Chris Harris on... the new Renault 5 EV: "The French have rediscovered their mojo" | Top Gear

Chris Harris sits down with Jack Rix - Editor of Top Gear Magazine - to chat about the upcoming all-electric, reimagined Renault 5. Is utilising the back catalogue demonstrative of an imagination deficit, or should it be plundered at will? Let's find out.
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  • It's nice hearing positive things about French cars as they are often shot at and often with a lot of bias ideas. I'm not a expert but the French did a lot of great smallish cars with a good design. I'd love to see the new RENAULT 16 TS or TX which had been the car of the year back then

    Ant FranchommeAnt FranchommeDag sedan
  • citroen DS has to be one

    James LebronJames LebronDag sedan
  • If Lamborghini made and full electric Bravo, heaven

    MrbigolnutsMrbigolnuts2 dagar sedan
  • Electric cars are trash. Think a very large laptop with wheels, tell me what happens when a laptop battery gets old. There is no resale value, there is no maintainance of these cars. We are being moved into a system of bondage where renting or leasing is the only financially sustainable way to keep and drive a car. Most people won't even be able to afford these leases and will take public transport. Anybody who cheerleads this NWO rubbish should get the rope. Simple as. Internal combustion forever!!

    ryeman95ryeman954 dagar sedan
  • Could listen to Chris Harris forever

    danbobnixdanbobnix5 dagar sedan
  • Oh my god. A presenter that doesn't just praise german stuff but actually enjoys the innovation that French brought to the market. I'm in heaven.

    Picio301Picio3017 dagar sedan
  • A new CX would be glorious .. 🙏🙏

    Damien HillDamien Hill7 dagar sedan
  • Notice how much better their vocabulary and command of the English language is. Huzzah. Plunder away chaps. Thankyou.

    Kirth GersenKirth Gersen8 dagar sedan
  • Speaking about wanting another big French saloon, Peugeot’s new 508 PSE seems to be critically acclaimed as a driver’s car. Looks great too!

    DGB ServicesDGB Services10 dagar sedan
  • Early 90's for new 18/19 Y.O driver, best car ever, Citroen AX GT.

    Vivian FaustVivian Faust10 dagar sedan
  • Couldn't agree more with Chris ! The Mazda, Peugeots and Volvos are killing it design wise. Bmw one atrocity after another 😂

    SpaghettiKillahSpaghettiKillah10 dagar sedan
  • 2:34 Renault isn't a "Régie" anymore since its privatisation in 1996.

    chucku00chucku0011 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris is the goat of motoring presenters

    MegaProtixMegaProtix11 dagar sedan
  • It's not gonna look like that when it goes in to production. Look at the Honda E vs the consept, such a let down.

    Sol FestSol Fest15 dagar sedan
  • I want a small petrol turbo like the original Renault 5 Turbo not an EV. I wouldn't even mind if it was a 1.0 litre 3 cylinder. But they already have the Renault Twingo Turbo, so maybe it should be a 1.2-1.4 Turbo.

    Teds WorldTeds World15 dagar sedan
  • couldn't probably agree more with those two

    Idiotokraft3000Idiotokraft300016 dagar sedan
  • There is too much emphasis on ugly, unreliable, overpriced German cars in the UK and USA at the expense of beautiful French cars.

    ArgentumArgentum16 dagar sedan
  • There's quite a few awesome retro looking EV's. This Renault, the Honda, the Opel Manta and the Peugeot E-Legend. If I win the lotery I'm gonna buy them, strip them and drop in some good old petrol drinking beast of an engine. New meets old!

    TheSillypigTheSillypig17 dagar sedan
  • Are French cars unreliable and badly designed ? Or this complete nonsense..? There was a slightly negative reputation in the past

    Pete DavidPete David18 dagar sedan
  • Reno 5 looks great . Nice design

    langra manlangra man19 dagar sedan
  • "Quand ton coeur bat la chamade" means roughly in English "when your heart beats in a hurry under the effect of a strong emotion." Therefore "Chamade" refers to a very strong emotion, that will make your heart beats faster... :-)

    Julien VerboisJulien Verbois19 dagar sedan
  • The roads will be far better when the hideous trend of the suv dies off.

    Gumpy 49Gumpy 4919 dagar sedan
  • Chamade a question ive always wondered🙈🙈

    Lorcan McGivneyLorcan McGivney20 dagar sedan
  • *CITROEN CX* please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please..!!! Or SM.

    Piccalilli PitPiccalilli Pit20 dagar sedan
  • *MY GREATEST HOPE* with electric, is that we can get back to the days of buying a rolling chassis and having a coach builder do the body for you - that would be a wonderful world to live in...

