2017 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
Miles driven: 454
Fuel used: 16.3 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 27.9 mpg
Driving mix: 35% city, 65% highway
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 24/34/28 (city, highway, combined)
Base price: $55,900 (not including $1595 destination charge)
|CG Report Card|
|Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.|
|Room and Comfort||D-|
|Power and Performance||A|
|Fit and Finish||C|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.|
|Big & Tall Comfort|
Options on test vehicle: Rosso Alfa Red exterior paint ($1500), red leather-trimmed bucket seats ($1500), Coupe Convenience Group ($1400; adds security alarm, cruise control, and rear park-assist system), Coupe Track Package 1 ($2300; adds carbon-fiber rear spoiler, leather/microfiber steering wheel, and race-tuned suspension), Alfa Romeo red car cover ($400), carbon-fiber Italian-flag mirrors ($300), Bi-Xenon headlamps ($1000), Alpine audio system with subwoofer ($900), 18-inch (front) and 19-inch (rear) silver fan spoke wheels ($1800), Alfa Romeo battery charger ($150), leather-trimmed interior ($2000), Alfa Romeo Red Brembo brake calipers ($300)
Price as tested: $71,045
The great: mid-engine exotic-car experience for under $100,000; pure, unfiltered performance
The good: Fuel economy
The not so good: Cramped interior, minuscule cargo room, harsh ride, pronounced cabin noise, pricey options, no power steering
If you’ve got a taste for something Italian, then the Alfa Romeo 4C may be a feast for the senses. Certainly, it’s a sight to see with its exotic-car styling and mid-engine layout. Few cars for sale anywhere will pose as consistent a challenge to your hearing. Heavily bolstered seats will grip you securely.
Speed and looks are the 4C’s chief benefits. It can be fairly easy on gas, too. We averaged 27.9 mpg over 454 miles, 35 percent of which were in city-style driving. Creature comforts—or the lack of them—will give some performance-car buyers pause. (Parallel parking with the meaty tires and no power steering left us feeling like the “after” picture in an exercise-machine ad.)
At a starting price around $57,000 with delivery, the 4C isn’t going for crazy money considering the type of car that it is. However, too many options—a number of which are primarily for appearances—can upset that. Given the impossible rear vision, it seems the Coupe Convenience Group with rear parking assist is worth every penny of its $1400.
Check out all of our 4C coverage here.