2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C
MSRP range
$55,900 - $65,900
2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

Pros

  • Handling is razor-sharp
  • Featherweight chassis enables impressively quick acceleration
  • Fuel economy estimates are good and achievable in the real world
  • Sparse availability and limited appeal guarantee exclusivity

Cons

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


Which 4C does Edmunds recommend?

The biggest choice you have to make is whether you want the coupe or the convertible (Spider), and that is the kind of personal decision we would not presume to dictate. But we do strongly encourage you to opt for the Convenience package, which adds rear parking sensors. Since there's no backup camera available and rear visibility is poor, we think the sensors are a must. The dual-mode Akrapovič exhaust is also a nice add-on since it provides both a robust exhaust note and a more subdued mode.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

2.5 / 5

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C checks a lot of boxes on the exotic sports car wish list: It's from Italy, its engine is behind the seats, the chassis is a carbon-fiber monocoque, and the entire car weighs less than 2,500 pounds. The 4C also uses rack-and-pinion steering — with no power assist. That particular cutting-edge automotive technology showed up in, oh, the 1930s. But having it in a 2018 car when everything else has numb-feeling, electric-assist racks is almost a revelation.

In the 4C, manual steering both saves weight and provides greater feedback to the driver, and this car is all about lightness and feedback. The engine shouts right in your ear, the suspension communicates every minuscule imperfection in the road, and the minimally padded seats make sure you feel every vibration. This raw, unfiltered driving experience is both what makes the Alfa a unique standout among modern cars and what makes it an unlivable daily driver. The 4C is definitely a second — or maybe third — car.

For the money, there are plenty of engaging sports cars that are significantly easier to live with (you know, if you don't have a garage big enough for a small fleet). The Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Jaguar F-Type are all exceptional driver's cars. All have their strengths and weaknesses, but they're all more comfortable and more practical.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 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-engine sports car. Its no-frills attitude is reflected in its skimpy list of standard and optional features. After all, more features make 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 turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine (237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque) paired to a 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, an 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 an Akrapovič 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 the2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider (turbo 1.7L inline-4 | 6-speed dual-clutch automatic | RWD).

Driving

3
With its turbocharged mid-engine layout and high-effort controls, the 4C commands a driver's respect and delivers a high sensation of speed. When driven in its sweet spot, the 4C is rewarding and feels like a modern classic. But we'd pick something else if looking for a daily driver.

Acceleration

3
The 4C typically leaves the line cleanly and is followed by the sensation of a wave of power as the engine spins up and the boost builds. Launch control is effective, but acceleration to 60 mph proves relatively unimpressive for the class at 5 seconds and requires perfectly timed manual shifts.

Braking

3
The brakes require a lot of effort to work and are a hassle in everyday driving. But they have tip-of-the-toe control, thanks to a floor-pivot pedal, respond well to performance braking and deliver a ton of feedback. A stopping distance of 107 feet from 60 mph is great, but the experience is lively.

Steering

3.5
There is no power assist, and steering effort is extremely high from a stop but decreases with speed. Feedback is there in droves but so is bump steer, and the level of sensitivity is sometimes overwhelming. On-center feel is excellent, but there's a weird dead zone right off center.

Handling

3
Its lightweight, sticky tires and stiff suspension give drivers the ability to carry high cornering speeds, but its sensitivity to road bumps or grooves quickly sap confidence. The 4C changes direction as quickly as you can move the wheel and responds well to changes in throttle, but it's a handful.

Drivability

3
Normal mode produces fairly relaxed drivability, though the transmission will on occasion throw a languid shift, causing a lazy drive-off. Dynamic mode is where the fun is at, and it works decently for more spirited street driving. Paddle shifters are great for twisty roads.

Comfort

2
For track enthusiasts, the 4C is great: It has supportive leather bucket seats and air conditioning, which are luxuries for aficionados. But those who plan on street driving it more than occasionally will quickly grow weary of the stiff ride, loud cabin and uncompromising seats.

