The 4C is priced between the entry-level Porsche Cayman and the flagship S model, despite being faster than both. What’s more, its low weight makes it surprisingly efficient when you’re not driving it hard; it has claimed average economy of more than 40mpg. The 4C should also hold its value well because demand is high and it’s being built in relatively small numbers.
Alfa Romeo 4C quality & reliability
The large chunks of carbonfibre chassis on display in the cabin look fantastic. The hard dashboard is more functional than classy, however, and it’s disappointing that the gearshift paddles are made from plastic instead of metal or carbonfibre. Alfa Romeo has a poor record in reliability and customer satisfaction surveys, although the 4C is largely bespoke and it isn’t built alongside other Alfas.
Alfa Romeo 4C safety & security
Every 4C comes with stability control and a tyre-pressure-warning system, but it’s disappointing that there are just two airbags; Alfa Romeo doesn’t even offer side airbags as an option. The standard security kit includes an alarm that can detect if the car is being lifted.