a three-wheeled scooter, and there is a race between the BMW M3 GTS and Porsche 911 GT3 RS

  • Season 19 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Tiff Needell offers his opinion on the Lamborghini Gallardo Performante in Nice, and Jonny Smith drives Volkswagen's revamped Phaeton, testing the car's voice recognition system at 100mph. Jason Plato takes the Porsche Cayman R around Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire, and the team presents a guide to frugal motoring, offering advice on economical vehicles and models that are the least prone to depreciation

  • Season 19 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Hollywood stunt co-ordinator Vic Armstrong directs a car-chase sequence with Vicki Butler-Henderson, and then teaches her how to perform a rollover. Tiff Needell and Jason Plato test the McLaren MP4-12C supercar against its rival the Ferrari 458 Italia, before the team scrutinises the latest Mercedes CLS to see whether it out-performs its predecessor

  • Season 19 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Jason Plato and Jonny Smith celebrate the Jaguar E-type's 50th birthday by retracing a famous journey from the car's past. Tiff Needell test-drives the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe in Scotland, the whole team tries out the latest model of the Ford Focus and Vicki Butler-Henderson gets behind the wheel of a modern version of the 1950s Allard J2X sports car

  • Season 19 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Jason Plato and Jonny Smith celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, discovering how an engineer drove the car from Coventry to Switzerland in 1961, where it was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show. Chef James Martin is challenged to slice a cucumber with a knife bolted to the front of a Porsche Cayman R, and the team examines the technological credentials of Lexus's new hybrid car, the CT200h

  • Season 19 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato travel to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, where they experience Ferrari World, the largest indoor amusement park ever built, which boasts the world's fastest rollercoaster. Vicki Butler-Henderson tests the Lotus Evora S against the Porsche 911 on the Assen TT circuit in Holland, and the team takes to the road in an Audi A7, before using the Ariel Atom V8 to hillclimb

  • Season 19 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit the Nissan GT-R against the Porsche 911 Turbo, hoping to prove the new supercar can match the speed and power of its glamorous rival. Vicki Butler-Henderson examines the BMW 6 Series convertible in southern Spain, and Jonny Smith offers advice about how to tackle the Nurburgring race track in Germany. The team also tests Peugeot's new 508 mid-sized saloon

  • Season 19 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit the Nissan GT-R supercar against its rival the Porsche 911 Turbo to see whether it can offer the same amount of speed and power. In southern Spain, Vicki Butler-Henderson tests the BMW 6 Series convertible, and Jonny Smith offers a guide on how to be successful around Germany's Nurburgring race track. The team also explores Lexus's CT 200h hybrid car

  • Season 19 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Jason Plato travels to the south of Spain to test drive the Aston Martin Virage, and Jonny Smith takes to Norway's renowned Atlantic Road in the Citroen DS3 Racing. In Lapland, Tiff Needell competes against former Touring Car driver Yvan Muller around a replica of the Hockenheimring Formula 1 track, which has been created on the frozen surface of a lake. Vicki Butler-Henderson also gets behind the wheel of the BMW M3 GTS

  • Season 19 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato test the Nissan GT-R's onboard computers around the £800million Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi. Vicki Butler-Henderson gives her verdict on the Audi RS3 as she drives it in Monaco and, in the new Team Test, the presenters put the BMW X3 though its paces

Fifth Gear: Season 18

  • Season 18 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Vicki Butler-Henderson introduces the motoring show's annual awards ceremony honouring the best cars of the year. Tiff Needell, Jason Plato and Ben Collins have a three-way contest in similarly matched sports cars, and the presenters take a look back at the highlights of 2010

  • Season 18 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the new four-door Mini, and Jason Plato teaches former rugby union player Matt Dawson wet-weather driving techniques in a supercar. Jonny Smith and Ben Collins perform a two-wheel driving stunt, and Tiff Needell puts American muscle cars through their paces

  • Season 18 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Ben Collins and Jason Plato compete in a head-to-head challenge on the track, and Tiff Needell takes two eco-friendly coupes for a spin. Guest presenter and electric car expert Robert Llewellyn test drives the Nissan Leaf, and Vicki Butler-Henderson takes a trip in the Volvo S60 saloon

  • Season 18 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Jonny Smith conducts a cutting-edge experiment to locate the safest seat in a car, Vicki Butler-Henderson tests the new Mini Countryman and two off-road vehicles are pitted against one another. Jason Plato also heads to Seville, Spain, where he drives the supercharged Lotus Evora S

  • Season 18 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Jason Plato experiences a Formula One driving simulator, and Tiff Needell races two stylish coupes. Ben Collins and Jonny Smith perform a two-wheel stunt, while Vicki Butler-Henderson gets behind the wheel of the Aston Martin DB5, which featured in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball

  • Season 18 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato compete with professional racing drivers Johnny Herbert and Karun Chandhok on the track. Vicki Butler-Henderson explores Vauxhall's new Meriva, and Ben Collins samples Autograss, a motorsport that involves racing around an oval track on natural surfaces such as grass

  • Season 18 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    At the Anglesey circuit, Tiff Needell test-drives Audi's S4 saloon and Vauxhall's rival motor the Insignia VXR to learn which is faster. Vicki Butler-Henderson offers an insight into a luxury SUV from Infiniti, a company new to the UK, and Jason Plato puts the Audi R8 GT supercar through its paces. Jonny Smith also demonstrates how cheap it can be to obtain a racing licence, and undertakes the training, tests and exams required before competing in a track day event in a Porsche 944

  • Season 18 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell goes behind the scenes at the final British Touring Car Championship of the year as presenter Jason Plato competes for the title, and test drives a Pagani Zonda R hypercar. Vicki Butler-Henderson provides the lowdown on Renault's new convertible the Wind, and Jonny Smith takes to Europe's highest road in Audi's hi-tech RS5

  • Season 18 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Jason Plato demonstrates stunt-driving techniques in an Aston Martin to help boost Comedy Dave's skills. Jonny Smith drives Europe's fastest street-legal car, reaching a speed of 180mph in eight seconds, before Tiff Needell tests Porsche's Cayman against the Lotus Evora. Vicki Butler-Henderson also visits the Paris Motor Show, where she gets a sneak preview of the newest cars on the market

  • Season 18 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato put the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG through their paces, assessing such factors as speed, handling and ease of drifting. Vicki Butler-Henderson takes Bentley's new Continental Supersports Convertible along the Antrim Coast Road in Northern Ireland, and Jonny Smith tries to break five speed records in a Skoda Fabia vRS

Fifth Gear: Season 17

  • Season 17 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Vicki Butler-Henderson judges the Best Supercar award at exclusive motor show Salon Prive, Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit the Mitsubishi Evo FQ400 and the Nissan GT-R against each other and Jonny Smith test-drives Audi's new rival to the Mini - the A1. The latest electric sports car from Tesla is also put through its paces

  • Season 17 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Jason Plato puts the Morgan Aero SuperSports through its paces on the track, and Tiff Needell hits the road to test drive the Seat Leon Cupra R. Vicki Butler-Henderson meets former McLaren F1 car designer Gordon Murray to talk about his project to create the ultimate city car, while Jonny Smith and Tiff take on the gruelling Ilkley Challenge

  • Season 17 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tiff Needell takes the Peugeot RCZ coupe for a test drive on Anglesey to find out how it compares to its nearest rival, the Volkswagen Scirocco, and Jonny Smith heads to Germany to try out an SUV-style supermini from Nissan. Jason Plato drives the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Vicki Butler-Henderson puts the Honda CR-Z through its paces

  • Season 17 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Formula One pundit David Coulthard discusses the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with Tiff Needell, and Jason Plato puts the Ferrari 599 GTO to the test in Italy. Jonny Smith and Vicki Butler-Henderson take on a series of off-road challenges when they try out the new improvements made to the Land Rover Discovery and the Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Season 17 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Vicki Butler-Henderson checks out the new technological features of the latest BMW 5 Series in the South of France, and Jason Plato pits the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the Audi RS6 against each other on the Anglesey Circuit. Jonny Smith visits Volvo's state-of-the-art testing facility in Gothenburg and Tiff Needell drives the Lexus LFA supercar

  • Season 17 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato are joined by comedian Ross Noble and Long Way Round star Charley Boorman to try out motorbikes in the Welsh hills. Jonny Smith visits Volvo's state-of-the-art testing facility in Gothenburg, and Vicki Butler-Henderson investigates the future of open-top motoring when she explores the Mercedes E-class cabriolet

