2017 Alfa Romeo 4C

2017 Alfa Romeo 4C
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2017 Alfa Romeo 4C
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Pros

  • Handling is nothing less than razor-sharp
  • Featherweight chassis enables impressively quick acceleration
  • Fuel economy estimates are good and achievable in the real world
  • The sparse availability and premium price guarantee exclusivity

Cons

  • Ride is bone-crushingly harsh, notably with the Track package
  • Few interior creature comforts and almost no cargo and storage space
  • Rearward visibility is poor, and no rearview camera is available
  • Steering is high-effort at low speeds


Which 4C does Edmunds recommend?

The 4C comes in just one trim, so it's up to you whether to get the coupe or convertible. The price difference between the two is significant, but the convertible comes standard with leather seats and the alarm system. The view out the back is nearly nonexistent, so we strongly encourage opting for the Convenience package just to get the rear parking sensors (a rearview camera is not offered). If you want a more robust sound from your baby Ferrari's pipes, the high-end Akrapovic exhaust allows dual-mode operation in contrast to the always-loud sport exhaust option.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

Are modern sports cars too heavy and pandering for your liking? If so, Alfa Romeo's got just the car: the 4C. Lithe and raw, the 4C is pretty much a race car with some licence plate brackets bolted on. But the eschewing of comfort might be too much, even for driving enthusiasts.

Like the old Lotus Elise, the 2017 Alfa 4C treats the driver as an integral cog in the machine rather than a passenger sitting for a ride-along. There's a little bit of leather here and there, but the primary attraction is the carbon-fiber monocoque. The chassis material is not only incredibly strong but also fantastically lightweight, so the 4C weighs only a couple hundred pounds more than a Miata. It's also significantly quicker thanks to a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. These aren't monumental power figures for a two-seater hailing from Italy, but it's pretty impressive considering the engine displaces just 1.75 liters. The combination of robust power and low weight makes the 4C feel just as quick as its big brothers from Maserati and Ferrari.

The downside, though, is that the 4C ignores comfort just as readily as the Elise once did. This is definitely a weekend car as the tight cabin is uncomfortable to get into, get out of and stay in for any length of time. Anything you store in the tiny trunk will warm up quickly because it's situated right next to the mid-mounted engine. And you'll need the number of a good chiropractor, considering the ride and barely padded seats will have you aching in places you didn't know you had muscles. But the right kind of person will be able to live with the 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C's many drawbacks and enjoy a car that has no peers in this price range, or perhaps any.

2017 Alfa Romeo 4C configurations

The 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C should only be considered by buyers willing to live with the inherent day-to-day difficulties of driving a seriously hardcore mid-engined sports car. Its no-frills attitude is reflected in its skimpy list of standard and optional features. After all, more stuff makes for a heavier car, and the 4C is all about keeping the weight down. If you should want a few extras, the Convenience package adds a few luxury elements, the Track package includes performance upgrades and the Carbon Fiber Interior Trim package is self-explanatory.

The 4C is powered by a 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque) paired to a quick-shifting, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. Standard equipment for the coupe includes a 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, summer performance tires, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, power accessories, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch driver information display, Bluetooth connectivity and an Alpine sound system with a CD player, a USB port and satellite and HD radio. The 4C convertible also has a manually operated soft top, leather seats and an alarm system.

The leather seats are optional on the coupe, and leather seats with faux-suede upholstery are available on both body styles. An optional Convenience package adds rear parking sensors, cruise control and, for the coupe, the alarm system. The Track package includes a more stiffly tuned suspension, available 18-inch (front) and 19-inch (rear) wheels, a flat-bottom steering wheel and additional carbon-fiber exterior trim. Additional carbon-fiber styling elements are included with the Carbon Fiber Interior Trim package. Notable stand-alone options include xenon headlights, a subwoofer, a carbon fiber roof, a sport exhaust and a Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe (1.7L 4-cyl. turbo; 6-speed dual-clutch automatic).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Alfa Romeo 4C has received some revisions, including an upgraded standard sound system and the availability of an Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust system in 2017. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Alfa Romeo 4C.

