I may be alone here, but this Alfa just does nothing for me in the looks department (unlike the 159). It looks awkward from the side, bulbous from the rear, and even though the front lights look muscular and angry it just doesn’t make up for what it lacks. Too bad the driving dynamics don’t make up for it.
The pics don’t quite do the Brera justice. This is one very sexy car in the flesh, pity about it’s overall performance, which doesn’t match the styling.
Each to their own, but I think the Brera is just about the best looking car I have ever seen. Ever.
I know looking good doesn’t mean it is good, but if I had say a six-car garage and the money to fill it, I’d buy one of these just to look at.
If only Mazda or Honda did a good version of this, then there would be form with substance for less dosh. I’d personally have a Scirocco over this and save many dollars, if only Volkswagen Australia chose to import the bloody car.
Speaking of the Scirocco, i spotted one on the Hume Highway in Liverpool yesterday. It got me really excited to see it as i have never seen one in the metal. I took a couple pics then everyone started beeping.
Maybe Alfa should outsource everything other than the body and interior design, to VW, or Honda, or Mazda, or well…. anyone. It’s a shame to see so much design talent wasted on what is overall a crap product.
The thing that hurts most about buying any Alfa is the excruciating depreciation.
That is a bog big price to pay for buying a handsome car.
Every time a 159 goes past, especially the turbodiesel, my heart wants one badly but then my wallet reminds me that I do not have a money tree.
CA, is the 3.6 still sourced from GM Holden?
Shak, it’s a 3.2, but I know where you’re coming from. Your question is why doesn’t the Holden engine sound this good. Car Advice?
The Alfa sounds so good because their engineers worked on all the moving bits from the block up to suit their needs and have it sounding as close as to their old 3.0V6 from Arese.
If you going to criticise the alfa gearbox C/A for sluggish performance or putting your foot down only to find nothing happening then look no further than VW Group under engineered DSG. Every serious reviewer and even owners here on C/A have raised concerns about it.
The 3.6 SIDI sells way better than it sounds, and that would suffice for Holden. For ultimate music, nothing beats the Bimmer straight-six!
I love my DSG in the GTI. Wouldn’t consider a manual again after driving this
There is also the reliability factor to be considered
Laurie – your perceptions/prejudices of ALfa are outdated. In Germanys own JD power survery in 2009, ALFA tied second to Mercedes for driver satisfaction and reliability (lexus came first). I have had 2 Alfas in a row now and they ahve been more reliable than my new Merc and older Mitsubishi Verada………..
I owned 2 Alfas in the past and I like Brera. As with all Alfas, your heart says yes, your head says no. Plenty of character but it may disappoint you. If you are prepared to look after it properly get one second hand and laugh.
I love the looks, notsomuch the rest of the package. I’d probably take a 159 or Spider over this. IMO their styling is better from all angles. Dead sexy.
Who on earth buys Alfas in Oz??
My neighbour apparently. lol. They have a black 159 2.4 JTD. It’s quite the delight to see it parked outside sometimes. Great looking car.
why is this review even here? Every driver knows that this car is a waste of steel. It has been around so long and is poor. It’s like reviewing the SSV or any Commodore and pretending it’s a good car
Cool story bro
still a cool looking car, but starting to get a little outdated I reckon….a few years back, it was like a piece of art…I find it getting old now
sometimes it’s not about speed, and I realise the acceleration of this car is slower than a pushbike….but it’s about the looks of a car…I’m sure people aren’t driving around 60′s classics because they go like stink
I have owned 5 VW Golfs, 1 Mercedes 230, 1 BMW528i, 1 Acura Integra sport coupe, and now a Saab 9.5 turbo. I do enjoy German automotive products, except for the constant maintenance, but there are other contenders for my “affection”. In the last 2 years travelling in Italy and Serbia, I had the opportunity to drive an Alfa Romeo 147 with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 1.6L 120bp petrol engine through the mountains of Northern Italy; the car was a rental. Moreover I drove a colleague’s 2009 Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 L V6 from Belgrade through Montenegro to the shores of the Adriatic. I’d never driven an Italian car before but now have a better grasp of why the Italians dominate racing and as such I’m confused by Mr Kitchen’s comments. The cars I drove exhibited exceptional performance, handling, and driveability and the little 147 cruised at 200 kph effortlessly! Are you kidding me? Though it pains me to admit it, my Golfs, BMW or Acura could never compete with either of these cars; I would say my Saab 9.5 comes closest; it matches the 147 in top speed. Quite frankly Mr. Kitchen, I have grave doubts whether a BMW 1 series or an Audi TT could even match the 147, let alone the Brera.
John I’ll give you one thing, to come out publicly and say you own a SAAB takes balls. Your comments re the 147 being better than a 1 series or TT confirm why you would own a SAAB.
Am I missing something here? Given that I cant see any engine specs in the article above (are the specs a secret Kevin?) I went to the Alfa website. Was interested in comparing the alfa 2.4 diesel to that in my XC60. Alfa show no such thing as a diesel Brera being available, 2.2 and 3.2 petrols are all that is listed. What gives?