    Piccalilli PitPiccalilli Pit20 dagar sedan
  • *I NEVER LIKED FRENCH CARS* until bought a Citroen C6 and OMG - instantly converted... Weird AF. Headlight switch on the floor. Door handles that lift up diagonally that you have to explain to everyone how to get out. Tiptronic box that worked back to front. But a ride that was better than my S500 Merc.

    Piccalilli PitPiccalilli Pit20 dagar sedan
  • Sadly, the quality is so poor that after about 2 years they squeek and rattle

    Brutus ofTroyBrutus ofTroy20 dagar sedan
  • I know this, that "en chamade" in music refers to prominent loud fanfare trumpet and reed sounds on an organ, usually ones on display on the front of the case, so I would imagine that "chamade" means something like a "fanfare"...

    Chris BurnChris Burn20 dagar sedan
  • I’d love to see Peugeot make a ralleye version of the new 208 with the 1.2 130bhp version of their puretech engine coupled to a manual gearbox and have as little in the way of unnecessary tech as possible to keep it light as possible. Also in form of GTi by PS with the 225bhp 1.6thp from the 508 GT. Come on Pug!! 🙏

    DGB ServicesDGB Services21 dag sedan
  • Nice to see top gear presenters appreciate modern french cars rather than be all snobby about them like the old lot were!

    DGB ServicesDGB Services21 dag sedan
  • i wish they made a newer similar version of the 406

    Rick MortyRick Morty22 dagar sedan
  • Chamade is a French term that roughly translates to "In the emergency lane, in a cloud of steam."

    Alan HyndAlan Hynd22 dagar sedan
  • i love the safrane V6 bi-turbo.

    asr 01asr 0123 dagar sedan
  • 5 GT Turbo...⛽⛽

    VW GTIVW GTI23 dagar sedan
  • A mehari would be a deal breaker, with a small battery, 50 miles max to go to the beach...

    Lionel Di MartinoLionel Di Martino23 dagar sedan
  • fully electric ?!! instant dislike...

    Caius CosmaCaius Cosma23 dagar sedan
  • Go for Talbo Lago T150, Delage D8, Delahaye 225, Citroën Traction, Citroën DS, Peugeot 504 the e-Legend is modelled from, and reinvent the Renault Twizzy

    Marquis DailyMarquis Daily24 dagar sedan
  • Peugeot 504 Coupe and / or Convertible

    Neil PavettNeil Pavett24 dagar sedan
  • Im french and i am impressed by his knowledge

    aknotpsuaknotpsu25 dagar sedan
  • The gt5 was a sought after model, The 6R4 took things to a new level, It's sister the Clio adopted the same.

    Mark VinceMark Vince25 dagar sedan
  • Why can't we have Renaults and Peugeots here in America, dammit!! We finally got Alfas not long ago but I really miss seeing the french cars on the road. Sure, they're not the greatest, but they're iconic brands nonetheless, specially for those of us who grew up watching Rally racing.

    Fernie ArielFernie Ariel25 dagar sedan
  • This kind of discussion is just brilliant - please bring us a panel podcast!

    Paddy ComynPaddy Comyn25 dagar sedan
  • I hope they make a rally car like the toyota yaris I think they gonna ruined it like honda did with the honda e the shaved away all the coolness of the concept

    Davy Du TréDavy Du Tré25 dagar sedan
  • French certainly had some funky looking cars but reliability was chod

    Daniel FarrantDaniel Farrant25 dagar sedan
  • I want a new Citroen AX

    Chris CuthbertsonChris Cuthbertson25 dagar sedan
  • You had me at: "BMW is all over the place" 🤣

    Bruce KennedyBruce Kennedy25 dagar sedan
  • Top gear should really consider making a podcast I'd really like to see it on SEcrone and other platform's🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    Ncomeka ShingaNcomeka Shinga26 dagar sedan
  • Enough of SUV! Why people need a combination of mini bus and truck if you don't have three kids and a dog???

    hexxon77hexxon7726 dagar sedan
  • boring guys.

    Tobacco StackerTobacco Stacker26 dagar sedan
  • Citroen AX GT?

    Platypus HatstandPlatypus Hatstand26 dagar sedan
  • Isn't a Citroen CX a rebadged Tesla model S with a nice interior? I know, I'll get me coat.

    Paul Le MarsPaul Le Mars26 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris is one of the finest, most relaxed and differentiated men on the planet when it's about cars. I owned several Renault 5s, but the best was the Renault 5 Alpine in their shiny the Alpine A110 that would be the way to go!

