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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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14 reader reviews for Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe.
  • x 3dr

    Aiden Wrenn Date: 12/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am impressed. I've had this car for a year now so I'm in a good position to comment. This is a very charming car, even if not an out and out sports car First the myths Reliablity has not been an issue At 5'10" I fit comfortably with the seat well above its lowest position The back seats are only good for youngsters. If you need a car with adult-sized rear seats get a 159 Running costs aren't low for a high performance car. To criticise it because of this makes no sense. I don't know what WhatCar means by 'spongy brakes'. Mine were squeaky for a while when new, but they're fine now But it's not perfect. My main gripe is that many petrol pumps can't get the tank completely full. I'd prefer a bit shorter 2nd gear, as it can feel a little stodgy when accelerating from low speed in 2nd, but this does actually make the car very flexible in the twisty bits Steering criticised is in some quarters, but I find it perfectly acceptable, turning in precisely and going exactly where it's told. Better than the SLK IMHO, though not up to Boxster standards, but not may cars are It grips like an octopus on superglue system and a great chassis. The ride could never be called harsh, but a smooth road does bring out the best in it And what a looker! Is there a car on the road for under £100K that can hold a candle to it? (OK, the Spider) and the interior is equally gorgeous. As others have said, this is a car for those who value individuality and charisma. And is a great drive to boot

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 SV 3dr

    bobby bhopal , dublin . Date: 03/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    First the bad news- yes it broke down. Or to be more precise I had a flat battery. The dealer has assured me it was just bad luck and in all fairness it hasn't missed a a beat since then. The Brera is really a GT car, it's far too heavy to be a sports car. Which isn't a bad thing as i do long motor way stints. The ride is unsettled in the city but on the motor way it's just fine. The cabin is a very special place to be. A big slab of alu and deeply cowled instruments. You feel like you're in something with soul. Which is just as well because at 6ft I only just fit into the cabin. You can forget about the rear, useless for people, great for extra weekend luggage. I chose the diesel option and gave it some extra poke via a new chip set (245bhp) so there is plenty of pulling power, over taking is safe and the car has a relaxed cruising feel. It's proving a bit thirsty but I'm hoping it will settle with a few more miles under the wheels, though the chip set might be contributing towards its consumption.

    The good news- what a looker. This car draws a lot of attention from other drivers and pedestrians- lustful l stares. This is where the Brera really wins. It's a stunner and makes you feel good driving it. Why have this over a three series coupe? If you really want to stand out and drive something a bit more human then the Brera is the car for you. Just make sure you're local dealer is one of the better Alfa dealers.

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 SV 3dr

    Aaron Spain , . . Date: 21/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I rented this car for a long weekend. It wasn't what I originally ordered (that was a VW Eos), but I thought it was the next best thing.

    Some of the reviews talk about fitting people over 6ft tall into the car, but I can't see how. I'm only 5ft 8in, and my head was touching the roofline with the seat in the lowest setting.

    The engine pulls very well, and the economy is OK for a diesel (about 27mpg). As for other gripes, I found the rear seats useless, the indicator/wiper stalks very flimsy and plasticky and the visibility limited.

    I've always liked Alfas and this was my first chance to drive one. I wouldn't buy this car, but I'd love to compare it to the 159, which would be better for day-to-day use. This is a car you buy for passionate reasons and nothing else, and it would help if you're under 5ft 8in tall!

    It's very good on the road, the cabin really needs to be more spacious and I'm the sure the ongoing costs would be on the high side. But as other reviewers have said, this is a car you buy with your heart, not your head.

  • x 3dr

    Richard Thirkettle , East Sussex . Date: 07/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second Alfa, the first being a 3.0 GTV. The Brera is much more solidly built, in fact it is now up to Germanic standards. I have covered 15,000 trouble-free miles. Alfa are trying hard to improve the aftercare and, although my dealer is OK, there is room for improvement.

    The fuel comsumption is quite bad but you don't buy a 3.2V6 coupe for economy!

    If you want a fast(ish), very stylish and rare car then the Brera is brillant.

    If you want to follow the herd buy a Beemer.

    I agree that motoring journalists should change their opions on the Brera!

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