Country & Base – Italy - Turin
RAC Cars Need To Know:
Alfa Romeo, the company which prides itself upon providing stylish, chic and indulgent cars for those who prefer aesthetics to driving dynamics. The old stigma attached to Alfa Romeo of a car with beauty but little reliability has been blown to kingdom come in recent years thanks to a new passion for building cars properly. Thankfully, while the quality has improved, the passion and style has remained, and modern day Alfa Romeos are as beautiful as they ever were.
If you’re looking for a cheap way to get yourself into a used Alfa Romeo ownership, the 147 is the ideal candidate. Sure, it’s a quite expensive to run, but prices have come down a hell of a lot in recent years and, for the money, there aren’t too many cars out there which offer such a combination of power, beauty and interior supremacy.
For sport car lovers, Alfa Romeo offers the Brera: an unbelievably good looking car with style exuding out of every paint flake. It’s nowhere near as dynamic as its rivals, but it doesn’t really matter, because if you want a car which will turn heads and force your friends to a state of depression, the Brera will do that and some!
If you’re looking for a small, economical and modern supermini, Alfa Romeo offers the MiTo. Its name is takes Milan and Turin as inspiration and, thankfully, the car also draws from the respective cities’ style, too. The MiTo is a great looking, practical and reliable Italian supermini – perfect for a shopping cart or runabout.
And if you need yourself a saloon, the Alfa Romeo 159 is one hell of an option. It’s front-wheel-drive, so it’s nowhere near as good in the bends as a BMW or Mercedes, but it is an Alfa Romeo; so it comes as standard with an exhaust tone which will make your ears happy, an interior which shames the Germans, and a driving experience like no other. It’s not a dynamic car but, again, it is beautiful. And sometimes, that’s all that matters.
Whichever Alfa Romeo motor you choose, just remember to check all the basics like interior quality, alloy wheel condition and brakes. Modern day Alfas are reliable cars, but only if they’ve been properly serviced and looked after. Just remember to bear in mind that Alfa Romeos depreciate like nothing you’ll have ever seen before, so do not expect to make a profit if you plan to sell it on in a few months’ time.