Used 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
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||6.0 / 10|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Features & Specs
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.