  • Season 17 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell drives an Aston Martin Rapide, and Jason Plato pits two of the most powerful saloon cars, the Mercedes E63 AMG and the Audi RS6 against one another. Plus, Vicki Butler-Henderson gets behind the wheel of the Ghost, the latest luxury offering from Rolls-Royce

  • Season 17 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit two £100,000 supercar roadsters against each other in a drag race and timed lap. Vicki Butler-Henderson explores a range of compact family cars, and Johnny Smith examines two extreme examples of Scandinavian engineering. Plus, a Lamborghini is put through its paces in the Italian mountains

  • Season 17 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Vicki Butler-Henderson drives the £100,000 Maserati GranCabrio from Paris to Monaco, while Tiff Needell and Jonny Smith find out whether they can make it from Newcastle to Portsmouth in an electric car. Jason Plato pits two coupes against each other on the Anglesey Circuit and gets behind the wheel of a Noble M600 at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire

  • Season 17 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson put four hatchbacks to the test as they go head to head in a drag race and timed lap, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton gives his verdict on a new British supercar - the McLaren MP4-12C. Jonny Smith completes a series of challenges to put old and new city cars through their paces, and Jason Plato drives the Ferrari 458 Italia

Fifth Gear: Season 16

  • Season 16 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Jason Plato takes chef James Martin to Silverstone for a trip in a 1996 Benetton, Tim Shaw investigates the craze of car-share clubs in London and Tom Ford test-drives the new Tramontana R, a single-seat vehicle designed in Spain. Plus, the Ford Sierra Cosworth and the Mercedes 190E Cosworth are pitted against each other, and Jonny Smith and Tom are offered the chance of racing in a Formula Ford race car - but only if they fit the engine themselves

  • Season 16 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Jason Plato and Tiff Needell race a pair of double-decker buses and Torchwood star John Barrowman receives lessons in car control and rally-driving technique at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza. Tim Shaw assesses the sat-nav technology that can help to minimise petrol usage, Tom Ford reviews the new Seat family saloon and Jason tests the Audi TT RS by taking it through five countries in a single day

  • Season 16 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    As the Government considers reducing the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on single carriage-ways, Tom Ford puts together a crash scenario to investigate whether the proposed change is the best way of increasing road safety. Elsewhere, Jason Plato pits the Renaultsport Clio 200 against a tough competitor from the past - the Renaultsport Clio 182 Cup. Tiff Needell spends the day as a medical courier in the Caterham Seven Roadsport 175 to test the vehicle's practicality, and Tim Shaw reveals the dangers of driving a car with too little oil

  • Season 16 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato gain access to a variety of tanks, including a submersible Russian machine and a Chieftain, for a head-to-head battle. Jonny Smith follows the route of Dick Turpin in the new VW Golf GTi, Tom Ford and Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules test the Aston Martin DBS Volante, and Tim Shaw investigates the damage that potholes do to cars. Plus, a look at the Evora - the first all-new Lotus since the Elise

  • Season 16 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Jason Plato pits the Mini Cooper Cabriolet against the Mazda MX-5, and Tim Shaw tries out the latest concept in car maintenance at a garage where equipment is supplied but the customers do the work themselves. Tom Ford assesses the performance of Toyota's new miniature SUV, the Urban Cruiser, and Jonny Smith is joined by Most Haunted's Derek Acorah for a ride in the Ghostbusters ambulance. Plus, Tiff Needell tests the Aston Marton V12 Vantage

  • Season 16 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit the new BMW Z4 against the Porsche Boxster, and Tim Shaw examines the Government's car-scrappage scheme. Comedian Ross Noble receives a day of trial-bike tuition from motorcyclist Dougie Lampkin, the team celebrates the joint birthday of the original Mini and the film The Italian Job, and Tom Ford gets behind the wheel of the Peugeot 308 CC

  • Season 16 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell teams up with former racing driver Stirling Moss to test the Ferrari 599 HGTE and Jonny Smith heads to Spain to discover whether the locals prefer the Audi A5 Cabriolet to the rival BMW 3 Series convertible. Jason Plato helps Olympic rowing gold medallist Matthew Pinsent find a sports car that accommodates his 6ft 5 frame, Tom Ford and Tiff Needell compete in the Ilkley Trial in West Yorkshire, and Tim Shaw investigates the accuracy of the combined fuel economy cycle

  • Season 16 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Stuntman Steve Truglia tries to beat a world record by driving round the biggest loop-the-loop ever constructed. Retired Formula One competitor David Coulthard competes against Tiff Needell in an extreme van-driving challenge and Tim Shaw discovers whether buying an old banger results in cheap motoring. Tom Ford examines the Citroen C3 Picasso's suitability for a modern family man and Jonny Smith takes the Audi R8 V10 out on Spanish roads

Fifth Gear: Season 15

  • Season 15 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Charley Boorman tests modified cars powered by motorbike engines, Jonny Smith compares the fuel consumption of the Honda Insight with a standard diesel vehicle and Tiff Needell races two hatchbacks from the 1980s. Jason Plato reviews the new Ford Focus RS, Jonny Smith tries to make a profit at Europe's largest used-autoparts sale and Tim Shaw gives advice on speed-camera alerting systems. Last in the series

  • Season 15 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Olympic gold medal-winning sailors Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson race each other in the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, and Tiff Needell test-drives the Farbio GTS 400, Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the new Alfa Romeo Mito against the classic Mini, and Tim Shaw examines the diesel v petrol debate to find out which fuel offers the better value

  • Season 15 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Jason Plato races the Maserati Gran Turismo with olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins, Tiff Needell pits the Renault Megane R26.R against the Caterham CDX sports car and Vicki Butler-Henderson assesses the speed of the BMW 330d. Tim Shaw gives advice on protecting vehicles from theft, Jonny Smith reviews the new Ford Ka and Tom Ford tests the storage space in the Fiat Qubo with the help of a Guns 'N' Roses tribute band

  • Season 15 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato race the Volkswagen Scirocco and Mini Cooper S hatchback, Tom Ford finds out if he can fit into the world's tiniest four-seater, the Toyota iQ, and Tim Shaw tests car polishes. Jonny Smith reveals how cash-strapped families can afford to buy a second-hand SUV and Jason Plato meets Comedy Dave from the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show

  • Season 15 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Vicki Butler-Henderson meets a 17-year-old rally sensation, and Jason Plato attends the annual Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium, where he chats to contenders including Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. Tim Shaw tests the performance of super diesel fuel, and Tom Ford reviews BMW's latest 7 Series, while Jonny Smith puts the Renault Megane's sturdiness through its paces with a team of paintballers firing at it

  • Season 15 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Vicki Butler-Henderson chauffeurs comedian Bill Bailey to one of his West End gigs in a Mercedes that has been converted to run on nothing but chip fat. Tom Ford test-drives the new Kia Soul, while Jonny Smith presents his pick of reasonably priced cabriolets. Tiff Needell takes the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 for a spin and Tim Shaw investigates the savings to be made on new vehicles

  • Season 15 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Olympic swimmer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Mark Foster tests a supercharged Vauxhall VXR8, Jonny Smith watches classic vehicles being raced at the Firecracker Banger meet, and Tim Shaw retakes his driving test in a Nissan Micra. Plus, Vicki Butler-Henderson assesses the Smart MHD city car, Jason Plato compares two Renaults, and Tiff Needell examines the new Porsche 911

  • Season 15 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    World champion boxer Joe Calzaghe and his glamour model girlfriend Jo-Emma Larvin take part in an off-road challenge with Tiff Needell, Johnny Smith examines the Volkswagen Golf Mk6, and Vicki Butler-Henderson takes the new Ferrari California for a test-drive in Italy. Plus, Tom Ford reviews the safety of a popular family vehicle and Tim Shaw assesses the effectiveness of automated car washes

Fifth Gear: Season 14

  • Season 14 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Jason Plato takes to the helm of a Lynx helicopter and Tim Shaw discovers whether it is possible for motorists to save money by servicing their cars themselves. Vicki Butler-Henderson reviews the new Honda Jazz, Tom Ford inspects a compact car made by Fiat, and actor Dirk Benedict joins Jonny Smith to look at the Mercedes S-Class, comparing a £100,000 model with an older £5,000 version. Last in series

  • Season 14 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Jonny Smith tries to fix Ricky Hatton's run-down Reliant three-wheeler, while Tim Shaw tests the quality of top-of-the-range tires. Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell challenge each other to an off-road duel with the help of motorbike racer and Long Way Round mentor Simon Pavey, and the new Ford Fiesta comes under the spotlight