Driving

5.0
Performance is the primary mission of the 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C, especially equipped with the Track package and high-performance tires. As such, this 4C is at or near the front of the pack for acceleration, braking, steering and handling. Everyday drivability suffers for the same reasons, though.

Acceleration

4.5
Turbocharging a small engine sometimes produces surging acceleration, but not in the 4C. The four-cylinder has excellent urban manners along with Corvette-challenging speed. Zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds is darn quick.

Braking

5.0
The rare, bottom-hinged brake pedal gives an extremely firm feel, has a short travel and operates much like a race car's. You'll need to press firmly, but the action is positive and reassuring. Our 4C came to a halt from 60 mph in 104 feet. That's short, but some rival sports cars do even better.

Steering

5.0
The steering has zero power assist, so it gives crisp, precise and extremely informative responses at speed. For a sports car, there's nothing better. But the low-speed heaviness, especially when parking, will be a problem for some.

Handling

5.0
A Dynamic-mode stability control, lightweight body and chassis construction, mid-engine layout, sticky tires, and race-car-like steering and suspension provide uniquely dynamic handling qualities that few cars, even exotics, can match.

Drivability

3.0
Both the engine and the quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission are surprisingly easy to live with, even in traffic. But the ultra-loud sport exhaust and exceptionally firm suspension (both optional) will grow tiresome quickly.

Comfort

2.0
If you're looking for a comfortable sports car, run elsewhere. The 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C, especially when optioned with the purposefully stiff suspension and loud exhaust found on our test car, isn't easy to live with. An example of this: There are no armrests anywhere in the car.

Seat comfort

2.0
Driver and passenger seatbacks are essentially fixed and don't recline beyond about 90 degrees, so you'll either fit in this Alfa or you don't. Padding is minimal, but it's in the right spots. A lack of elbow rests means sore shoulders on long drives.

Ride comfort

2.0
The 4C's stiff suspension is great on a racetrack, but it makes for a harsh ride and highway groove-following dartiness. A lot of rival sports cars come with adaptive/adjustable suspension damping to help smooth out the ride, but it's not available on the 4C.

Noise & vibration

2.0
Purposefully built with bare-bones lightweight materials and minimal sound insulation (plus the optional exhaust), this Alfa is one of the loudest cars we've ever tested whether at idle, cruising or especially at full throttle.

Interior

2.0
The Alfa Romeo 4C's interior features barely tolerable ergonomics, clumsy entry and exit, little legroom, appalling outward visibility, and virtually no cargo or storage space. This is absolutely not a daily driver.

Ease of use

2.0
Eccentricities abound, with a strange audio head unit (with a detachable face), confusing instrument panel and arduous trip-meter reset protocol. Some controls are marginally easier to operate, such as the window switches, push-button transmission selector and drive-mode rocker.

Getting in/getting out

2.0
Because the carbon-fiber monocoque passenger compartment requires wide doorsills, the 4C is the kind of car you fall into and climb or hoist yourself out of. To make matters more difficult, the doors lack intermediate and end stops.

Roominess

2.5
Compared to those of similar sports cars, the Alfa Romeo's cabin has a sense of open space with a low dash and ample headroom. For those over 6 feet tall, however, there's little legroom in either seat.

Visibility

1.0
The view through the windshield is excellent, but the small windows, side mirrors, essentially useless rearview mirror and enormous blind spots make it a challenge in the real world. Optional rear parking sensors are a must, especially because there's no rearview camera available.

Quality

4.0
Some buttons feel embarrassingly flimsy, but the 4C's chassis is constructed like a race car with beautiful handlaid carbon fiber and aluminum cradles front and rear. That alone is worth the base car's price.

Utility

1.0
The minuscule cargo area is located adjacent to the hot engine and under the rear glass. There are two useless cupholders and basically no in-car storage aside from a stretchy net under the dash instead of a glovebox and a lockable pouch behind the center armrest.