Seat comfort

2.5
The fixed-back seats have a fairly ergonomically friendly shape. The bolsters are deep and supportive at the thighs but widespread at the seatback. The thin padding transmits all manner of bumps and vibration directly onto your spine. During pure performance driving, though, the comfort issues seem to melt away.

Ride comfort

2
Stiffly sprung with aggressive damping, the 4C follows road contours and irregularities with laserlike precision. Rolling bumps are less of an issue, but the shock from hard-edge bumps, such as those from grates and potholes, are readily transmitted into the cabin.

Noise & vibration

1
The 4C is a very loud car. Levels of engine and wind noise are the biggest problem, followed by road noise, pebbles, rocks, and other debris bouncing off the bottom of the carbon tub and wheelwells. Forget conversation and consider ear plugs for longer drives. Engine and road vibrations are ever present.

Climate control

3
The single-zone, non-automatic air-conditioning system is pretty basic and has chunky knobs for ease of use. The fan motor is loud at its highest setting yet doesn't move a lot of air. It is sufficient enough to cool the tiny cabin, assuming the top is up.

Interior

2
The interior looks nice and minimalistic, but it lacks the friendlier ergonomics of other modern sports cars. Getting in and situated inside the cabin is akin to a warrior donning armor; it's rigid, claustrophobic and meant for business. If you're considering a 4C, it won't be for its touring comfort.

Ease of use

3
Transmission control buttons are unconventional (1 is for drive, A/M swaps from auto and manual shift), but the rest of the car is straightforward and all controls are close at hand. All switches are solid and well-labeled. But parts of the gauge cluster are covered by the wheel.

Getting in/getting out

1
A low seat height, small door opening (when the roof is on), pokey seat bolsters, and wide door sills mean getting in and out is no graceful feat. And caution must be exercised when opening the door: Its featherlight weight and lack of detents mean it can go flying open into things.

Driving position

2.5
The 4C's seating position is conducive for performance driving, but the fixed backs don't make for a comfortable cruising position. The seat can adjust fore/aft with a minimal amount of tilt, but there's no height adjustment. The steering column is also minimally adjustable for tilt and reach.

Roominess

2
Compared to other two-seaters in the class from mainstream makers, the 4C's cabin feels tiny. Hiproom and shoulder room are marginal for the average adult, while all other measurements feel claustrophobic. It looks larger from the outside.

Visibility

2.5
The 4C's visibility is compromised because you sit so deep in the car. The view directly rear is hampered by a high decklid and small rear window, and rear three-quarter views are nonexistent due to the roof's roll-hoop structure. Thank goodness for the rear parking sensors.

Quality

3.5
Some details lack finishing, such as the inside of the engine compartment and control stalks, but most of the other areas are well put-together. The materials are excellent in quality, with supple leather seats and steering wheel, real carbon-fiber accents, and red contrast stitching.

Utility

1
There shouldn't be any expectation of ample cargo volume, and the 4C delivers as expected. The small trunk is better than nothing. But the lid is heavy, and you need two hands to set it open. The compartment gets hot next to the engine. The inside isn't much better, with no real storage areas.

Small-item storage

1
There is virtually no interior space for items. Underneath the parking brake lever is a shallow tray about the size of an average wallet. Leather-wrapped nodes in between the seat and frame feature a single slit that's barely big enough for a plus-size phone. This is surprising, even for the class.

Cargo space

2
The rear trunk is small, just barely fitting one carry-on bag, and the manual prop rod makes for inconvenient loading. You wouldn't be able to store the top in there along with a carry-on bag, so topless road trips will be tricky. This is a small car, but you knew that already.

Child safety seat accommodation

1
There are no LATCH anchors, but there is a tether behind the passenger seat, near the floor. The tight door opening will make fitting a child seat extremely difficult.

Technology

1
This is one of the 4C's weakest links but also an easy fix. Dash real estate is limited, so a proper infotainment system was always going to be difficult to integrate. But there are better options in the aftermarket than what you get here from the Alfa factory.

Audio & navigation

1
The stereo is an off-the-shelf Alpine head unit. It's not intuitive, and frankly better aftermarket head units are available. Audio quality is subpar, but that's less of an issue considering how loud the cabin is. There is no navigation system.