  • Season 14 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    MotoGP star James Toseland tests the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, while Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the new Porsche Boxster RS60 Spyder against the last-generation 911 Carrera 2. Tom Ford gets behind the wheel of the new Volkswagen Scirocco, and Tiff Needell tries for a speed record in a specially modified Lotus powered by alternative fuels

  • Season 14 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Jonny Smith tries to fix Ricky Hatton's run-down Reliant three-wheeler, while Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit the BMW M3 against the Lexus ISF in a battle of the V8 mega-saloons. Future F1 driver Bruno Senna gives his verdict on the Nissan GT-R and the Porsche 911 Turbo, and Tim Shaw exposes the dealers reponsible for the biggest servicing cost rip-offs

  • Season 14 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell gets to grips with motorcycle company KTM's first ever four-wheeler, while Tom Ford reviews the controversial BMW X6 and Vicky Butler-Henderson looks at two eco-friendly cars. Jason Plato pits the Japan-imported Honda Civic Mugen RR against the manufacturer's UK-available S2000, and Jonny Smith judges at the Ultimate Street Car modification show

  • Season 14 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Former F1 driver Jarno Trulli tries to get the most out of the hybrid Toyota Prius, while Jason Plato pits the Volkswagen Passat R36 against the Audi A4 3.0 TDi in a contest of petrol power and diesel torque. Tim Shaw tests the acceleration claims of a range of performance motors, and Tiff Needell competes with world speedway champion Jason Crump in a race of car versus bike

  • Season 14 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Vicki Butler-Henderson spends a day with Lewis Hamilton at the Brooklands Motoring Festival, while Jason Plato examines the latest version of Porsche's 911 GT2 and Tom Ford demonstrates safety concerns with convertibles. Plus, an investigation into whether customers are getting a fair deal on repairs, and the Mazda RX8 is pitted against the Nissan 350Z

  • Season 14 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    New series of the motoring magazine. New presenter Tim Shaw advises on how to spend less on fuel, while Vicki Butler-Henderson takes Ronnie O'Sullivan for some high-speed test drives to help the snooker ace find a new car. Jason Plato and Tiff Needell go head to head in the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ300 and the Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Fifth Gear: Season 13

  • Season 13 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Tiff Needell puts the Subaru Impreza WRX STi through its paces, while Tom Ford tests the off-road capabilities of the enormous Hummer H3. Jonny Smith presents new models from the Geneva motor show, including the latest from Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti. Last in series

  • Season 13 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Tiff Needell drives a 200mph car at the Daytona 500 race and Vicki-Butler Henderson tries out Bentley's Continental GT Speed car. Jason Plato drives a supercharged Lotus Elise whilst Tom Ford tests an executive saloon, the Jaguar XF. Meanwhile, the VW Golf GTi and Subaru Impreza WRX compete in the shoot-out

  • Season 13 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tiff Needell and Jonny Smith go behind the scenes at the Nascar Daytona 500 race, where they try out a 200mph race car and meet former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya. The BMW X5 is pitted against the Porsche Cayenne GTS in a shoot-out. Tom Ford test-drives the new Citroen C5 in Lisbon and British downhill skier Chemmy Alcott drives a Group N rally car

  • Season 13 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Tiff Needell compares the new V8 Lexus IS F with the BMW M3, while Tom Ford tests the off-road ability of the Volvo XC70 in the Arctic Circle. Vicki Butler-Henderson tries out the environmentally friendly Smart EV - which is exempt from both road tax and congestion charges - and stages a shoot-out between the Vauxhall Corsa RSI and the Ford Fiesta ST

  • Season 13 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Jason Plato gives his verdict on the new Nissan GT-R, the latest version of the Skyline series. Tiff Needell tests the Audi RS6 Avant, Vicki Butler-Henderson compares superminis the BMW Mini One and the Fiat 500, while Tom Ford and Jonny Smith compare Volkswagen motorhomes old and new. Plus, an investigation into the validity of crash tests

  • Season 13 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato face off in the new BMW 135i Coupe and the Porsche Cayman, Tom Ford tests the best small off-roaders, and the Renault Twingo GT goes head to head with the Fiat Panda. Jonny Smith searches for the ideal first car for a 17-year-old and freestyle motocross star Travis Pastrana drops in for a chat

  • Season 13 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell takes on the stunt driver of James Bond's car from Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DBS, in a series of thrilling challenges, while Jonny Smith looks at the BMW 653d, the world's first diesel grand tourer, demonstrating exactly how economical the vehicle is on a 600-mile trip to Poland. Back in the UK, Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the Mercedes Vito X against the VW Transporter Sportline

  • Season 13 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Jason Plato tests the £78,000 Maserati Gran Turismo, and Jonny Smith stages a crash to demonstrate the need for child restraints in taxis - which are currently not required by law. Tiff Needell travels to France to assess the new Audi A3 Cabriolet, while Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the legendary Lotus Carlton against its modern equivalent, the VXR8

  • Season 13 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Vicki Butler-Henderson recreates a Hollywood car stunt from Casino Royale, Tom Ford tests the latest Toyota Land Cruiser, and Tiff Needell and Jason Plato get behind the wheels of the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG in a spectacular showdown

  • Season 13 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    New series of the motoring magazine. Tiff Needell gives chef Heston Blumenthal a lesson in powersliding, Jason Plato drives the Mercedes CLK63 Black and Jonny Smith compares the Citroen C-Crosser with the old 2CV. Vicki Butler-Henderson oversees a duel between the Lotus Exige S and the Caterham CSR

Fifth Gear: Season 12

  • Season 12 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tiff Needell takes the Ferrari 430 Scuderia for a spin, while Tom Ford and Jonny Smith mark the centennial anniversary of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost by building an armoured version of the vehicle. Plus, the team presents the 2007 Fifth Gear Awards, finding agreement on gongs including Best Small Car, Best Family Car and Car of the Year

  • Season 12 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Vicki Butler-Henderson takes two Seventies TV legends to the track, pitting the Gran Torino of Starsky and Hutch fame against the Dukes of Hazzard's Dodge Charger. Jason Plato tests the Caparo T1 to see if the street-legal racer lives up to its 'extreme' reputation. Jonny Smith and Tom Ford attempt to build their own drift cars out of Bedford vans

  • Season 12 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato take to the track as they pit the BMW Z4 and the Nissan 350Z against one another. Jonny Smith takes a look at the history of the Deuce Coupe as the car celebrates its 75th anniversary and Tom Ford gets a sneak preview at some of the cars on offer in Formula One star Bernie Ecclestone's garage sale - including a 1938 Lancia Limousine used by Hitler and Mussolini. Plus, Vicki Butler-Henderson meets Radio 2's Sally Boazman as she undergoes a Bentley chauffeur driving course

  • Season 12 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tom Ford tests the new Fiat 500, which is due to be launched in the UK in early 2008, and Tiff Needell takes a Gumbert Apollo out on to the track to see if the supercar with a top speed of 224mph is worth its £225,000 price tag. Plus, Vicky Butler-Henderson tests the differences between a manual Audi TT and one with a semi-automatic gearbox

  • Season 12 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tom Ford test-drives the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe. Jonny Smith loads up some small economy cars to see how well they deal with some of Britain's biggest hills, while Tiff Needell checks out the BMW M3. Plus, property developer Sarah Beeny takes on Jason Plato in an articulated lorry challenge and Vicki Butler-Henderson discovers how quick the police are on a racing track

  • Season 12 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Jonny Smith and Tom Ford compete to see whether a diesel Mini Cooper is better than a petrol one. Vicki Butler-Henderson races the Japanese and British versions of the Honda Civic Type R to see which is the quickest, and Tiff Needell test-drives the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. Plus, Jason Plato finds out how fast cricketer Shane Warne is on a track

  • Season 12 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    The team examines whether a big old car is safer than a small new one, by crashing a 15-year-old Volvo 940 estate into a three-year-old Renault Modus. Jason Plato puts an Audi R8 through its paces when he races Tiff Needell in a Porsche 911, while Jonny Smith road-tests the £330,000 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster. Plus, actor and comedian Patrick McGuinness takes his motorbike test and Vicki Butler-Hendrson tries out the Peugeot 207 GTi

  • Season 12 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tiff Needell takes the £890,000 Bugatti Veyron - one of the fastest road cars in the world - for a test drive. Jonny Smith discusses the virtues of the compact Mitsubishi i and Tom Ford gets behind the wheel of the Maserati GranTurismo as he travels the roads of Italy. Plus, rugby star Kyran Bracken undertakes circuit-driving tuition and Vicki Butler-Henderson tries to find out which is quicker, the Audi S5 or the BMW 335i