    Robertus KoppiesRobertus Koppies27 dagar sedan
  • Citroën SM

    EthelredEthelred27 dagar sedan
  • "Don't ask people for advice", yeah Churchill said that same thing about politics, the jist of which was: if it's important and complicated don't ask a bunch of average numpties from the general public what they think because you'll get some very average responses.

    AnyoldionAnyoldion27 dagar sedan
  • I want a new Peugeot 207cc

    Johnny SmithJohnny Smith27 dagar sedan
  • GTA...Anyone?

    chevyimpchevyimp27 dagar sedan
  • Spot on, the french and Italians ( fiat not ferrari) sell cheaper cars and get criticised for their interiors not being as premium yet if they sold premium interiors at premium prices no one would buy them as they de rather have the German badge. Catch 22

    Chris lightningChris lightning27 dagar sedan
    • Exactly that.

      DGB ServicesDGB Services21 dag sedan
  • Top gear praising french junks!!! LOL. In a nutshell If you are wondering why top gear is just another mediocre bbc program with 5M less viewers.

    Foodways DistributionFoodways Distribution27 dagar sedan
  • Sorry, it doesn’t inspire me like the dear little 5! Got to agree that since Bangle went, BMW have gone right off the design rails, not long later, Mercedes switched to a watered down Bangelesque awkwardness and ugliness and Audi, well they have just been wringing out small variations of the 1980s Audis Design ad Infiniti’s. I love the CX, had it been given a lightweight small OHC V8, decent gearbox and clutch it would be the only car for me. My old Athena was glorious but that agricultural engine and crap transmission,!

    blxtothisblxtothis27 dagar sedan
  • This car sucks in so many ways !!! ...

    d0nn13br45k0d0nn13br45k027 dagar sedan
  • 7:42 I think they asked a focus group and got 3 different names :-)

    The1trueDaveThe1trueDave27 dagar sedan
  • 3:52 - 4:30 Praise be, someone finally said this! I just popped in for an interesting snippet on the new R5 and someone just nails everything I've felt was wrong with the car industry for the last 20 years..!

    The1trueDaveThe1trueDave27 dagar sedan
  • i had a renault 5 williams for 6 months mad car.

    Bennitito SealeBennitito Seale28 dagar sedan
  • Waiting for an electric Marina.....

    Bert SwBert Sw28 dagar sedan
  • Cars that need to be brought back list I'll start: 1. Sierra cosworth

    SkodeySkodey28 dagar sedan
  • Henry Ford: "If I'd asked people what they wanted, they would've said faster horses!"

    Damian DohertyDamian Doherty28 dagar sedan
  • crap

    Defund the BBCDefund the BBC28 dagar sedan
  • Reminds me of the episode of them simpsons when Homer designed a car

    Wolfgang GreisWolfgang Greis28 dagar sedan
  • Renault 4 ev all the way

    Smithy BoySmithy Boy28 dagar sedan
  • Chris is the best. And thinking off getting a megane rs 2011. Any views. Thank you.

    Xxx XxxXxx Xxx28 dagar sedan
  • These segments are so great. Keep them coming, TG! The more Chris Harris the better!

    Atticus BastowAtticus Bastow28 dagar sedan
  • So frustrating that every car these says needs to drive sporty on wheels with almost no rubber, I want comfort - like the old French cars, exactly.

    LS_scapeLS_scape28 dagar sedan
  • With the Renault 4's shape, it could be remade into a Crossover.

    Markus FuchsMarkus Fuchs29 dagar sedan
  • AWESOME!!! Another great looking great idea of a vehicle that the US will never ever see anything like. America will never let decent cars into the country, same as decent chocolate and a plethora of other products that everyone else in the world enjoys. They say it's because of taxes on imports, foreign relations, farmers and chicken, and all kinds of weird nonsense things throughout history, but in reality... Americans know that their versions are so bad in comparison they'd never sell anything and go bankrupt. Try living in the US for a few years and tell me I'm wrong.

    Robot MunkeeRobot Munkee29 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris …your awesome

    Sabah Al-BoukhariSabah Al-Boukhari29 dagar sedan
  • Looking back, for style influences, is a dead end. This is where start-ups have an advantage, they aren't bogged down with misty eyed nostalgia

    baggierols 73baggierols 7329 dagar sedan
  • Citroen Mehari E

    simon nørgaardsimon nørgaardMånad sedan
  • Love listening to Chris. Makes so much sense. Have to say though the best hot hatch of the 90s 306 GT6. Perfect combination of performance, handling and ride.

