I thought the pre-recoreded pieces, on the whole, were interesting. 5 minutes talking about a wreck was a bit of a stretch, and Jodi Kidds piece was poor. A great car, great scenery and not much to say. Too much touching the car and overpowering music.
On the subject of touching, why so many people sat on the car bodywork?! I can't imagine the expletives coming out from Janitor if he were still around.
For a first episode it wasn't bad. The studio sections were cringey, but so too was the first few seasons of the modern era Top Gear in the studio. It takes time to form a bond with a fellow presenters. Fifth Gear never quite managed it in all their years on Five, despite numerous presenter and venue changes. But they didn't let things settle long enough.