Fifth Gear: Season 11

  • Season 11 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    In an edition from 2007, the team looks at the structural integrity of stretch limousines and discovers how a vehicle would fare in a high-speed crash. Jonny Smith secretly repairs potholes under the cover of darkness and examines the dangers they can cause. Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the Nissan 350Z, while Tiff Needell and Jason Plato provide expert tuition to Hollyoaks cast members Jessica Fox, Gemma Bissix, Ricky Whittle and Kevin Sacre

  • Season 11 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Vicki Butler-Henderson replaces a boat with a car when she attempts to tow champion wakeboarder Matt Crowhurst behind a BMW X5 4.8i. Jonny Smith learns about alternative vehicle fuel sources and meets a Somerset cider farmer who powers his Jaguar on methane from rotten apples. Most Haunted presenter Yvette Fielding shows off her collection of sports cars, while Jason Plato test-drives the new Lotus 2-Eleven

  • Season 11 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tom Ford and Jonny Smith enter a demolition derby in a pair of custom-modified Reliant Robins. Comedian Dom Joly goes about his daily errands in the Gloucestershire countryside in a road-legal tank and Tiff Needell test-drives the Porsche 911 GT3RS. Actor Patrick McGuiness takes his full motorbike test and Vicki Butler-Henderson gets behind the wheel of the new Vauxhall VXR8

  • Season 11 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Tom Ford fits a full expedition kit and 38-inch wheels to a Land Rover Defender before taking it for an off-road test drive in Iceland. Blur bassist Alex James fulfils a childhood dream of getting behind the controls of a 150ft crane before bungee jumping from the top of it and Jonny Smith puts the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti through its paces when he is given less than 48 hours to travel more than 1,000 miles from London to Modena. Plus, Vicki Butler-Henderson talks to former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm about her racing-driving brother

  • Season 11 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Tom Ford puts the BMW M5 Touring Car through its paces when he is given just 24 hours to deliver vital equipment to the Oracle America's Cup sailing team in Valencia, Spain. Jason Plato takes the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster for a test drive and Vicki Butler-Henderson tests the durability of popular cars by dropping them nose-first from a 100-foot crane

  • Season 11 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Former England bowler and Strictly Come Dancing champion Darren Gough gets the chance to fulfil a dream when he races his Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 head-to-head with Jason Plato on one of Britain's most extreme off-road tracks. Jonny Smith tests the performance of a £250,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom by taking it on a road trip across Europe and self-confessed car addict Vicki Butler-Henderson tries to cope for 24 hours without a car, but despairs when faced with having to use public transport

  • Season 11 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Vicki Butler-Henderson attempts to break a world record by travelling at 200mph in an A1 Grand Prix car. Tom Ford and Jonny Smith compare seven new hatchbacks and Max and Paddy star Patrick McGuinness takes his first motorcycle lesson. Plus, the team find out how fast a car can be reversed before the gearbox explodes

  • Season 11 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell recruits the help of two attractive models as he takes to the road in the new Bentley Continental GTC to test the theory that a person's hair blows about less if they drive a convertible at higher speeds. Tom Ford admires the advanced abilities of the Lexus LS460 and Vicki Butler-Henderson travels the route shown in the cult short film C'etait un Rendezvous - used by Snow Patrol as the video for their single Open Your Eyes

  • Season 11 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Vicki Butler-Henderson tries to drive a car underneath a moving lorry. Current Superbike World Championship leader James Toseland pits his Fireblade against Tiff Needell in the new Civic Type R to see which of the two Honda creations puts in the best performance, and actor Chris Barrie gets the chance to take the wheel of his dream vehicle - a £3million Jaguar D-Type

  • Season 11 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tom Ford experiences life as a paparazzi photographer driving a Kia Ceed. Tiff Needell tests the Audi R8, and racing mogul Jason Plato takes the world's fastest four-door saloon to the German Autobahn in a bid to top 200mph. Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the Fiat Panda 100HP against a Ferrari on a tight track

Fifth Gear: Season 10 (2004 - 2010)

  • Season 10 Episode 13: EPISODE: 13

    Vicki Butler-Henderson is joined by multi-millionaire businessman and Dragon's Den panellist Theo Paphitis to test-drive the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. Tiff Needell tries out the T-Rex, a three-wheeler powered by a motorcycle engine and capable of supercar performance. Plus, the team hand out awards to the best vehicles of 2006, including Car of the Year. Last in series

  • Season 10 Episode 12: EPISODE: 12

    Tom Ford takes the Honda CR-V for a test drive and tries to convince a group of anti-4x4 activists that the vehicle is environmentally friendly. Vicki Butler-Henderson puts a 15-year-old Daihatsu Charade through its paces, and Jonny Smith enters a 0-60 competition in an 800cc Chevrolet Matiz automatic - one of the UK's slowest-accelerating production cars

  • Season 10 Episode 11: EPISODE: 11

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit a BMW Z4 Coupe against an Audi TT as they undergo the team's rigorous trials. Meanwhile, Vicki Butler-Henderson puts a 17-year-old Daihatsu Charade through its paces, and Jonny Smith travels to the General Motors test facility in Germany to check out the new Corsa

  • Season 10 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Tiff Needell visits Mercedes-Benz World to take their new ML 63 AMG 4x4 for a test drive. Jonny Smith attempts to set a new world land speed record for a car fuelled by vegetable oil, and Tom Ford goes for a ride in the Mazda MX5 Roadster Coupe. Plus, Jason Plato tries to sell his 1998 BMW M3 for a profit

  • Season 10 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Tiff Needell puts the new Alfa Romeo 159 through various tests, including an opinion poll on its looks, judged by a collection of supermodels. Jonny Smith recreates a famous picture with the Citroen Picasso on the beach at Weston-super-Mare, and Tom Ford examines the technological wizardry of the Land Rover Freelander

  • Season 10 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tom Ford test drives the new Volvo C30 hatchback to discover whether its makers have finally blended style with practicality. Jason Plato hits the road with a challenge to find a supercar for the same price as the popular Ford Fiesta Style, and Tiff Needell checks out the environmentally-friendly, bio-ethanol-fuelled Lotus Exige 265E. Plus, a preview of the latest Bond car, the Aston Martin DBS, in new 007 movie Casino Royale

  • Season 10 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Jason Plato takes the specially customised Litchfield Type 25 Subaru Impreza for a test drive. Tim Lovejoy goes for a wild ride with golfer friend Ian Poulter, and Tiff Needell travels to Bolivia to check out how the Ferrari 599 GTB handles on some of the world's highest, roughest and most dangerous roads

  • Season 10 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Jason Plato takes the Lotus Europa S for a test drive, while Tom Ford looks at what will be the last model of Vauxhall Monaro, the VXR 500. Plus, Jon Bentley investigates speed bumps to discover whether certain cars cope with them better than others, and Roger Moore talks to the team about the greatest Bond film car chases of all time

  • Season 10 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Jason Plato takes the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 for a test drive. Tim Lovejoy learns about motorised crime-fighting when he takes to the roads with the police's Rapid Response Unit, and Tom Ford investigates whether quad bikes are dangerous. Meanwhile, Jonny Smith goes racing in the Claas Cougar - the world's biggest mower

  • Season 10 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Jason Plato gives England cricketer Kevin Pietersen a lesson in racing when they go for a spin in the Lamborghini Gallardo Spider. Vicki Butler-Henderson takes the experimental Nissan Murano GTC out for a test-drive, while Tim Lovejoy consults GQ magazine editor Dylan Jones about the latest fashionable cars for the modern man. Tom Ford travels to Barcelona to drive the Mini

  • Season 10 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    It is a battle of the vans as Tiff Needell gets behind the wheel of the vehicle made famous by the A-Team and goes head to head on the track with 2003 Le Mans winner Guy Smith in the Volkswagen Transporter Sportline. Vicki Butler-Henderson teaches her sister how to drive a Lotus Elise, and Tom Ford gets to grips with a quad bike, but finds no amount of instruction prepares him for its difficult handling

  • Season 10 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Vicki Butler-Henderson teaches cricket superstar Andrew Flintoff how to race a Porsche Cayman, Tom Ford tests the new Bentley Azure, and Jonny Smith attempts an economical journey across Britain using chip fat as fuel. Meanwhile, Tim Lovejoy encounters an irate motorist as he gets first-hand experience of what it's like to be a traffic warden