    Mr PCBMr PCBMånad sedan
  • Remake the Avantime! It was always a car that was too far ahead of its time... perhaps now is the time for it to shine? Plus, a modern redesign, subtly changed, would look incredible!

    PilcrowPilcrowMånad sedan
  • I would like to see a new Citroen DS 21, pure EV maybe even as hatchback and estate not saloon and estate but keeping the same shapes.

    Simon BurleighSimon BurleighMånad sedan
  • if they lunch for 15k euro i am buying one with cash

    JHorvat84JHorvat84Månad sedan
  • Never a dull moment when watching these 2.

    chakalisa jopichakalisa jopiMånad sedan
  • I've never agreed with Chris on anything more than the look of new BMWs. Everytime I see one I can't help but think about "the emperors' new clothes". Who are all these blind people buying these?? I mean, I know they are generally good cars, but they do make you feel sick just looking at them.

    ZesPakZesPakMånad sedan
  • The frenciea are making cool and very nice looking cars too, like the new pug saloon i saw was epic looking and i think the reno talisman is epic

    Emppu T.Emppu T.Månad sedan
  • R5 and 205 EVs would slaughter any offerings by BMW, Audi and Mercedes. As a second car for 40-50 somethings , these are the very cars we want to relive, and plundering the all time great back catalogue for the next reincarnation is great in my eyes. Why not throw in the mix, a Lancia Delta? And I have to disagree with Chris, as a R4 EV would look very cool whilst being super practical with the higher roofline.

    Elliott LesterElliott LesterMånad sedan
  • They've rediscovered their mojo... by bringing back a 50-year old design? How's that progress? The French hdd rediscovered their design mojo since they came out with the 2004 C4 and the 2005 C6!

    Ray BoccinoRay BoccinoMånad sedan
  • 2:26 "When you see an X4, you just go..." Either he hasn't seen the i4...or he has but he managed to "unsee" it... 6:36 "...since the C6, which still looks amazing to me!" And our opinions on 'looks' have definitely diverged! (That or it was an April Fool's joke--fitting, given the video's upload date...)

    ZeHoSmusicianZeHoSmusicianMånad sedan
  • I didn t forget how shitty our rotnoault 18 was. Romantic it all the way. It s junk. Still is.

    klinkskeklinkskeMånad sedan
  • new cars are just too bulky, thanks safety regulators

    1greenMitsi1greenMitsiMånad sedan
  • Harris could be waxing poetically about a Traban or a hand grenade and still mange to make it interesting and informative.

    Das BootDas BootMånad sedan
  • Good job Chris is not in Marketing - Leave the 2CV and Renault 4 as just too iconic, and concentrate on a Renault Chamade and Citroen Ami - Sorry Chris, a chunk of credibility just did a handbrake turn

  • Perfect in every way.

    Don LuccheseDon LuccheseMånad sedan
  • As Chris says we need to see a french (big) car that the french president would want to be driven around in. Not Macron sticking his head out of the sun roof of a DS 5, but Mitterand in a SM présidentielle.

    Mikkel Bom SimonsenMikkel Bom SimonsenMånad sedan
  • there is the DS9 .

    RuiDRuiDMånad sedan
  • Chris Harris is by far the best automotive journalist out there but MUST stay unscripted!!

    Gkc GaryGkc GaryMånad sedan
  • I currently drive a Mitsubishi 300GT but my first car was a 205 GT which was like the 205GTi but without the pokey engine, loved how it handled and drove and the glass sunroof was great. Also had a Renault 5 GT Turbo and a GTX ( 1.8?), all great little cars. Ripped the sump off the GT Turbo, eat three turbos!

    SuperDeadlenSuperDeadlenMånad sedan
  • Top Gear, these chats between Jack and Chris are what's kept me going through lockdown - all car manufacturers should have to watch these as part of their job description.

    DevilBlissDevilBlissMånad sedan
    • Yes indeed! Forget about the focus groups. Listen to what Chris Harris has to say.

      Markus FuchsMarkus Fuchs29 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris, so knowledgeable, and not just on the glamorous stuff, and so damned articulate. Please please keep these going!

    James HulmeJames HulmeMånad sedan
  • When car companies need to go through their back catalogue suggests to me that they lack innovation for something completely new and novel.

    Charles JamesCharles JamesMånad sedan
  • To sell electric cars there needs to be something you want to own it, not have to own it to get somewhere. I think several manufactures need to get together and mass produce the hard wear to bring the price down. Range at the end of the day is the big problem at the moment.

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