Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider review - it may look like a miniature supercar, but does it drive like one? - Interior and tech

With a carbon fibre chassis, unassisted steering and those looks, how can the 4C fail to impress?

Evo rating
Price
from £53,255
  • Incredible looks and an exotic chassis
  • Steering, engine, steering, cabin quality and steering

Interior and tech

The interior is full of contradictions. The carbon fibre chassis is kept bare except for a few bits of carpet in the foot wells and an aluminum kick-plate for the passenger. The driver gets an exposed pedal box and an aluminum footrest. It’s sparse, hardcore and has a real racecar feel; everything seems functional, only the aluminum components show any sign of being designed.

Going up, the leather seats start to add a bit of luxury. They’re trimmed nicely and they are set really low. However, there isn’t much lateral support and base doesn’t stretch very far forward, leaving your legs unsupported too. The premium feel continues with thick leather door pulls, a leather trimmed centre storage unit that’s closed with a natty metal buckle. If you opt for the Spider, the roof is secured with metal clasps that look great and are wonderfully satisfying to use.

The no nonsense road racer attitude combined with high quality, luxury touches is an appealing contrast, reminiscent of an old 60s Ferrari built for GT racing. Sadly the level of quality plummets for the rest of the interior. The DNA switch, which controls the Alfa’s different chassis and gearbox modes, is just a generic Alfa switch that looks like it’s been abandoned on the centre console. The buttons to select drive, reverse and neutral are non-descript black plastic items. While the heater controls look and feel like they’re straight from the budget Fiat parts bin.

Then you get to the driver’s controls. The digital dash, which is neatly made up of one screen that incudes the speedo, rev counter and everything else you might need, looks terrible. The graphics would be more at home in a cheap, early 00s, racing game than in a £55,000 sports car.

Now finally, the steering wheel. The twin spoke design, might not be to everyone’s tastes to look at but what it does is create two very large spokes right where your hands go. Combined with the thick rim, it makes holding the wheel in a position where you can reach the paddles really awkward.

Just like much of the 4C, the interior gets a lot right but is dragged down by simple oversights and poor attention to detail.

Most Popular

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed with motorsport-inspired aero and 517bhp
New 992 911 GT3 RS
News

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed with motorsport-inspired aero and 517bhp

Porsche launches the most extreme 911 GT3 RS to date, with a focus on track days that’s been inspired through its motorsport success
17 Aug 2022
Aston Martin DBR22 revealed – an open-top V12 rival to the Ferrari Monza SP2
Aston Martin DBR22 - front quarter
News

Aston Martin DBR22 revealed – an open-top V12 rival to the Ferrari Monza SP2

It’s another screen-less low-volume supercar, but the new DBR22 could pinpoint the future of Aston Martin design
15 Aug 2022
Polestar 6 roadster confirmed for 2026 launch – production version of the O2 concept
Polestar O2
News

Polestar 6 roadster confirmed for 2026 launch – production version of the O2 concept

Polestar is putting its stunning O2 concept into production, transforming into the Polestar 6
16 Aug 2022