Smartphone integration

2
We found Bluetooth pairing to be hit or miss, even when we followed directions. When it works, the system is satisfactory, though it's hard to hear over the interior noise. The USB cord is located in a pouch at the bottom of the passenger-side dash, which is a ridiculous solution in this day and age.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$65,900
MPG
24 city / 34 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed automated manual
Gas
237 hp @ 6000 rpm
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.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C for Sale

Alfa Romeo 4C 2018 Spider 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
New 2018
Alfa Romeo 4C
Spider
MSRP$71,845
Est.Loan: $1,337/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
Alfa Rosso 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C RWD 6-Speed Automatic All-aluminum direct-injection 1750cc Turbo engine 2D Convertible, All-aluminum direct-injection 1750cc Turbo engine, Alpine Premium Audio System w/Subwoofer, Convenience Group - Spider, Cruise Control, Quick Order Package 22A, Rear Parking Assist System, Red Brake Calipers, Wheels: 17 x 7.0 Fr & 18 x 8.0 Rr Black Alloy. Recent Arrival! 34/24 Highway/City MPG 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 2018 Spider 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
New 2018
Alfa Romeo 4C
Spider
MSRP$76,495
Est.Loan: $1,423/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
Black 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C RWD 6-Speed Automatic All-aluminum direct-injection 1750cc Turbo engine All-aluminum direct-injection 1750cc Turbo engine, 6-Speed Automatic, RWD, Black w/Red Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats, Alpine Premium Audio System w/Subwoofer, Black Brake Calipers, Carbon Fiber Halo, Convenience Group - Spider, Cruise Control, Leather/Microfiber Steering Wheel, Race Tuned Suspension, Rear Parking Assist System, Red Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats, Spider Track Package 3, Wheels: 18 x 7.0 Fr & 19 x 8.5 Rr Dark 5 Hole. Recent Arrival! 34/24 Highway/City MPG 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 2018 w/Prod. End 09/17 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
New 2018
Alfa Romeo 4C
Base w/Prod. End 09/17
MSRP$73,145
Est.Loan: $1,361/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
Convenience Group - Coupe (Cruise Control, Rear Parking Assist System, and Security Alarm), Coupe Track Package 2 (Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler and Race Tuned Suspension), Akrapovic Dual Mode Center Exhaust, Carbon Fiber Italian Flag Mirrors, Carbon Fiber Roof, Quick Order Package 22C, Tobacco Leather Trim Bucket Seats, and Wheels: 18 x 7.0 Fr & 19 x 8.5 Rr Dark 5 Hole. Are you still driving around that old thing? Come on down today and get into this wonderful 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C! This car is nicely equipped with features such as Convenience Group - Coupe (Cruise Control, Rear Parking Assist System, and Security Alarm), Coupe Track Package 2 (Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler and Race Tuned Suspension), Akrapovic Dual Mode Center Exhaust, Carbon Fiber Italian Flag Mirrors, Carbon Fiber Roof, Quick Order Package 22C, Tobacco Leather Trim Bucket Seats, and Wheels: 18 x 7.0 Fr & 19 x 8.5 Rr Dark 5 Hole. This 4C engine never skips a beat. It's nice being able to slip that key into the ignition and not having to cross your fingers every time. 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.

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More about the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is a two-seat sports car that offers performance rather than practicality or everyday livability. Alfa's parent company, Fiat Chrysler, typically produces vehicles in many trim levels, then offers plenty of choices in terms of option 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 and 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.

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C even goes so far as to forgo power steering, relying on a manual rack to both save the weight of a power-steering system and to provide more direct steering and feedback from the front wheels. The Alfa 4C definitely tests a buyer's commitment to performance by offering almost nothing else for the money.

Purchasing a 4C is a decision not to be taken lightly — its cramped interior, spartan accommodations, and meager cargo and storage space put it at a severe disadvantage against its primary rivals. But, for certain buyers, the 4C's traffic-stopping exterior styling and pure focus on the driving experience might give it the edge. 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 since 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 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C and compare dealer prices.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Overview

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Spider 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), and w/Prod. End 09/17 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

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