Only had the car for 2 weeks but have to say very impressed. Purchased 2nd hand (6 months old - 6000 miles). Have got the auto box which is beautifully smooth and great fun if you switch to either sports mode or use the paddles on the steering wheel. Build quality seems very good - the cabin is especially well put together and provides a really great driving environment. I am 5ft 11" and have no problem with headroom but with my seat in a comfortable position there is NO room behind for a rear seat passenger. Handling and ride is superb on the 18" optional wheels and the steering is precise with great feel - no idea where Whatcar get their 'vague' comment. As everyone else says this car is really about the looks - and it looks fabulous. People really do stop and stare. Like others I bought this car with my heart - and I am still in love.
I have owned my Brera 2.4 JTDM for six months and covered a little under 10,000 miles in that time.
The performance of the car is very good, with 200 bhp and a broad and accessible spread of torque far removed from the narrow power band delivered by our two-litre VW Golf GT TDi and Audi A3 Sportback before that. The engine is also happy to rev freely through the range, with well-chosen gear ratios and a relaxed sixth gear for motorway cruising.
Ride and handling are firm, especially with the 18” alloys fitted to my car, but the suspension copes well with most surfaces and avoids undue crashing over potholes and ruts; no manufacturer can engineer out all the effects of low profile tyres and heavy, large alloy wheels. The steering is direct and precise, if somewhat lacking in feel: perhaps due to the heavier diesel engine in this model.
These things, however, are secondary to the overall experience which is the most satisfying of any car I have owned or driven to date. The styling is exquisite, with an overall impact matched by fine detailing on the exterior and throughout the interior. The quality of the fit and finish on my car is superb, with great features such as the real brushed aluminium dash and very attractive white on red “chronograph” dials.
Overall, this is a car that I bought with my heart but have had no cause to question when thinking purely with my head. It is a reliable, fast, well-built GT with huge presence and pleasure in ownership.
Love it - there is not much more I can say. I have just upgraded from a Mini Cooper S and although the drive and engine are not as urgent, the overall feel, quality and style are remarkable.
The is not a practical car...but it is a coupe - buy a 159 if you want great back seats. The boot is massive albeit with a high lip. The quality and equipment levels are very generous, the interior is an amazing place to be and the massively comfortable, elegant leather seats make journeys a real treat. The engine revs freely, the sound and blurb, just stunning.
Other reviewers have mentioned the wow factor and I couldn't agree more, although I was sceptical. People have stopped me in the street and commented, others stare and take photo's...really amazing considering the price of the car.
What a car! I've had mine for 3 months and I absolutely love it. It is a beautiful car that draws a great deal of attention. It is not only fantastic to drive but also boasts a surprising practicality.The cabin is roomy, functional, and a very cool place to be. The gadgets are guaranteed to impress your friends though I have read the handbook twice and still do not know how to operate everything. Granted there is not much room in the back, but if you want this car you should not be a family man, but a man who has a new hottie in the passenger seat on a daily basis.The drive is comfortable, and the grip is exceptional. It is very firm on the 18"rims and the clearance is less than you might expect. I would describe it as a GT rather than a sports coupe, though I have this nagging feeling that I should have gone for the 3.2 as there is a lack grunt and the engine noise is more of a purr than a growl. Negatives? My steering pulls to the left despite many trips to the dealer to get it sorted. The boot release works intermitantly and the visability isn't great. The car does not like driving at slow speeds especially when cold, which can make for a jerky ride around town. I was also greatly disappointed by the MPG. Despite a claimed 38, my best on a motorway sitting at 70mph is 32mpg. More realistic driving returns a paltry 27, which is not much better than my friend's 22mpg in his 3.2 version.Despite this, when I park up and walk away, I always look back and smile.
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