Best and worst cars

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Exclusive Interview -

JAMES May has very firm opin­ions on the best and worst of world mo­tor­ing in 2011.

His top choice is fairly pre­dictable, but not for any pre­dictable rea­sons.

‘‘The Fer­rari 458. It’s spec­tac­u­lar,’’ May says.

‘‘It’s a bit of a bor­ing choice. Per­haps I should say a small Citroen?

‘‘I have a 430 and the 458 is so much bet­ter it makes me an­gry.

‘‘It’s the con­nec­tiv­ity and the im­me­di­acy. My 430 is more gritty and gran­u­lar but, in func­tion­al­ity, the 458 could pos­si­bly be the best car in the world.’’

And what about the worst?

‘‘The worst car of all time is still prob­a­bly theVW Bee­tle or a Tri­umph Mayflower. The Bee­tle is a very im­por­tant car . . . and fas­ci­nat­ing, but I don’t like it very much,’’ May says.

‘‘The worst car I’ve driven that’s cur­rently in pro­duc­tion? I’m go­ing to go for the Hyundai Ac­cent diesel. You are very lucky you don’t get that one.’’

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