  • Season 10 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    New series of the motoring magazine. Tim Lovejoy joins the presenting team, beginning by talking to former American vice president Al Gore about his desire to get rid of the internal combustion engine. Tiff Needell races the new Mitsubishi Evo 9 FQ360 against an aeroplane, Vicki Butler-Henderson drives a Mini GP and Tom Ford gets three nurses to find out how big the Skoda Roomster really is

Fifth Gear: Season 9 (2004 - 2010)

  • Season 9 Episode 13: EPISODE: 13

    Tom Ford takes the new Ferrari 599 for a spin in the Alps to test its long-distance cruising abilities, while Tiff Needell compares two of his favourite supercars - the McLaren FG1 and Enzo Ferrari. Jason Plato gets a lesson in aerobatics from stunt pilot Will Curtis, and Jon Bentley examines a new safety device for motorcyclists. Last in series

  • Season 9 Episode 12: EPISODE: 12

    Tom Ford rides the world's most expensive quad bike, while Jason Plato test drives the new Porsche 911 - on which he's already put down a deposit. Vicki Butler-Henderson investigates the dangers of worn tyres, and Jon Bentley tries out a £5,500 car stereo. Plus, Mitsubishi and Nissan pick-ups are pitted against each other in an off-road challenge

  • Season 9 Episode 11: EPISODE: 11

    Tom Ford tries out the Audi TT and Jason Plato puts his driving skills to the test on Britain's bendiest road. Vicki Butler-Henderson takes Ford's seven-seater MPV for a spin and attempts to get into the record books with a group of pensioners, while Tiff Needell and Dakar racer Simon Pavey attempt to find out which is faster off-road - a 4x4 or a motorbike

  • Season 9 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Tom Ford visits the world's biggest car dealership in Tokyo, and helps Tiff Needell test-drive the Citroen C6 under a hail of gunfire. Carl Barat and Anthony Rossomando from Dirty Pretty Things offer their thoughts on the Radford Mini, and Jason Plato takes the Honda Legend for a spin, while Vicki Butler-Henderson enters a rallycross series

  • Season 9 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Vicki Butler-Henderson is joined by aspiring racing driver Paul O'Neill to test sporting petrol and diesel versions of the Vauxhall Astra, while Jon Bentley discovers what happens when drivers put the wrong fuel in their cars. Tiff Needell pits the Aston Martin DBR9 against rival supercars, and Jason Plato test-drives Lexus' first high-performance hybrid

  • Season 9 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Vicki Butler-Henderson discovers how much punishment a Mercedes can take by crashing it, flooding and driving over it with a monster truck. Tom Ford stops at a Japanese service station hosting an unofficial all-night car party. Plus, a lawyer who specialises in getting celebrities off speeding charges

  • Season 9 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Tiff Needell test-drives the latest Corvette, and Vicki Butler-Henderson goes undercover to sneak a look at the Aston Martin DBS, the vehicle used by James Bond in Casino Royale. Meanwhile, Tom Ford visits Japan to examine a groundbreaking Japanese car that runs on hydrogen

  • Season 9 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Jason Plato takes Girls Aloud for a spin on the racetrack, before allowing them to battle it out in time trials. However, a crash in the car park brings proceedings to an unexpected climax. Tiff Needell test drives the Maserati Quattroporte in Italy, while Tom Ford helps out in a new record attempt for 360-degree 'doughnut' spins - but ends up getting his foot run over

  • Season 9 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    The team scours the market for the best budget car and meet the man who is giving away a Ferrari in a bid to sell his house. Jason Plato takes the new Audi S6 with its Lamborghini-sourced engine onto the German motorways and tries to hit its top speed of 155mph, while Tiff Needell travels to South Africa, where the legendary Ford GT40 is currently experiencing a revolution

  • Season 9 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato compete to find the best super-saloon, pitting the Audi RS4 against the BMW M3 CS. Jon Bentley investigates a fuel-saving scheme, and Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the Alfa Romeo Brera, while Tom Ford visits an American club for millionaire supercar enthusiasts

  • Season 9 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the new Ferrari F430 Challenge, Jason Plato heads to the Alps to take a top-of-the-range BMW for a spin and Tiff Needell tries to control a Ford Focus ST and Vauxhall Astra VXR with one hand tied behind his back. A doctor, tour guide and train engineer compete in a range of extreme sports to find Britain's best adventure racer

  • Season 9 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell and Jason Plato get behind the wheel of Fifties Le Mans racing cars. Tom Ford puts Audi's new off-roader the Q7 through its paces by attempting to evade the law, and Jon Bentley oversees a crash test involving a Landrover Discovery and a Renault Espace. Plus, Paul Dalton discovers why motorists are queuing up to buy vehicle wax costing £5,000

  • Season 9 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Jason Plato helps a lottery winner choose his dream car with a series of test drives, and Tiff Needell takes the Jaguar XK for a spin in South Africa. Tom Ford reports from the Geneva Motorshow, where he meets Jenson Button, while Vicki Butler-Henderson compares the merits of rally car the Subaru Impreza and the Forester estate on Anglesey

Fifth Gear: Season 8 (2004)

  • Season 8 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    The series concludes with the annual Fifth Gear awards. The team reveals its favourite vehicle in a wide range of categories, before announcing its selection for Car of the Year. Plus, Jason Plato test-drives the Lamborghini Gallardo SE, which boasts a 520bhp engine and is capable of speeds of up to 190mph

  • Season 8 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Tiff Needell takes the Porsche Cayman for a spin on the A537, which has gained a reputation for being one of the most dangerous roads in Britain. Tom Ford puts the fastest diesel cars to the test to see how they compare with equivalent petrol-powered vehicles, and Jon Bentley reports on the latest form of car crime - number plate theft

  • Season 8 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Jason Plato takes the Ford Focus ST for a spin, and compares its performance to other 'hot hatches' - including 2004's Fifth Gear Car of the Year the Volkswagen Golf GTi. Tiff Needell considers Monaco's Grand Prix street circuit, and maps out a route through London for a British equivalent. Jon Bentley enlists the aid of stuntman Steve Truglia in crashing through a roadblock

  • Season 8 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Tiff Needell test-drives the M6, BMW's flagship car, which boasts a V10 engine and is estimated to be capable of speeds in excess of 200mph. Vicki Butler-Henderson travels to Portugal to take the Mazda MX5 for a spin. Jon Bentley talks to road traffic accident investigators about tricks of the trade, and stages a crash for them to solve

  • Season 8 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Vicki Butler-Henderson takes on a death-defying challenge to get into the record books. Her goal is to drive in a straight line at 150mph - while wearing a blindfold. Tiff Needell takes the Ferrari F430 Spider for a spin at the Snetterton circuit, while Jon Bentley compares petrol brands to discover if premium fuels are worth the extra expense

  • Season 8 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Jason Plato test-drives the new Aston Martin DB9 Volante, while Tiff Needell presents an update on the team's project to build a car capable of reaching 200mph. Vicki Butler-Henderson is joined by Rowan Atkinson and Jenson Button to pay tribute to the Honda NSX, which is soon to go out of production, and a competition offers viewers the chance to win one

  • Season 8 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Michael Schumacher drops in for an unusual challenge, as he and Vicki Butler-Henderson test their ability to drive economically. Tom Ford visits the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where he goes for a spin in a unique Maserati, and Jason Plato test-drives the gadget-packed Mercedes Benz S-Class, which boasts a night vision heads-up display, automatic brakes and radar in the bumpers

  • Season 8 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Jason Plato searches through the classified ads to see if anything spectacular can be bought for £8,300, the average amount spent on buying a car in Britain. Tom Ford puts the Bentley Continental Flying Spur through its paces and Tiff Needell gets his hands on the fastest car in the world, the Koenigsegg CCR. Plus, a behind-the-scenes report from the first 24-hour race held at Silverstone

  • Season 8 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell takes a Williams Formula 1 car for a spin, finding out first-hand what the sport's glamorous racers have to go through. Jason Plato has the world's first test-drive in the £380,000 Pagani Zonda F, while Vicki Butler-Henderson pits a classic Mitsubishi Evo 6 against the latest Evo 9. Tom Ford hunts notorious 4x4 hater Ken Livingstone, and there is an investigation into killer signposts

  • Season 8 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    New series of the motoring magazine. Jason Plato trades places with a fighter pilot for the day - giving him a chance to fly a Harrier Jump Jet, while Royal Navy airman Chris Roy gets behind the wheel of a Ford GT. Tiff Needell test-drives the new Aston Martin Vantage, Vicki Butler-Henderson pits the Porsche 911 against the Lotus Exige, and Tom Ford reports from the annual Ferrari auction

