What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The Alfa Brera has stunning looks and some strong engines

Against Very heavy, poor fuel economy, expensive repairs

Verdict A decent alternative to German rivals – and a lot more interesting to? look at – but the overall ownership package just can't compete.

Go for… 2.2-litre petrol

Avoid… 3.2-litre V6

Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe
  • 1. Two petrol engines were offered: our favourite 185bhp 2.2-litre, and a 260bhp 3.2-litre V6. A 207bhp diesel is available, too
  • 2. The Brera has sharp steering that guides you accurately through bends. However, it's no sports car because there's too much body lean
  • 3. Although the car has four seats, you'd need a detachable head and arms to make yourself comfortable in the back. Space in the front is also tight
  • 4. Dual-zone climate control, a CD player, cruise control, remote central locking, leather upholstery and 17-inch alloys are a standard fit
  • 5. Although the Brera was not tested, it's closely related to the 159 compact executive saloon, which was awarded a five-star safety rating
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