Alfa Romeo 4C
The 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C brings up the rear in our luxury sports car rankings. Available only as a convertible for 2019, this Italian two-seater brings it on the performance front, but it falls short of rivals in every other area.
Is the Alfa Romeo 4C a Good Car?
The Alfa Romeo 4C excels as a track racer or a fun weekend joyrider because it has terrific handling, and it accelerates like there’s a jalapeno in the gas tank. However, the 4C isn’t that great of a car, and it’s an especially poor choice as a daily driver. Virtually every other car in the class has a smoother ride and a more upscale cabin with a longer list of features and more space for passengers and cargo.
Should I Buy the Alfa Romeo 4C?
For most people, the 4C is a bad car to buy. It’s a luxury car in the sense that you should only buy it if you can afford to leave it sitting in the garage most of the time. This class is chock-full of cars that are fun to drive, and they’re all more practical and livable on a daily basis than this Alfa Romeo. For a car that is both enjoyable to drive and suitable for daily life, the Jaguar F-Type, Porsche Cayman, and Mercedes-Benz SLC are good options.
Should I Buy a New or Used Alfa Romeo 4C?
The 2019 4C belongs to a generation that began with the 2015 model year. Notable changes for 2019 include the discontinuation of the coupe body style – leaving only the Spider variant that was introduced for 2018 – and the addition of new standard features like a rearview camera, cruise control, and rear parking sensors.
You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 4C, and because there haven’t been that many changes since its debut, a used model will be largely similar. If you are interested in a used car, check out our reviews of the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C and 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C. Also stop by our Used Car Dealspage to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.
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How Much Does the Alfa Romeo 4C Cost?
The 2019 4C’s base price sits around $66,000. Starting prices for luxury sports cars range from the low-$40,000s up to about $165,000. However, the middle of that range is fairly empty, as most cars in the class either start under $60,000 or over $90,000. Most of the 4C’s rivals either cost less or significantly more, but not in between.
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Alfa Romeo 4C Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo 4C or Jaguar F-Type?
Like the 4C, the Jaguar F-Type delivers great performance on and off the track. However, the Jaguar is a better choice for your daily commute. The F-Type has a larger trunk and a longer features list, including a slew of standard safety technologies. Additionally, the Jaguar features stronger engines, more technology options, and available all-wheel drive. Go with the F-Type.
Which Is Better: Alfa Romeo 4C or Porsche Cayman?
The Porsche Cayman finishes much higher in our luxury sports car rankings than the 4C, and its starting price is considerably lower than its Alfa rival. Inside, the Cayman feels more luxurious. There are tons of options to make the Porsche’s cabin even more upscale, including opulent touches like brushed aluminum and mahogany. Overall, the Cayman is the superior choice.