I often think that the reviews are done in such a way as to make them look good( as in the reviewers), not wether or not the car is actually good/bad. Generaly speaking, you can't really go saying that a top selling car is rubbish, you would then be going against the 'majority'.
I absolutely agree with this. I believe many, many reviews are hopelessley skewed because the author is either afraid to speak their mind about a popular product, or has begun to believe the hype around that product. Or both.
I don't dislike BMWs, Audis, VWs etc, but I have driven and owned a few VAG cars and they were never anything other than the same as most other cars in their price range. The Audis that we owned were completely bland and not particularly reliable (and I mean some major issues) and the VWs have been reliable but not particularly well put together.
I have never owned
a BMW, but, like many people, I've had the "pleasure" of many, many trips of varying length (up to 6 hours in a day when I was in sales) in 3 and 5 series from mid 90's to the most recent models. Again, they were perfectly OK but I really did get out each time wondering what on earth the fuss was about.
Whilst I've not been totally delighted with my Alfa dealer, again, I can't honestly say they've been any different to other big-brand main dealers I've encountered. VW & Audi dealers managed to frustrate me many a time, and fail to sort little issues too. Can't comment on the BMW dealers.
I'll be sticking with Alfa for the forseeable, regardless of what populist, advert-reliant publications have to say about it.