Used 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Which 4C does Edmunds recommend?

Now that the coupe has been dropped from the lineup, the 4C Spider convertible (really, a targa) is the only body style available. Last year's Convenience package is now standard, so every model comes with rear parking sensors and cruise control — along with a rearview camera, which is new to the 4C. Most options are cosmetic, but there are a few that enhance the 4C's performance credentials. The Akrapovič dual-mode exhaust is worth the purchase since the standard exhaust is too loud for every occasion. We'd probably skip the super-stiff race suspension unless our 4C was exclusively a track car.

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Handling is razor-sharp
  • Sparse availability and limited appeal guarantee exclusivity
  • Fuel economy estimates are good and achievable in the real world
  • Exotic looks are guaranteed to draw attention
  • Ride is crushingly harsh, notably with the high-performance suspension
  • Few interior creature comforts and almost no cargo or storage space
  • Rearward visibility is poor
  • Steering is high effort at low speeds
  • Coupe has been discontinued, so the convertible (Spider) is the only body style available
  • Rearview camera, rear parking sensors and cruise control are now standard
  • Last year's Track package has been discontinued; its features are available as stand-alone options
  • Part of the first 4C generation introduced for 2015

Overall rating

6.0 / 10

For most people, buying a mid-engine Italian sports car would involve taking out another mortgage on the house, dipping into the kids' college funds or living a second life — think one certain famous fictional high school chemistry teacher. Yet those same people might be surprised to learn that one can get such a car with a relatively modest financial payout: the 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C.

Unlike more expensive Italian hardware, the 4C is a no-frills two-seater. It has more in common with the Lotus Elise than a Ferrari 488. After climbing over a high, wide doorsill, the driver plops onto a thinly padded seat to survey an oddly designed cabin filled with exotic materials. The 4C is obsessive about keeping weight low; there's not even carpeting on the exposed carbon-fiber tub. Bashing your knees against the granite-hard surface isn't uncommon during hard cornering.

And there will be a lot of hard cornering. The 4C's ability to stick to the road while bombing through tight, twisty turns is why you buy it in the first place. It changes direction as quickly as you can turn the wheel, which isn't as easy as it sounds. Unlike any other modern vehicle, the 4C forgoes power assist steering to both save weight and add to steering feedback. It takes a firm hand to wrestle the wheel around a parking lot, although effort lightens at higher speeds.

All of the 4C's quirks add up to a hardcore sports car that offers unparalleled driver control and feedback at this price level. The downsides are many, however. The rough ride, very heavy steering, and difficult entry and exit process are tough to deal with when performing simple tasks like going to the grocery store. These, combined with a clunky dual-clutch transmission and almost nonexistent storage space, effectively relegate it to weekend toy status. Similarly priced competitors, such as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Jaguar F-Type and the Porsche Boxster, offer a similar level of performance but are much more usable and could serve as a primary driving vehicle.

2019 Alfa Romeo 4C models

The 2019 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 includes a 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, summer performance tires, LED running lights and taillights, a manually operated soft top, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, cruise control, power accessories, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, 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. There's also a small leather pouch behind the center armrest to store small items.

Notable stand-alone options include xenon headlights, 18-inch (front) and 19-inch (rear) wheels, a more stiffly tuned suspension, carbon-fiber mirrors, a steering wheel wrapped in leather and faux suede, leather upholstery with faux suede inserts and an Akrapovič dual-mode exhaust. Additional carbon-fiber styling elements are included with the Carbon Fiber Interior Trim package. Ordering the optional subwoofer brings the removal of the storage pouch behind the center armrest.

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 the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider (turbo 1.7L inline-4 | 6-speed dual-clutch automatic | RWD).

EdmundsScorecard

Overall6.0 / 10
Driving7.0
Comfort5.5
Interior5.5
Utility4.5
Technology4.5

Driving

7.0
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 you should pick something else if you're looking for a daily driver.

Acceleration

7.0
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 — 5 seconds flat — proves relatively unimpressive for the class.

Braking

7.0
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

7.5
There is no power assist. 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

7.0
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 saps 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

7.0
Normal mode produces fairly relaxed drivability, though the dual-clutch auto transmission's shifting can be lazy. Dynamic mode is where the fun is at, and it works decently for more spirited street driving. The paddle shifters are great for twisty roads.

Comfort

5.5
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

6.0
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, the comfort issues seem to melt away.

Ride comfort

5.5
Because of its stiff suspension tuning, the 4C follows road contours and irregularities with laser-like 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

3.0
The 4C is a very loud car. The level of engine and wind noise is the biggest problem, followed by road noise, pebbles, rocks, and other debris bouncing off the bottom of the carbon-fiber tub and wheelwells. Forget conversation and consider earplugs for longer drives. Engine and road vibrations are ever present.

Climate control

6.5
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

5.5
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

7.0
The 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

4.0
A low seat height, small door opening (when the roof is on), intrusive seat bolsters, and wide doorsills 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

6.0
The 4C's seating position is conducive to performance driving, but the fixed backs don't make for a comfortable cruising position. The seat can adjust fore and 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

5.0
Compared to other two-seaters in the class from mainstream makers, the 4C feels tiny inside. Hiproom and shoulder room are marginal for the average adult, while all other measurements feel claustrophobic. It looks larger from the outside.

Visibility

6.0
The 4C's visibility is compromised because you sit so deep in the car. The view directly out the back 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

7.5
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 on the seats and steering wheel, real carbon-fiber accents, and red contrast stitching.

Convertible top

7.0
You can easily remove the top by untwisting two thumb fasteners that secure the fabric to the top of the window frame. Then you slide back four spring-loaded latches at each end of the roof supports. There are no other battens or ribs. The hardest part of the process is opening the rear hatch to store it.

Utility

4.5
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

4.0
There is virtually no interior space for items, which is surprising, even for the class. 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.

Cargo space

5.0
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 top-free road trips will be tricky. This Alfa is a small car, but you knew that already.

Child safety seat accommodation

3.0
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

4.5
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 from the Alfa factory.

Audio & navigation

4.0
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

5.0
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.

Consumer reviews

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Safety

Our experts like the 4C models:

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
Illuminates 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.

More about the 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C

Used 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe Overview

The Used 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe is offered in the following styles: Spider 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM). The Used 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual. The Used 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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