If you’re considering a Sportwagon because you want an estate car may I suggest that you look at a Volvo? The Alfa Sportwagon is a fantastic car. It looks gorgeous (better than the saloon in my opinion), it drives beautifully, is very quick in 2 litre form and is very comfy providing you are sat in the front. The engine growls and country lanes are a delight to tackle while it will also cruise the motorways effortlessly. The styling makes it look like nothing else on the road and it has the great talking point of those hidden rear door handles (they would spoil the cars lines) and no handle on the hatch (same problem). You have a button on the key to press and the hatch opens just enough for you to get a finger underneath it. Talking of the hatch, when you actually open it, if you’re expecting to find an estate sized boot you may be in for a disappointment. This is a hatchback really not an estate. And if you want to carry 4 tall adults you may all end up arm wrestling for the front seats. I’m 6’3’ and whilst I can get a very comfortable driving position I could only carry a contortionist behind me. There is virtually nowhere to put tapes and all the other bits and pieces I seem to find essential to carry around. Is this the only car on sale in the UK that doesn’t have a cup holder? Legend has it that if you buy an Alfa you’ll spend most of your time driving those little Fiats the garages always have as courtesy cars. This has not been my experience. My car has done over 24,000 hard miles in its first year and the only problem has been that the spring on the load cover broke. Alfa dealers are a bit of a problem though. They provide poor service at sky high prices (£180 for an oil change). Fortunately I brought my car as an import which means that not oly did I save £5000 on the UK list price, its one year warranty means that I can abandon the dealer network for speciali
sts. Would I buy another one? Yes, definitely, if my situation was the same. It really has been that good. I do find the lack of space frustrating sometimes though. It is no bigger than a Focus.