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89% Of People Still Prefer The Grand Tour To The New Top Gear According To Recent Poll

On the 28th of February, we conducted a poll on our Facebook page of 600,000+ people. We asked the question that’s been buzzing around for a couple of years now since Top Gear has seemed to find its stride with Paddy McGuiness, Freddie Flintoff, and Chris Harris at the helm: Do you prefer Top Gear or The Grand Tour?

We had an incredible turnout with a total reach of over 160,0

– Grand Tour Nation TG Vs TGT poll

00 people and a total of 38,300 votes. According to the public, 89% of people still prefer Clarkson’s The Grand Tour.

The poll collected over 1,000 comments, too. However, interestingly, a lot of these comments noted that Top Gear has improved massively over the past few years.

“Top Gear has improved dramatically since the new line up – fact is – it’s quite good!” Phil Maciver of Auckland, New Zealand commented.

Michael Shipton also chimed in with similar remarks: “TBH top gear with the new presenters has improved immensely, and is very watchable.,” he says. “Grand tour seems to have disappeared off the screens now, there’s not much competition from TGT!”

The fact that The Grand Tour has dramatically reduced its output since the end of Season 3 to a reported 2 special episodes a year hasn’t held it in good stead, according to fans. Bob Chatterton of Kingston Upon Hull, England, commented: “I love the grand tour but p****d off at how long we are having to wait for the next episode. The new guys on Top Gear are a lot better than the last lot but are still copying the originals and the best.”

Olivr Moran had similar views:

“Top gear hands down. If anything they’ve put out 5 eps, the grand tour one ep, and even that was not very good. The grand tour is pretty much dead now, all doing their own shows, all getting old and bored. Look to the future, and the future ain’t the grand tour!”

To our surprise, we found that the majority of comments are positive opinions of Top Gear and the current hosts. However, the overwhelming majority of the poll wasn’t such a shock. We began our Facebook page as a fan page for The Grand Tour before slowly turning into a motoring news website, so with so many fans still following our page, it’s what we expected.

Do you agree with the outcome? Personally, at the GTN office, we can’t decide. What we do know is that the last series of Top Gear was some of the best motoring content we’ve seen on TV lately. We just wish The Grand Tour would give us more to sink our teeth into.

Alex Harrington

Alex started racing at a young age so certainly knows his way around a car and a track. He can just about put a sentence together too, which helps. He has a great interest in the latest models, but would throw all of his money at a rusty old French classic and a 300ZX. Contact: [email protected]

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  1. That’s because Jeremy, James and Richard ARE Top Gear. Those other guys are BBC’s attempt to replace them, and it failed…they can name the show(s) whatever they want, but it’s the content, not the name, that makes the show.

  2. Top Gear improved a lot and I would rate it higher than Grand Tour at this moment, because it seems GT has gone into hibernation.The stunts Top Gear pull now is very impressive like Freddie on the free fall.I am a huge old Top Gear supporter but these new lads is quite impressive.Supporter from South Africa,I will say 50/50 for the two shows.

  3. Although this poll is skewed, i still do think way more people would rather watch the true three in action.

  4. I don’t believe a single thing on the Grand Tour. The races are fake, the challenges are fake etc. The “oh, one of the cars is slowly going down a ravine and we don’t see it until too late” shtick has been done to death on Top Gear. Don’t get me started on the “Finding nature pics for Amazon screen savers”. That’s just painful.
    Also, Clarkson has just become too much of a right-wing a**hole for me to enjoy. He’s the epitome of the old, mediocre white male.
    People need to judge Top Gear on it’s own merits. What do you have when you forget the original crew? A hugely entertaining show that features the latest supercars, trips to exotic, or not, locations, fun challenges, beautifully shot and produced films etc.

  5. Would be a great programme if paddy McGuinness would just shut up, he is too loud and spoils the show. It’s time to turn over when he starts

  6. New top gear sucks!! Those other two guys just pick on Chris Harris. The only good one of the group!!

  7. I’ve given the new Too Gear hosts a few chances and to be fair they’re trying but I agree no amount of mathematical equation will make it better than the original trio of pranksters (Hammond, May and Clarkson) – *however* – in the last few months I’ve become wearily growing more and more tired of Jeremy’s personal life antics. I agree with freedom of speech but to become everything he said he’s against in a matter of months is something quite Clarkson-unique. Which is why I can’t even watch the Grand Tour any more, merely because of him.

  8. Latest top gear started very well but last two episodes were boring rubbish. They need a Mr sensible like James May , Chris Harris is the nearest to Mr Sensible. The Grand tour although being run these days by old men. is still far more entertaining than even the latest top gear, just wish we could roll back the years and have them start all over again,

    1. Are you stupid dude? The last episode with the Colin McRae tribute was absolutely brilliant.

  9. The results if a poll conducted on YOUR FB page do little more than lend credence to the idea of “confirmation bias.” Think about it.. If I ask a Top Gear Nation (if there is one) FB group which show they prefer, do you REALLY think they’d give the majority vote to Grand Tour?

    1. That’s the point I wanted to make. The page grew as a fan page and still 11% chose Top Gear, plus the majority of comments were in favour of the BBC show.

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