The Best Episodes of Fifth Gear
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2019
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 - Bullet Proof Cars
Season 3 - Episode 5
#2 - Episode 1
Season 16 - 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.
#3 - Episode 10
Season 1 - Episode 10
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.
#4 - Episode 7
Season 1 - Episode 7
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.
#5 - Episode 1
Season 15 - Episode 1
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.
#6 - Episode 2
Season 15 - 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.
#7 - Episode 1
Season 20 - Episode 1
The team conduct a shocking 120mph crash test, pit the two most powerful Jaguars ever head to head, blast through mega-fashionable Croatia in a £150,000 Bentley and get to grips with the car everyone's talking about - the Range Rover Evoque.
#8 - Episode 8
Season 1 - Episode 8
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.
#10 - Episode 1
Season 21 - Episode 1
The return of the motoring magazine, with presenters Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato and Jonny Smith reviewing cars and taking on challenges.
#11 - Episode 6
Season 21 - Episode 6
Tiff Needell celebrates the Ferrari F40's 25th birthday, Jason Plato pits the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series against its BMW rival and Vicki Butler-Henderson drives a new Land Rover.
#12 - Episode 7
Season 8 - Episode 7
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.
#13 - Episode 1
Season 12 - Episode 1
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!
#14 - Episode 8
Season 12 - Episode 8
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.
#15 - Episode 8
Season 9 - Episode 8
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.
#16 - Episode 9
Season 9 - Episode 9
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).
#17 - Episode 10
Season 9 - Episode 10
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.
#18 - Episode 11
Season 9 - Episode 11
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.
#19 - Episode 12
Season 9 - Episode 12
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.
#20 - Episode 13
Season 9 - Episode 13
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.
#23 - Episode 8
Season 10 - Episode 8
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.
#24 - Episode 3
Season 11 - Episode 3
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.
#25 - Episode 5
Season 11 - Episode 5
Tom drives the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo Vicki sees if she can live without a car for a day. The Fifth Gear Shootout returns with the Renault Clio 197 taking on the brand new Vauxhall Corsa VXR. Jonny drives a Rolls Royce Phantom to Italy for a classic car show at the Villa d’Este on Lake Como. Yorkshire cricket captain Darren Gough goes head-to-head with Jason on an off-road track in a Volkswagen Touareg.