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.
Tom Hurrell, December 3rd 2008