The BEST Episodes of Fifth Gear
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2021
Fifth Gear is a British show and as implied by the title, it's about cars. The hosts have motorsport backgrounds and take you under the hoods of the latest speedsters and conduct tests and stunts to see what different cars are capable of.
#1 - Episode 1
Season 16 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 8, 2009
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.
#2 - Episode 10
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 10, 2002
We explore how cannabis can effect your driving, Tom Ford test the diesel Polo vs Fiesta vs Ibiza, Vicki and Tiff try their hand at Radicals Racing.
#3 - Episode 1
Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2009
New series. 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.
#4 - Episode 2
Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2009
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.
#5 - Motorway Truck Side-Swipe
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 2003
#6 - Episode 9
Season 24 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 21, 2014
In a special rally-based show, Jason and Tiff are schooled to be rally drivers and co-drivers by Colin McRae’s right-hand man Nicky Grist and former British champion Mark Higgins.
#7 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 13, 2002
Tiff Needell test drives a MG-FT. Quentin Wilson Talks about how different people try to get away from speeding tickets caught by speed cameras. Adrian Simpson test drives a modern remake of Triumph TR5. Vicki Butler-Henderson races around in the "Lo Cost" racing series, Finished 14th. Tom Ford test drives VW Polo, Seat Ibiza, and the Ford Fiesta.
#8 - Bullet Proof Cars
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 14, 2003
#9 - Episode 8
Season 24 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 14, 2014
Tiff and Jason take the new vs old Golf challenge, there’s a drag race between the Mercedes E55 AMG and the Mercedes E250 CDI, and the Audi Quattro is pitted against the Audi A5. Jonny drives Bentley's fastest ever car while Vicky tries Renault's latest Clio Cup Race car.
#10 - Episode 7
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 20, 2002
Arian Simpson test drives Vauxhall Vectra. Tiff Needell helps Liz a new mini owner how to race a mini in the "John Copper" Racing Series finished 14th. Quentin Wilson test drives a Mercedes-Benz 500SL and a Jaguar XK8. Tiff Needell Talks to Tom Chilton about being the youngest person to win the British Touring Car Championship.
#11 - Episode 6
Season 24 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 31, 2014
Tiff aims for victory as he races in the European version of the thundering American race series NASCAR. Plus, Vicky reveals the technologically stunning Rolls Royce Wraith, and Jonny is super car spotting in Central London.
#12 - Episode 8
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 27, 2002
Arian Simpson test drives Renault Vel Satis. Quentin Wilson test drives a Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) powered car. Vicki Butler-Henderson test drives an Audi A4. Quentin Wilson test drives a Ford KA. Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson race i a radical racing series, Finish 9th.
#13 - Episode 7
Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 21, 2005
Tom reviews the Mercedes R Class SUV, Tiff drives the BMW M6, Vicki tests the new Mazda MX-5 and Jason tries his hand as a trader. This episode's shootout is between the Suzuki Swift and the Peugeot Jetforce 125 scooter.
#14 - Episode 1
Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 3, 2007
Shootout: Vicki races the brand new Audi S5 against the BMW 335i. Jason teaches Kyran Bracken how to drive on a track and then lets him have a go in an open-wheeled Formula Palmer Audi race car. Tom drives the new Maserati GranTurismo coupe on some beautiful roads in Italy. Jonny drives the incredibly small, but expensive, 4-door Mitsubishi “i” and then tries to get the same thing for less money by bolting two Smart cars on top of each other which ends in a hilarious result. Tiff heads to the French chateau where the Bugatti Veyron is assembled and gets to drive one on both the streets and the track where he gets it a bit sideways!
#15 - Episode 8
Season 12 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 22, 2007
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Tom and Jonny build an armored version of one. Tiff heads to Ferrari’s test track in Modena to see if the new Ferrari 430 Scuderia is faster than a Ferrari Enzo. Fifth Gear Awards including best small car, best family car, best fast car, and best overall car of the year.
#16 - Episode 8
Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired May 29, 2006
Vicki tests out how reliable a 16 year-old Mercedes E Class estate (station wagon) by giving it some very serious punishment. Tom visits a service station in Tokyo where at night, some crazy cars show up for a car party Behind the scenes of the car stunts in M:I:III (Mission Impossible: III). A look at the day in the life of Nick Freeman, a hugely successful defense lawyer who’s been dubbed “Mr. Loophole” because of his ability find holes in the law. Tiff gives the brand new 620 horsepower Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano a thrashing about in Italy.