Fifth Gear: Season 7 (2004)

  • Season 7 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Jason Plato concludes the series with a report from the Monaco Motor Show, where he gets the chance to try out a revolutionary electric sports car. Tiff Needell test-drives the BMW M5, which incorporates Formula One technology, by taking a 1,000-mile journey from England to the South of France, and Vicki Butler-Henderson weighs up the pros and cons of buying a fast MG

  • Season 7 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Tiff Needell reports on a competition organised by the Renault Formula One team to find a new engineer, with five contestants demonstrating their technical skills in front of a panel of judges. The Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 compete in the Shoot-Out, Jon Bentley presents the results of a survey to find Britain's most prestigious car and Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the Citroen C4 VTS, supposedly the safest vehicle of its kind

  • Season 7 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tiff Needell compares the performance of the leading hot hatches, including the Honda Civic Type R and the Renaultsport Clio 182, while Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the Superformance Le Mans Coupe, developed from a classic Sixties racing car. Jon Bentley examines the damage that can be caused when vehicles with bumpers at different heights collide, revealing how the increasing popularity of off-roaders makes this a growing problem, and suggesting possible solutions

  • Season 7 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Tiff Needell and Jodie Kidd take a Maserati Trofeo to Italy's Monza circuit, where they compete in the 'gentleman's championship' - a race between some of Europe's wealthiest businessmen. Vicki Butler-Henderson puts the Noble M400 and the Mitsubishi FQ400 to the test, Jon Bentley dispels common misconceptions about diesels, and Tom Ford examines the sliding doors on the new Peugeot 1007 - useful for parking in narrow spaces

  • Season 7 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    A report on a new lamppost made to protect drivers unfortunate enough to crash into one. The design is meant to absorb the energy from the impact and safely fall apart, so the team put it to the test by driving directly toward it at 40mph. Tom Ford looks at one of the world's fastest vehicles, which has no bodywork but can accelerate to 60mph in 3.2 seconds and was built by three men from Somerset, while Tiff Needell and Jason Plato race the Corvette C6 and Dodge SRT10

  • Season 7 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell gets behind the wheel of the Range Rover Sport, and puts it to the test in a cross-country competition against a thoroughbred racehorse. Vicki Butler-Henderson goes for a spin with her mother in a Lamborghini with an automatic gearbox, while Tom Ford meets property developer and auto enthusiast Frank Mountain, whose collection includes Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 car and a rare Maserati MC12 - one of only 25 in existence. However, the hefty £500,000 price tag does not stop the reckless millionaire driving it at high speeds after a heavy snowfall - with inevitable results

  • Season 7 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tom Ford travels to Cornwall to see how the Fiat Panda 4x4 fares against the Range Rover in a slate quarry, while Vicki Butler-Henderson and Jason Plato get their hands on the latest models from TVR. Plus, Tiff Needell meets a select clique of millionaire driving enthusiasts who hire a two-mile runway to race their sports cars

  • Season 7 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Jason Plato visits Dubai, where he becomes the first journalist to test-drive the latest Formula One car, the creation of Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, one of the state's rulers. The vehicle is to be used in the A1 Grand Prix, a race in which all drivers will use the same model to ensure a level playing field. Vicki Butler-Henderson pits Mercedes' cheapest car against one of their best to see just how great the difference is, and Tiff Needell meets the creator of the Gran Turismo game series

  • Season 7 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell travels to the town of Arjeplog in the Arctic Circle, which is used by manufacturers for winter testing. It was also the birthplace of anti-lock brakes, so Tiff decides to try out the latest electronic safety systems - even if it means injuring himself in the process. Jason Plato gives the new BMW 3 Series the ultimate road test by driving from Spain to Britain in 24 hours and Vicki Butler-Henderson compares the performance of two Mercedes models

  • Season 7 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    New series of the motoring magazine. Vicki Butler-Henderson learns some tricks of the trade from a leading Hollywood stuntman, including how to jump from one speeding car to another. Meanwhile, Tiff Needell and Jason Plato pit the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z4 against each other and Jon Bentley takes a look at the latest devices for detecting speed cameras

Fifth Gear: Season 6 (2004)

  • Season 6 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    The team conclude the series with a celebration of the best new cars of 2004, handing out awards for small, family and fast vehicles before an overall winner is named Fifth Gear Car of the Year. Plus, Tiff Needell test-drives the new Ford GT, which combines the look of a classic Ford with the horsepower of modern sports cars, and the final Fifth Gear Shootout sees reigning champion the Ducati 999 taking on a Mosler road racer

  • Season 6 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Tiff Needell investigates the frequently ignored subject of pedestrian safety, examining how, in the face of new legislation, car manufacturers are designing their vehicles to do less damage to any person they happen to hit. Plus, Vicki Butler-Henderson test drives the new Ferrari F430 and Tom Ford takes Nissan's Murano off-roader for a spin on the backroads of Provence

  • Season 6 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tiff Needell oversees a caravan race between Le Mans winner Guy Smith and former rally co-driver Tony Mason, and looks into the Seventies heyday of this unusual motor sport. Tom Ford test drives the new Land Rover Discovery on an unsurfaced track, and Vicki Butler-Henderson celebrates the classic Porsche 911, talking to Chris Routledge about which model is the best buy for the classic collector

  • Season 6 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tom Ford test-drive the latest people carriers, abandoning their usual thoughts of horsepower in favour of more family-oriented tests of safety, engine noise and fields of vision. Formula One legend Jackie Stewart regales Tiff Needell with tales of the golden age of motor racing and Jason Plato takes the new Volkswagen Golf GTI for a spin

  • Season 6 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Chris Ryan demonstrates the SAS driving techniques needed to survive in the world's troublespots, while Tiff Needell offers tips on getting the most out of high-performance cars. Vicki Butler-Henderson takes Aston Martin's new Vanquish S for a spin, testing the company's claim of going from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds

  • Season 6 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell celebrate the best of the British motor industry. Among those on display are the Aston Martin DB9, possibly the world's finest grand touring car, the best off-roaders Land Rover has to offer, luxury vehicles like the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Bentley Arnage and the Jaguar XJ, and perhaps the most quintessentially British car on the road - the Mini

  • Season 6 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson discover exactly what happens when a car is driven at full speed into a concrete block. Jason Plato takes the latest Ferrari, for a continental spin across five countries in 24 hours, while Adrian Simpson test-drives the new Seat Toledo in Barcelona

  • Season 6 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell test drives the new Porsche 911, which boasts improved aerodynamics, variable ratio steering and a six-speed gearbox. The team also examine the Daihatsu Charade, Citroen C2 and Toyota Prius, three of the most economical cars on the market, which all run at between 59 and 69mpg

  • Season 6 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell goes behind the scenes at the McLaren Technology Centre to uncover the secrets of the new Mercedes SLR, which boasts a top speed of 200mph. While such vehicles are beyond the price range of the average motorist, over the course of the series Fifth Gear will be custom-building a car capable of giving the SLR a run for its money, and offering viewers the chance to win it. Plus, Jason Plato celebrates Britain's biggest-selling car, the trusty Ford Focus, and Vicki Butler-Henderson investigates the parking companies sending tickets by post

  • Season 6 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tiff Needell oversees an unusual challenge at London's City Airport, as Jenson Button's Formula One car, Michael Rutter's superbike and Steve Curtis's powerboat compete in a quarter-mile drag race. Plus, Jason Plato test drives the new BMW 1 series and Vicki Butler-Henderson celebrates the Ford Capri, discovering why this low-rent vehicle has become highly sought-after by collectors

Fifth Gear: Season 5 (2004)

  • Season 5 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Adrian Simpson examines the trade in cars once owned by stars, meeting people who collect them and discovering how a celebrity connection can drastically increase value. Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay challenges Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson to a go-kart race on his personal track, while Tom Ford test-drives the new Peugeot 407 family saloon

  • Season 5 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    The stories of drivers who have attempted death-defying car jumps and lived to tell the tale - and those who didn't. Among those featured are Tommy Pearson, who followed in the tyre tracks of Thelma and Louise by clearing the Grand Canyon in a Chevrolet, and world record-holder Ray Baumann, who admits to mastering his stunts through trial and error. Tiff Needell enlists the aid of a group of mathematicians to find a more scientific approach, as the team try to set a record of their own for the longest ramp jump in a car with a trailer. Meanwhile, Tom Ford and Vicki Butler-Henderson test drive the new Maserati Quattroporte

