| 7th April 2011
Buying a new Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo is a manufacturer that will bring a grin to many a petrolhead’s face.
It is one of the only major manufacturers that has managed to combine the sublime and the ridiculous and remain an influence on the market place.
That’s because despite being quite unreliable and impractical, Alfa Romeos are some of the most engaging and enjoyable cars to drive as well as being some of the best looking too.
The stylish coupes and hatchbacks are fitted with powerful engines, an iconic front-end with off-centre registration plates and the characteristic front grille.
Whilst this means they look great, the design has also impacted on interior space, visibility and practicality.
However more recent Alfa Romeo’s - like the Giulietta and the MiTo - have managed to shake the unreliable, impractical tag off. While this has unfortunately translated into a less excitable drive it does mean that the brand is much more of an all rounder than it ever used to be.
The Alfa Romeo range
Alfa Romeo 159
The 159 is Alfa’s replacement for the much maligned 156 - a car that was less practical than the proverbial chocolate tea pot - and that appears to have been the design brief for Alfa’s flagship compact exec.
Where the 156 was cramped the 159 is relatively spacious if a little more intimate than many of its rivals however the Italian beauty has a surprisingly large boot.
With the boring stuff out of the way, it’s difficult to say anything about the 159 without harping back to its stylish and sleek appearance and the comprehensive range of engines available to match the drive to the look.
The engine line-up is mated to a car that handles superbly and makes the 159 feel a lot livelier than it actually is.
Alfa seems to have ironed out the reliability issues on the new 159.
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Alfa Romeo Brera
The Alfa Romeo Brera is about as symbolic as a car could possibly be of a manufacturer: It looks brilliant, has a very excitable drive but it has a supremely impractical interior.
On the outside it’s a classic Alfa with a sleek body and that iconic front end however this time it has a rounded rear end as opposed to the box you find on the 159.
Again there’s an extensive list of engine options that as well as delivering an energetic if hairy drive also provide decent fuel consumption returns.
However the negatives are about as comprehensive as the engine range - if you want a car that’s more than something to look at and thrash about in.
Average sized people will struggle with the low roofline while rear seat passengers will need to be patient, flexible and small to inhabit the ’seats’ provided by the Italian manufacturer.
If you’re after a stylish car and you don’t make a habit of hauling luggage and passengers in the rear then the Brera is an exciting option.
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta
The Giulietta is Alfa Romeo’s replacement for the 147 and the Italian manufacturer has pulled out all the stops on this hatchback.
As well as delivering a good looking car that looks better than most other hatchbacks, Alfa Romeo has also done something unusual in making a car that is also practical, reliable and sensible.
It is far more spacious than its predecessor and the interior is also finished to a higher quality.
Where before Alfa’s were synonymous with fairly fragile fittings and fixtures the Giulietta is sturdy, well put together and built to last it seems.
Under the bonnet the Alfa benefits from its alliance with Fiat as it comes with a range of fabled MultiAir engines that deliver fantastic fuel economy figures as well as decent CO2 emissions.
The Giulietta is a class leader in terms of its handling as well: a genuine rival to the Golf.
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Alfa Romeo GT
Like the Brera, the GT is as stylish as it is impractical.
The coupe is undoubtedly good looking as it benefits from typical Alfa touches like the obvious front-end, low profile and raked roofline but it’s also about as unsuited to tall people and luggage as you can imagine a car to be.
Alfa Romeo has typically sacrificed interior comfort and room for looks which relegates the GT to a purely aesthetic purpose.
What it does do well is mate an exciting drive with exciting looks courtesy of a choice of two potent engines.
While it may not offer a comfortable and relaxing drive it does keep the driver involved.
Again, like the Brera, if you’re after a good looking car and there are no concerns regarding practicality and logic, then the GT is a brilliant choice.
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Alfa Romeo MiTo
The MiTo is Alfa’s small car entrant and one that has quirky good looks and a similar design to the Fiat 500 - as well as sharing some of the brand’s engines.
Like a lot of small cars at the moment, the MiTo has been given an unusual design with a wide-eyed open-mouthed front end and it sits firmly in the love-it or hate-it category.
If you’re a fan of its appearance then the MiTo is a good car.
Like the Giulietta it has shed a lot of the major issues concerning Alfa’s of old; it’s not so unreliable, the interior is sturdy and it’s relatively economical, particularly the innovate MultiAir models.
It does retain Alfa’s hate of space but in a small car like this that isn’t a priority.
It is fitted with a sophisticated range of driving systems and technologies that pushes the MiTo to the front of the class in terms of its drive and handling.
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Alfa Romeo Spider
The Spider is a stylish cabriolet from Alfa Romeo and one that probably holds style over substance.
It is based on the Brera and so does everything that car does.
Unfortunately that means it also has the pitfalls of the Brera as well: a cramped car with sporadic handling.
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