Nothing I remember fondly about Top Gear had much to do with the restrictions by the BBC (which usually gave the team lots of freedom and money) or the Guardian. So far I've come across one piece of genuinely constructive criticism on this thread, which is that TGT could do more in the countries the tents are placed.
All in all, I'm amused that after half of decade of moaning about how shitty and awful Top Gear was, we're now condemning TGT for not reaching the heights of Top Gear. And yet I bet that in 2020 there will be a thread about how The Grand Tour has declined from the greatness of its first series.
I have a question for you: is TIME the real problem for TGT?
Do they have enough time to film all the material needed to put a great show together or is the timetable so strict, they have to rush it all?
Think about it: 12 episodes and as soon as the season finishes, they have to start filming again...
You stopped just before it started to improve.