  • Season 5 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell put their favourite off-roaders to the test, examining performance, comfort and versatility, as well as the danger of such vehicles rolling over. Jason Plato takes the Chrysler 300C for a spin and Adrian Simpson discovers how video games are becoming a training ground for future motor sport champions

  • Season 5 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Tom Ford and Vicki Butler-Henderson meet Frank Mountain, the sports car-obsessed property tycoon who has taken his love of all things fast to new heights by buying one of Michael Schumacher's world title-winning Formula One racing cars

  • Season 5 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    The team present a special edition celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Mini, scouring the country for the best examples of this iconic little car. Adrian Simpson visits a birthday party at MiniWorld in Surrey, while Tom Ford travels to Hereford, where Minis are put through their paces on the autotest circuit. Vicki Butler-Henderson meets a wealthy Ferrari collector and discovers the pride of his collection is not an Italian sports car, but an immaculate Sixties classic Mini Cooper. Tiff Needell also takes a look at the latest sports car from Noble

  • Season 5 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tiff Needell examine how some people are ignorant to the wear on their car tyres, and investigate new systems introduced to govern the testing of tread

  • Season 5 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell meets people who are terrified of getting behind the wheel, enlisting the aid of psychologist Conrad King to delve into their motoring history and find the reason for their fear. Tom Ford visits Nice to test-drive the Aston Martin DB9, and Vicki Butler-Henderson examines the effect adding nitrous oxide to fuel has on the ordinary family car

  • Season 5 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    The team set a series of challenges to test how cars fare against planes in head-to-head races. Seven-times Grand Prix world champion Michael Schumacher takes on a Eurofighter in his Formula One racing car, while Tiff Needell drives a Porsche GT3 around a circuit in a bid to beat a helicopter

  • Season 5 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    The team crash a new Renault Espace head-on into a 1995 model to see which comes off worst and assess the effectiveness of recent safety innovations, while Jason Plato test-drives the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson present

Fifth Gear: Season 4 (2004)

  • Season 4 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Adrian Simpson and Tom Ford examine the danger posed by small items of loose luggage, which can become lethal projectiles in car crashes. Tiff also road-tests the new Bentley Continental GT - the marque's fastest car to date, which has attracted the attention of celebrities such as David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay and Elton John

  • Season 4 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Adrian Simpson and Vicki Butler-Henderson lead the fight against the unscrupulous activities of rogue wheel-clamping companies, naming and shaming those responsible for particularly mean-spirited incidents. Plus, Tiff Needell pits two BMWs against each other - the M3 and its high-performance version, the M3 CSL

  • Season 4 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    The team take six of the most desirable sports cars and put them through their paces at a specially designed test facility, and Tiff Needell trials Mazda's RX-8

  • Season 4 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    The team investigate an increasing threat to safety on Britain's roads in the form of left-hand-drive trucks. Tom Ford takes a BMW 6 Series for a spin in Spain and Tiff Needell test-drives the Chrysler Crossfire, a hybrid built in Germany, styled by an Englishman and inspired by New York

  • Season 4 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell is in Nice to test-drive the ultimate Mercedes-Benz, the top-of-the-range £120,000 CL65, constructed around a hand-built V12 engine. Spain is Tom Ford's destination as he samples BMW's X3 off-roader, while Adrian Simpson is at Silverstone for a spot of 'drifting' : a form of motor sport in which the idea is to keep the rear tyres spinning through a series of bends. Having started as an illegal activity in Japan in the 1980s, the sport has started to catch on over here

  • Season 4 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell and Quentin Willson test-drive budget cars by Ford, Seat, Hyundai, Fiat, Smart, Daihatsu, Perodua, Kia and Daewoo. Vicki Butler-Henderson gets behind the wheel of the TVR T350, a £40,000 coupe which boasts a top speed of 175mph, and Tom Ford visits the Ministry of Defence's military motor show : off-limits to the general public

  • Season 4 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Vicki Butler-Henderson visits Italy to test-drive Ferrari's 360 Challenge Stradale, while Tom Ford gets behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf. Plus, the team assesses the latest costly hi-tech gadgets available to help drivers detect speed traps

  • Season 4 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tiff Needell test-drives the Lamborghini Gallardo, which boasts a price-tag of £115,000, while Vicki Butler-Henderson explores the perils of rear impacts, which can cause serious neck injuries and high-speed motorway pile-ups

Fifth Gear: Season 3 (2004)

  • Season 3 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Adrian Simpson meets the people behind a record-breaking jet-engine go-kart, while the team discovers whether men are better drivers than women

  • Season 3 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Quentin Willson, Tiff Needell and the team examine the world's leading sports cars - from £15,000 bargains like the Mazda MX-5 to BMW's top-of-the-range Z8, which carries a whopping £80,000 price-tag. Flying the flag for Britain are home-grown contenders including the Lotus Elise and Caterham Seven

  • Season 3 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Quentin Willson assesses some of the worst examples of road rage, spotlighting drivers who think nothing of ramming other cars to get them off the road and meeting Britain's angriest motorist : a pussycat under normal circumstances but an animal behind the wheel. Meanwhile, Vicki Butler-Henderson asks whether the new Peugeot 206 GTi 180 is a match for its rivals

  • Season 3 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell jets to Portugal to test out the funky Smart Roadster, and Quentin Willson enlists the help of a psychologist to help a road-rage sufferer

  • Season 3 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tom Ford goes for a spin in Volkswagen's Touareg off-roader, Tiff Needell demonstrates so-called 'defensive driving' and the team investigate high-security cars designed to protect safety-conscious VIP passengers against everything from bullets and hand grenades to land-mine blasts

  • Season 3 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson discover how easily a 4X4 will roll over, and they test drive the world's fastest car - the Pagani Zonda

  • Season 3 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    The Mercedes Maybach and the BMW 5 Series are put through their paces, and the team discover which is more dangerous - driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol

  • Season 3 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tom Ford and Vicki Butler-Henderson visit the Geneva motor show, where new cars from Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Porsche are being previewed, while Quentin Willson and Tiff Needell take part in a comparison of the dangers posed by driving while exhausted and under the influence of alcohol

  • Season 3 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    A crash-test special exploring the horrifying consequences of high-speed collisions. The team also road-test the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the first model to be launched since German manufacturer BMW took control of the historic British marque. Tiff Needell and Quentin Wilson present

Fifth Gear: Season 2 (2004)

  • Season 2 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Spurred on by thoughts of seasonal stocking-fillers, Quentin Willson reveals the pitfalls of purchasing personal car registrations, while Adrian Simpson takes a chilling journey through the world of paranormal motoring with a peek inside Britain's most haunted car and a close encounter with a vicar whose sideline is vehicle exorcisms. Meanwhile, Tom Ford travels to Spain to assess whether the new Audi A8's complement of electronic wizardry, Quattro four-wheel-drive system and powerful 4.2-litre V8 engine make it worth #30,000 more than the A4

  • Season 2 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Tiff Needell visits the set of a Bond film to look at the modifications on Aston Vanquish supercars, and Adrian Simpson encounters a ghostly Capri during his search for haunted cars. Vickie Butler-Henderson test drives the Bentley Arnage T

  • Season 2 Episode 6: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell travels to California to test-drive a preview model of Nissan's much-vaunted 350Z sports car. Adrian Simpson receives lessons in parallel parking from stunt driver Russ Swift, whose combination of handbrake turns and reverse spins ensure he's never stuck, and Quentin Willson shuns the auctions, preferring to trawl the small ads for a cheap and cheerful bargain

  • Season 2 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Navigator Tiff Needell sets out to prove he's no back-seat passenger as Vicki Butler-Henderson tackles her first rally, the Speyside Stages, which winds at speed through Elgin's surrounding forests. Adrian Simpson travels to Sweden for a look at the new Saab 9-3 : has the sharply styled contender finally got what it takes to give the Audi A4, Mercedes C-class and BMW 3 series a run for their executive money?

