that's something i really miss in today's topgear. their main intrest seems to be speed and blowing things up. now that's good entertainment for some, but it isn't of much use to someone really interested in cars.
most people want cars to get them to and from work in a cheap, safe and reliable way and be able to fit all their stuff and kids when needed.
i know declining viewing figures probably caused the change of format, and sure a carshow without a single screaching tire might be boring but they could focus more on "average" cars. doesn't have to be boring. the socker match between the vw polo's and the toyota yaris was hilarious.