I don’t believe the diesel Brera was ever sold in Oz. I presume that the article (written by an journalist based in the UK) was not a local car test.
And CA – how about pictures of a MY2010 car to match the review, instead of photos from the car’s UK launch in 2006?
I didnt realise that CA used syndicated content. Question to CA……why show us reviews of cars that we cant but in Australia? If you are going to run this sort of content, at least declare it up front and explain that the vehicle may not be available in Australia. Poor form CA!
What a waste of space this article was. Old photos of a different car.
I hope you didn’t pay someone for this tripe…
Homer, I’ll assume your comments are sincere and not an attempt at pithy sarcasm. My BMW 528i, which required 4 regular maintenance calls per year, performed rather poorly in the winter driving conditions of Canada, largely because of rear-wheel drive and a rather primitive ABS/traction control system. My wife shunned the car completely. I have not compared the 147/Brera in Canadian driving conditions but on the open road the 528i performance fell well short of the 47/Brera; I assumed the BMW 1 series was not the equal of my 528. If my conclusions upset your prejudices, I am truly sorry. I am fortunate to be able to drive a car of my choosing and, parenthetically I drove a Porsche Targa for 6 months before the car nearly drove me insane with maintenance issues. The SAAB (254 hp) is a superb sports sedan, and like Volvo, performs well in our fall/winter climate. Try one, you’ll love it.
John Anthony, you’re not related to Camry Lover per chance are you?
This is an overseas article as the diesel version of the Brera is not sold in OZ. All articles doing reviews of cars that are Italian on this web site are from overseas. Dissapointingly, Ateco (importers of ALFA in OZ) for some reason wont lend CA cars to review.
I had an ALFA GTV 3 litre V6 in 2000-2005. I tested it against the competitors in the form of the TT, WRX, etc. All these cars outperformed and out handled the GTV but by God the sound and driving experience was sensational. I couldnt hand the keys back! It was uncomfortable, drank like a V8, understeered and was utterly impractical. However, it made me smile every time I drove it and I couldnt help but look back at when I parked it. The sound, the direct steering, the gearbox, and the rarity offered a “little extra”. I sold it eventually when the “bambinos” came along and got a 156JTS. Both cars were more reliable than my Mitsubishi Verada that I had for work. I am now in the market for a second had BRERA. I lament the loss of the ARESE v6 and the car may not stand up to the “track enthusiast” whom needs to be the fastest on the day. The reality is that in our congested streets of Sydney, driving from appointment to appointment, the Brera offers enough “Squirt” and reliability to get me around in style with a smile on my face.
I was going to buy this before purchase Audi TT. after test drived it its very ordinary compare to normal saloon.overall its less practical and expensive to service.
Review is great and car pictures and beautiful. thanks for sharing valuable information
When it comes to Alfas, you either get it or you don’t.
Apologies to those who don’t.
I’ve had a 2.2 Brera for nearly two years now and I absolutely love it! It is far and away the best car I have ever owned. Every part of it is so much better than anything else I’ve had in 25 years of owning and driving cars. The 2.2 is a beautiful engine, with bags of torque from idle and power that keeps running all the way through to the 7000rom redline. It feels more like a V6 than a non-turbo four most of the time, despite the car’s weight. First and second are quite low gears, so it gets off the line really well. It’s 0-100 time would be much better if you needn’t need to grab third gear at 85 -90km/h. 0-60 time is amazing for a car of it’s power/weight.
The ride is nothing to write home about (but it is better than the RX7 I owned in the 1990s) but there is nothing wrong with the handling, at least up to 8/10ths. Beyond that it may well exhibit understeer but I can go through urban roundabouts at ridiculous speeds without any problems.
It has been so good for me that I am seriously considering buying one of the 40 new 1750TBi models they are going to bring out this year. If that engine can be tuned to put out the same 173kW as it does in the Giulietta QV, it could be surprisingly quick. I’d also consider a Giulietta but it is very bland to look at and the interior is a bit boring. Mind you, once you get used the interior of a Brera/159, most others do seem bland.
i agree to 99% of all the above apart from the last bit about the interior…i agree 1000% to that )
Sorry for all the typos above, I can’t see a thing on my laptop screen. I’ve been driving for 35 years, not 25, and I was trying to say the Brera’s 0-100 time would be better if you didn’t need to grab third at 85-90.
I own 8 Alfas, from a ’69 Junior, 3Spiders. 2Gtv’s, a 3.2Gt and a 3.2Brera. All of them are fantastic in their own way and they all drive differently (still best handling). Buy what you want and stick to it because you paid for it. Can you emagine that there were millions of people that bought Toyota Camry’s, that says it all. Don’t critisize something that you can’t afford. Drive your TT or VW or DSG-gearbox and try and be happy, I know it is painfull but force yourself, you bought it.