I really struggled to buy this car new last year - Alfa Romeo seemed to make it really difficult to obtain a test drive, then deliver it. So was it worth the wait? It's a great looking car - I share the experience of others here who have had complete strangers stop to admire and comment on the car. It's great fun to drive, very pokey and very comfortable, and the interior quality is high in terms of the materials used: the leather is luxurious, the plastics and aluminium trim high-quality. However, whether the build quality is as high as, say, an Audi is open to debate. The odd rattle is appearing and the bonnet release catch came away on mine. Downsides? The steering feels very light, and is thrown out by relatively minor bumps and holes. It is very sensitive to road camber and strong braking has it moving around a bit. I've asked my dealer to check this but anything they did(?) made no difference. I also found the car driving itself occasionally (not the cruise contol, which I never use!), continuing to accelerate when I took my foot off the gas from a starting position. The dealer looked at this also, though it's happened again once since then. Whether these are congenital problems or just experinced on mine I've no idea - I'm going to another dealer to find out! Overall, it's a good-looking car and great to drive fast. Take a test drive and make your own mind up.
Andy Proudfoot, Surrey, November 6th 2007