Bought my 2.0 Sportwagon in August. So far it has been a dream to own and drive. Acceleration is instant. Steering is best since I had a toy car at age 6-so direct. Just point it and go. Comfort is excellent. Recaro seats are soft and snug to hold you comfortably, yet firm enough to leave you feeling ok even after a long journey.(much better than my last car-a Mercedes- which generally left me with a sore back). The ability of the driver's seat to be raised or lowered and of the steering wheel to be moved in and out means most will be able to find an ideal driving position.(I'm 6'2" and my wife is 5'2"!) The problem of the restricted boot space of the saloon has been solved by the new design of the rear. The boot can be covered to protect the contents from prying eyes, yet the cover can be withdrawn to double the space available. Then if necessary the rear seats can be let down to give more than sufficient luggage space.(I known this is done everywere at present but no other car makes it so easy.) And all this without ever contriving to make the car look like an estate. Fuel consumption was better than I expected-35mpg. No doubt it will deterioriate when I start driving it like it's meant to be driven. Still I can live with this. Radio and CD sound system are both good. My son has an older saloon version and he says his radio is very poor. There's a different radio now so Alfa must have recognised the problem. Drawbacks? Yes. Had problems with the door locks which caused me to worry about the stories of little niggly complaints. (My son had several). But garage sorted it out quickly- a connection at the fuse box, and nothing since. Ride is bit firm particularly over rough surfaces and especially with sports suspension. Remedy is to enjoy the driving and forget it. Strangely enough passengers don't seem to notice this- only the driver. I've sat as a passenger myself and experienced a tension-free r
ide. Bottomed out on very bad Donegal roads when travelling too too fast! Quickly learned what not to do but low Sports suspension is not suitable for fast travelling on poor roads. (Mind you I tore the exhaust off my previous car two months ago on the same road. perhaps it's the road that's at fault.) Build quality is not supposed to be as good as Mercedes or BMW.(I've had both). Perhaps, but so far everything seems ok. A few squeaks and creaks at the beginning actually seem to have subsided. At least I haven't heard them lately. The only noise now comes from the 16" tyres. Final bonus is the interest people take in the car. I found people going up to look at it when it was parked. Others asked to see it. Nobody ever did this before with any other car I've owned! And everyone seems to have an excellent (even inflated) opinion of it. Word must have got around. Now agree with Chrisa (May 01). Cup-holders and a larger glove box would be nice. The cubby holes on doors etc. are too small also so the Manual ended up in the handy little box in the boot. Oh! Sorry I forgot you saloon owners haven't got one of those. Still look forward to driving it every day.
Having had a Selespeed for 16 months now, I'm amazed at the quality (especially from Alfa Romeo). Nothing about the car has been a let down. The build quality is fantastic and the engine is as smooth as any 2 litre I've been in. The gearbox is the treat - and well worth the extra money. The automatic mode is tuned for an aggressive but clean smooth ride - great for Central London. The manual mode makes it all worth while as gear changes are precise and fast and you get to keep both hands on the wheel! Plenty of room and a good ergonomic design make it a treat to travel in. Only drawback - no cup holders!