Alpine A110 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£47,810
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The A110 is available in three trims: Pure, Légende and S. Entry-level Pure gets 17in alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seats and air-con. 18in wheels, a sports exhaust and upgraded brakes are available from the options list. It's expensive, but priced pretty closely to an entry-level Porsche Cayman. The Alpine gets more kit and is cheaper than the four-cylinder F-Type, though.

Légende trim brings the added convenience of adjustable seats, as well as the parking aids we mentioned earlier. It also adds 18in alloy wheels and some carbonfibre trim inside. We'd stick with Pure trim to keep the costs down, though. Meanwhile, S trim is all about a sharper driving experience rather than luxuries, but you do get a faux-suede head lining, orange stitching on the seats, black 18in alloy wheels and uprated Brembo brakes.

While the A110 is not particularly cheap to buy, it should be rather more affordable to run than many sports cars. Although it's unlikely many Alpines will be bought as company cars, its small engine and light weight combine to give CO2 emissions of a sensible 144g/km. We managed a test fuel consumption of 33.7mpg, which is quite respectable for a sports car and better than you can expect from a Toyota Supra.

All A110's get a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, which the Cayman betters by having no mileage limitation.

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Verdict

The Alpine A110 is one of the most entertaining and rewarding sports cars you can buy – at any price. Being ultra-lightweight means that, despite its relatively small engine, performance won't disappoint, while at the same time it feels even nimbler to drive than a Porsche Cayman. The S version is sharper and more focused, and ideal for anyone who fancies the odd track day experience.

  • Truly involving and entertaining handling
  • Comfortable ride for a sports car
  • Rapid performance with surprisingly decent economy
  • Not much luggage space
  • Poor infotainment system
  • Not exactly cheap