Those loony Brits at Top Gear have named their Car of the Year, and if you're thinking it's the McLaren P1, Jaguar F-Type, Land Rover Range Rover Sport or Rolls-Royce Wraith, we're sorry to inform you that none of those Anglo automobiles earned the crown. In fact, the winner of Top Gear's most prestigious award is quite the surprise.

Of course, those cars weren't without their own awards. The P1 was the top hypercar (sorry, Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari), while the F-Type netted best convertible and the Range Rover Sport was voted SUV of the Year. Other honorable mentions included the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black and S-Class, the Porsche 911 GT3, the BMW i3 and the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The winner, though, wasn't even a high-dollar supercar. It was the Ford Fiesta ST.

Yes, the Fiesta ST beat out some off-the-wall cars like the revolutionary Volkswagen XL1 and the bonkers Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, not to mention all the cars we listed above, to take the title of Top Gear Car of the Year. And if you've driven one, you'll completely understand why.

As for what it was about the Fiesta that swept TG off its feet? "It's a car that invigorates, excites and rekindles some of the love you thought you'd lost for the simple stuff. A car that puts a smile on your face each and every day. It's the most enjoyable car of 2013," the magazine's editors said. A bold but reasoned choice. Well played, blokes. Click over to Top Gear's website to read the entire article and see all the winners.


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      ChrisH
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the best faces for any car in the industry, definitely the best face on any Ford. Every time I see one I think, that would be so cool in red or black. Yet at this time I don't need a new car, but I smile when I see them
      wsbfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ya looks like Top Gear likes their 3-DOOR.
      mikebyrne17
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't say I disagree, I love everything about mine. Yeah, it's a 5-door. The point of the hot hatch is having a monstrously fun car that you can still take to the shops and won't break the bank. The Fiesta ST checks all of those boxes better than any hot hatch we've had here in the states in recent memory. Whining about not getting the less practical version is the reason us Americans don't get fast, practical cars. The truth is, we're just getting invited to the club for the first time. To anyone who's saying "yeah, I'd totally go buy one if not for the extra doors", you obviously don't "get" the cheap and cheerful performance market, and are just looking for something to complain about. Go drive one.
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not my first choice, but congrats to the Fiesta!
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats to Ford! But I think I like the Jaguar a bit more.
      mustang_sallad
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when Ford only had a 3-door Focus and no Fiesta at all in north america.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice list.
      poopoohead100
      • 1 Year Ago
      MURICA
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @poopoohead100
        Wow annoying avitar, handle, AND comment. You've achieved the trifecta of annoyance!
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          @ poopoocoments Why? Do you plan on shitting all over future articles with your ignorance?
          poopoohead100
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Get used to it.
          poopoohead100
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Ignorant? Ford is an American car company.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          It's a European car designed by Europeans, built and sold in Europe, and the article is about a European magazine/show rating it as car of the year. In Europe. Has absolutely nothing to do with America.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rather surprised by this. The British being sooo biased toward their own brands, I am shocked that the Jaguar didn't win.
        fran
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        They're still biased. Look at their other best cars.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @fran
          To their credit, though, they do have something to crow about this year. The F-Type, and to a lesser extent, the RR Sport, are outstanding.
        E85 450HP Forester
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        This is a British car too, the boring Detroit people did not have anything to do with it, that's why we like it.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @E85 450HP Forester
          thats not wholly correct.....
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @E85 450HP Forester
          Those whacky Brits think Ford is British anyway... :)
          fran
          • 1 Year Ago
          @E85 450HP Forester
          It's still a product of ford. And ford is American so it's an American car no matter where it's developed. (Detroit's car to be precise)
        Hoeby
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        None of the cars that were chosen are British cars. The Fiesta has some of it's parts built here in the UK but every car chosen in this case are not British owned. Rolls, Jaguar and Range Rover were all British but they no longer are. All of these cars have received rave reviews from car journalists all over the world.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hoeby
          Rolls Royce and JLR are British companies. They have foreign parent companies and shareholders, but a company's domiciliary has nothing to do with a shareholder's nationality.
          Hoeby
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hoeby
          Slight correction, I forgot about the Mclaren which is of course British.
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          doesnt bother me because the lines are exactly the same, its just two extra doors and smaller drivers door, but lowering the rear seat is easier, getting rear passengers in is WAY easier and insurance is cheaper.....and seriously, if one removed the rear door handles at first glance the 5 door looks like three anyways....and in darker colors more so....
          Bill
          • 1 Year Ago
          It doesn't seem like it should be a big difference, and I too usually prefer the convenience of a 5-door, but I think the 3-door proportions are just a lot better.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          Hey, I'm just proud that they offer this car (ST) at all on the US market. Being a 5-door is preferable to it being a sedan, or worse, being nothing at all. Some of my favorite hatchback cars were 5-doors, a certain '89 Escort LX comes to mind. It's a very versatile body style. The just-released Honda City (India) is the ONLY small sedan (non-hatch) that I would remotely consider, and that's mostly because it reminds me of the excellent late '80s Civic sedans, and the Fit just makes for an ugly hatchback IMO.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        after owning a 5 door, one comes to appreciate its extra convienience so it quenches my 3 door thirst.....AN insurance is cheaper....
        wsbfan
        • 1 Year Ago
        Most companies give the home market all the good stuff...not Ford. Take a look at all the configurations and options available overseas for the Transit van.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      motortrend, you see that? car of the year, not douche car of the year like the CTS.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm so over FWD cars, but I woulda bought a 3 door ST to put around in on the daily had they brought it to NA.
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