#17 - Episode 9
Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 5, 2006
Jason drives the Lexus GS450h, the first high performance hybrid. Tom sees if 22 people can cram into the new Fiat Grande Punto, a small city car. An update on the winners of all of the cars given away this season by Fifth Gear. A small teaser trailer of a segment that will shown later in the year of behind the scenes of the new James Bond film, Casino Royale, and the new James Bond car, the Aston Martin DBS. Tiff races an Aston Martin DBR9 at Silverstone in the brand new GT3 Championship, against rivals driving Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Corvettes, Maseratis, and Ascaris. Jon Bentley looks into what happens if you put the wrong fuel type into your car. Vicki races a gas (petrol) powered Vauxhall Astra VXR against a tuned diesel powered one driven by Paul O’Neill, an aspiring racing driver and brother of former Spice Girl, Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice).
#18 - Episode 10
Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 3, 2006
Fifth Gear Shootout: Tiff races a BMW 130i M Sport against a Volkswagen Golf R32. Tom examines the new Citroen C6 and gets driven around by Tiff while having a flat tire. Vicki does some budget racing in Rallycross Jason drives the latest generation of the Honda Legend and pits it against it’s rivals, the Audi A6 and a BMW 530i. Guest presenter Tim Lovejoy asks Carl and Didz from the rock band Dirty Pretty Things to pass judgement on the new Radford Mini. Tom’s final report from Japan where this time he visits the world’s largest car dealership which is actually more like a theme park than an actual car dealership. Vicki finishes off the Mercedes E Class from a previous episode.
#19 - Episode 11
Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 10, 2006
Vicki attempts to set a new world record for the most distance traveled in one hour by seven people in a mini-MPV (minivan). Tiff races a Dakar rally BMW motorcycle with it’s BMW X5 support vehicle to see which would win on a known offroad course, the 4×4 or the motorcycle. Jon Bentley gives a 60 second driving review of the Volkswagen EcoRacer. Tom flies to Austria in Alan Sugar’s private jet to test drive the new Audi TT on the road up Austria’s highest mountain, Großglockner. Conclusion of the Fifth Gear concept car competition where the winner is announced. Tiff learns to drift and enters the UK’s inaugural Drifting competition, the D1GP, in a 590 BHP 1991 Toyota Soarer which is fitted with a turbo from a truck. Jason drives the very quick Brook Double R, a brand new British sportscar which is styled like a 60’s grand prix racer, on Britain’s bendiest road.
#20 - Episode 12
Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 17, 2006
Vicki examines all things braking including the differences between different people when it comes to braking and how much worn tires affect your braking in the wet. Jason drives the awesome new Porsche 911 Turbo. Behind the scenes of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Tiff teaches Tom to drive a Lamborghini Gallardo really fast around a track in order to bring his skills up to the Fifth Gear standards. Jon Bentley checks out the top three ultimate car sound systems and evaluates each. Vicki races two small pickup trucks, the Mitsubishi L200 and the Nissan Navara (aka the Nissan Frontier), against each other offroad.
#21 - Episode 13
Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 24, 2006
Vicki tests the limited edition BMW 320Si which was made to celebrate BMW’s success in the World Touring Car Championships. Jason finds out if the skills of a racing driver will transfer to the cockpit of a aerobatic stunt plane. Tiff drives a race-spec McLaren F1 and a Ferrari Enzo on public roads. Behind the scenes of the Pixar film Cars. Jon Bentley examines a new safety device for motorcyclists, an airbag jacket. Tom drives the new Ferrari 599 1200 miles from Belgium back home to the Ferrari factory in Italy.
#22 - Episode 1
Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2006
#23 - Episode 2
Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2006
#24 - Episode 8
Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2006
Jason finds out if he can find an exciting used car for £9000 and then sell it for a profit. Tiff drives the Lotus Exige 265E, a bio-ethanol powered car that ends up getting 50 HP more due to it’s fuel. Tom checks out the new Volvo C30 Sports Coupe. Exclusive behind the scenes of the car stunts in the next Bond movie, Casino Royale. Vicki creates an ejector seat scene similar to the one from the Bond movie, Goldfinger.
#25 - Episode 3
Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired May 14, 2007
Tom checks out the gadgets on the new Lexus LS460 and then sees if he can get the same gadgets for less on an older Lexus. To test the durability of a windshield, Fifth Gear lobs chickens, rocks, and a road cone at one. Jonny spends 12 hours locked in the new smart fortwo to see how comfortable it is. Virgin Radio Breakfast Show DJ Christian O’Connell gets a stunt driving lesson from Russ Swift. Vicki attempts to replicate the infamous C’était un rendez-vous using a diesel powered Citroën C3. Tiff takes the new Bentley Continental GTC out with two models in the back to see if going faster makes their hair get blown around less.