Technology

2.0
Like most practical aspects of the 4C, the four-speaker sound system is a no-frills affair. You get Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD and satellite radio. Cruise control is an optional extra, included in the Convenience package along with rear parking sensors and an alarm system.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$55,900
MPG
24 city / 34 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed automated manual
Gas
237 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 4C safety features:

Rear Parking Assist System
Helps the 4C park by sounding an alert if an object is detected close to the rear bumper.
Bi-Xenon Headlamps
Illuminate more of the road ahead than the standard halogen headlights.
Hill Start Assist
Prevents the 4C from rolling backward on a hill from a stop when the driver releases the brake and presses the accelerator.

2017 Alfa Romeo 4C for Sale

Alfa Romeo 4C 2017 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
New 2017
Alfa Romeo 4C
Base
Criswell Maserati - Alfa Romeo
16.1 mi away
MSRP$73,145
Est.Loan: $1,225/mo
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Dealer Notes
Coupe Convenience Group (Cruise Control, Rear Parking Assist System, and Security Alarm), Coupe Track Package 1 (Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler, LeatherMicrofiber Steering Wheel, and Race Tuned Suspension), Alpine Premium Audio System, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Carbon Fiber Exterior Mirrors, Front Fascia Protective Film, Leather Trimmed Interior, Quick Order Package 22C, Red Brake Calipers, Red Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats, Sport Tuned Dual Exhaust, and Wheels: 18 x 7.0 Fr & 19 x 8.5 Rr Dark 5 Hole. Come take a look at the deal we have on this good-looking 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C. It is nicely equipped with features such as Coupe Convenience Group (Cruise Control, Rear Parking Assist System, and Security Alarm), Coupe Track Package 1 (Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler, LeatherMicrofiber Steering Wheel, and Race Tuned Suspension), Alpine Premium Audio System, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Carbon Fiber Exterior Mirrors, Front Fascia Protective Film, Leather Trimmed Interior, Quick Order Package 22C, Red Brake Calipers, Red Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats, Sport Tuned Dual Exhaust, and Wheels: 18 x 7.0 Fr & 19 x 8.5 Rr Dark 5 Hole. You just simply can't beat an Alfa Romeo product. Check out our customer reviews and see why your friends and neighbors choose Criswell - We're Driven by You! Freight, sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge are additional. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. For additional information please contact Criswell Alfa Romeo Sales Department alfasales@criswellauto.com. www.criswellalfa.com.
Alfa Romeo 4C 2017 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
New 2017
Alfa Romeo 4C
Base
Johnson Alfa Romeo of Annapolis
53.3 mi away
MSRP$74,645
Est.Loan: $1,256/mo
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More about the 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C

The 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C is a small sports car that prioritizes performance over practicality and everyday livability. Alfa's parent company, Fiat-Chrysler, typically produces vehicles available in many trim levels that further have plenty of choice for options packages and individual features. The 4C is different, only coming in one trim and two body styles. The small list of options and packages that are available center around luxury, performance and cosmetic upgrades.

As a focused, track-ready sports car, the 4C is all about its lightweight carbon fiber construction, incredibly powerful four-cylinder engine first quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission. Standard features for the sparingly equipped coupe include summer performance tires, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a retro Alpine head unit. The costly convertible version also includes leather seats. You can add those seats to the coupe, along with additional leather trim, exterior and interior carbon fiber elements, a Track package that further increases the 4C's handling abilities and rear parking sensors. Additional passenger comforts and advanced safety technologies simply aren't available.

Purchasing a 4C is a decision not to be taken lightly, as its cramped interior, spartan accommodations and meager cargo and storage space puts it at a severe disadvantage to its primary rivals. However, the 4C's traffic-stopping exterior styling and pure focus on the driving experience might give it the edge to certain buyers. Its exclusivity might also be attractive to those who see a glut of German and American sports cars on a daily basis. You don't have to pay much of a premium for its rarity, as the 4C is priced similarly to other sports cars in this performance category. Remember, however, that rivals will offer much more standard and optional equipment than what is available for the 4C. When you're ready to purchase your hardcore Italian sports car, use Edmunds' shopping tools to help build your ideal 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C and compare dealer prices.

2017 Alfa Romeo 4C Overview

The 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C is offered in the following submodels: 4C Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

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Our Review Process

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2017 Alfa Romeo 4C 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

The 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $73,145. The average price paid for a new 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is trending $1,000 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is1.4% below the MSRP.

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