There's a decent choice of engines and the steering is sharp. The Brera is a lot less common than German rivals.
It’s not cheap, there isn’t much space in the back and rivals are more fun to drive. Petrol models are thirsty and not as quick as you’d hope.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Two petrol engines are offered: a 185bhp 2.2-litre and a 260bhp 3.2-litre V6. A 207bhp diesel is available, too. Either petrol engine provides a great soundtrack and the performance to match. The 3.2 in particular is muscular and swift. The 2.2 needs to be worked harder to make quick progress, but it's no slouch.
Ride & Handling
The Brera has sharp steering that guides you accurately through bends. However, it's still no sports car because there's too much body lean. Push hard and the front tyres drift wide - especially in heavier V6-engined versions. On the other hand, though, the four-wheel-drive system on the V6 allows more secure acceleration on greasy roads. The Brera is quite forgiving over patchy surfaces, but it tends to lurch over larger humps and shudder over potholes.
There's a pleasant burble from the 2.2 at low revs, and a harder-edged rasp close to the red line. The V6 grumbles in a low, bass voice at idle, and sounds better the harder it's pushed. At a steady cruise, neither engine intrudes, and wind and road noise are kept to acceptable levels.