  • Season 2 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell tests the Ford Focus RS alongside other hatches on the road, while Vicki Butler-Henderson checks out a second-hand Lotus Elise, and Quentin Willson reports on the personalised number-plate market

  • Season 2 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Vicki Butler-Henderson takes a look at parking-ticket appeals, while Adrian Simpson drives the Volvo XC90 and Tom Ford visits one of Britain's top car modifiers

  • Season 2 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell explores the world of GT cars, asking who makes the best model as he puts contenders the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG head to head to find out which offers the most exciting performance combined with the opulence of an executive saloon. Elsewhere, Tom Ford joins in the fun at this year's London to Brighton Smart Car run where 800 customised vehicles set out to make the 55-mile journey

  • Season 2 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Quentin Willson and Tiff Needell help multi-millionaire John Caudwell spend £500,000 on new cars, Tom Ford test drives the Audi A8, and Vicki Butler-Henderson explores the world of Ducati motorcycles

Fifth Gear: Season 1 (2002 - 2004)

  • Season 1 Episode 10: EPISODE: 10

    Motoring magazine, presented by Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson

  • Season 1 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    The team set a series of challenges designed to test the gender stereotypes associated with driving, exploring whether one sex has the edge over the other when it comes to things like parallel parking or avoiding obstacles at high speed. Professor Frank McKenna, an expert on the psychology of driving, is on hand to interpret the results

  • Season 1 Episode 9: EPISODE: 9

    Motoring magazine, presented by Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson

  • Season 1 Episode 8: EPISODE: 8

    Quentin Willson reports on the pros and cons of liquid petroleum and gas-powered vehicles, while Tiff Needell investigates the trend toward ever more youthful competitors appearing in racing events. Adrian Simpson tests the Renault Vel Satis, the luxury executive car that boasts an automatic handbrake and sophisticated onboard navigation system, and Vicki Butler-Henderson tries out the Audi A4 Cabriolet

  • Season 1 Episode 7: EPISODE: 7

    Adrian Simpson compares the Mazda 6 with the Vauxhall Vectra, two models aimed at the company car market, and Quentin Willson unveils two sporty bargains - the Jaguar XK8 and Mercedes SL

  • Season 1 Episode 6: EPISODE: 6

    Quentin Willson reveals some of the more fanciful excuses given by speeding motorists to avoid picking up points on their licences and Tiff Needell test-drives the new MGTF. Guest presenter Tom Ford gives his verdict on the BMW 7 Series, the stylish new saloon which replaces familiar controls with a mouse-like device called the iDrive

  • Season 1 Episode 5: EPISODE: 5

    Tiff Needell turns to the Italian-made Pagani Zonda in his search for high-speed perfection, and discovers each customer is supplied with tailor-made driving shoes as well as a car capable of a top speed of 200mph. Meanwhile, Adrian Simpson talks cars with DJ Tim Westwood

  • Season 1 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell attempts to set a new British record for accelerating from 0-60mph in a Tiger sports car powered by two motorcycle engines packing 480bhp, while Adrian Simpson explores the enduring appeal of Henry Ford's pioneering Model T and Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the Ford Focus ST170

  • Season 1 Episode 4: EPISODE: 4

    Tiff Needell attempts to set a new British record for accelerating from 0 to 60mph in a Tiger sports car powered by two motorcycle engines packing 480bhp, while Adrian Simpson explores the enduring appeal of Henry Ford's pioneering Model T and Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drives the Ford Focus ST170

  • Season 1 Episode 3: EPISODE: 3

    Tiff Needell visits Dresden in Germany to find out why the 'people's car' has become the 'top people's car' with the arrival of the Volkswagen Phaeton, a luxury saloon to rival the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. Back home, Tom Ford goes for a spin in the supercharged new Mini Cooper S, celebrating the success of the relaunched Mini range. Last in series

  • Season 1 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2

    Tiff Needell compares the new Range Rover Vogue to its rivals from Mercedes and BMW to discover if off-road performance can be combined with saloon luxury and Vicki Butler-Henderson investigates the appeal of the Citroen Saxo. Adrian Simpson assesses whether Nissan have turned the corner with the new Primera, adding a touch of panache to their reputation for reliability

  • Season 1 Episode 1: EPISODE: 1

    Tiff Needell tests the new Lamborghini Murcielago and finds it less inspiring than the older models, while Quentin Willson evaluates the cost of classic cars

Fifth Gear: Special (2004)

  • Bargain Classics

    Three classic bargains - a Morris Minor, a Jaguar S-type and a 1967 Maserati Ghibli.

  • Driving High

    A driver performs a series of tests while impaired.

  • The Ultimate Shoot-Out

    Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson test-drive six performance cars : including the Porsche Boxster and Audi V6 TT : in an attempt to find the fastest of them all. Meanwhile, Adrian Simpson visits the Stunt Show Spectacular in Paris, the largest event of its kind, in which more than 45 drivers battle it out

  • Supercar v Race Car

    Highlights from the motoring series. The presenters pit a supercar against a race car on the track

  • Eighties Special

    The team speed down memory lane for a celebration of motoring in the 1980s, a decade when spoilers were big and electric windows were considered a luxury. As they reminisce, they slip back behind the wheels of such popular Eighties models as the BMW 323, the Porsche 944 turbo and the Golf GTi : while Tom Ford reflects on arguably the craziest car of the decade, the Sinclair C5

  • Fastest Legal Street Car

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Fifth Gear Forever

    Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Jonny Smith look back at their favourite moments from the motoring magazine, and explain what it is like to be a motoring journalist

  • Fifth Gear Stunt Special

    Former special forces soldier Steve Truglia prepares to defy gravity in a loop-the-loop car stunt. To steel himself for the challenge, he meets daredevil aerobatics pilots and experts in mechanical engineering, each of which he hopes will be able to provide him with helpful tips for pulling off his death-defying exhibition

  • Dom Joly Drives a Tank

    Dom Joly takes to the picturesque streets of the Cotswolds in a tank, in a highlight from the motoring show

  • Roll Over

    Tiff Needell and Quentin Willson subject off-roaders to a series of dramatic tests designed to reveal how well they withstand being battered and buffeted in road accidents. Car Magazine motoring pundit Tom Ford delivers his verdict on BMW's technologically sophisticated but controversial new 5-series

  • Lancia Delta v BMW M3

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Hot Rods

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • The Nation's Favourite Ferraris

    Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson unveil the long-awaited results of the programme's poll to discover the nation's favourite Ferrari - quite a challenge given the marque's enviable history of creating classic cars. Will the winner be the beautiful Dino, the ultra-stylish 250 GT California Spyder or the 250 GTO - of which only 36 were ever made - or will the public plump for the currently popular 360 Modena? Last in series

  • Preview Show

    A preview of the 17th series of the motoring magazine, presented by Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato and Jonny Smith

  • Supercar v Race Car

    Highlights from the motoring magazine series. Vicki Butler-Henderson, Tim Lovejoy, Adrian Simpson, Johnny Smith and Tom Ford pit a supercar against a race car on the track

Fifth Gear: Other Episodes

  • Test driving the BMW 320Si; determining if race driver skills will tranfser to a stunt plane.

    Tert driving the BMW 320Si; determining if race driver skills will tranfser to a stunt plane.

  • Car Chases

    Tiff Needell and Adrian Simpson celebrate high-octane car chases from TV and the movies, from the multi-million-dollar 17-minute climax to The Matrix Reloaded, which features 300 Cadillacs and a purpose-built motorway, to the gentler affairs of yesteryear on cult cop show The Sweeney. Meanwhile, Tom Ford test-drives the new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet in Skegness. Last in series

  • James Bond's Cars

    Tiff Needell recalls the many gadget-laden cars driven by super-spy James Bond since his big-screen debut in 1962 adventure Dr No, tracing successive design innovations and learning how spectacular high-speed stunts were staged for the cameras

  • Car Fires

    Tiff Needell investigates the danger posed by cars catching fire and finds out how Hollywood special effects men stage pyrotechnic crashes, while Car Magazine's Tom Ford previews the new Jaguar XJ, whose lightweight aluminium shell represents a radical departure from previous models

  • EPISODE: 8

    Adrian Simpson test-drives the Mercedes E Class, Tiff Needell compares the Subaru Impreza WRX STi with its rival the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 and Vicki Butler-Henderson tackles an off-road course for novice bikers inspired by the Paris-Dakar rally. Quentin Willson discovers that a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow can be picked up for a mere £7,000 and reveals details of a competition with this luxury classic as the prize

  • Dukes of Hazzard v Starsky

    Highlights from the motoring series. Vicki Butler-Henderson races iconic vehicles from The Dukes of Hazzard and Starsky and Hutch

  • Driving on Two Wheels

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Driving on Two Wheels

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Hot Rods

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Lancia Delta v BMW M3

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Street Car v Race Car

    Highlights from the motoring series. The presenters pit a supercar against a race car on the track

  • Fastest Legal Street Car

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Hot Rods

    Highlights from the motoring magazine show

  • Chris Barrie D Type

    Highlights from the motoring series. The presenters pit a supercar against a race car on the track

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