I initially joined on the Giulietta forum, as I was looking for a new car and loved the package of the G. However, circumstances have since changed and buying a spanking new car isn't really an option.
I did see at the showroom, however, a couple of very nice 159's and Brera's and am looking into the possibility of getting a 2nd hand car in the New Year. Not sure which will be best for my needs though.
I currently drive an Audi A4 19.TDi (2005) and although I do like the car, it feels under powered, and is a bit boring. A 159 might be a logical switch, but I don't really need a saloon at the mo - I'm 26 with a fiancee but marriage and kids aren't too far away. I 159 would be more practical but the Brera is something else!
How practical, really, is the Brera? For example, can anyone fit in the back? What about child seats? Seems bizarre when looking at a coupe, but could be a deal breaker with the missus! Also, how are the general running costs? (I'm aware of the fueal consumption thread for the 2.4 - that would be my choice I think - I do a lot of A-Road/motorway driving.
I apologise for the verbose query - never been concise but would value your feedback, as I am a total Alfa novice, but my head has been turned!
Hi Maximus, and welcome to AO!
Good query! As SquadroneRosso said, the 159 is a better all-round proposition. I have just switched to a 159 Ti after three years in a 2.4 Brera, and am fascinated by the comparisons.
As SR says, the rear seats in the Brera are not really useable by adults other than for very
local trips. You will get child seats in there, it has Isofix, and the boot is very good so it is more than possible to consider the car for a young family. In terms of pace, you should find the 2.4 diesel and 3.2 petrol give enough, but the Brera is a GT rather than a sports coupe.
The overall ownership experience with a Brera is fantastic. As you say, the looks of the car are something else and the interiors are stunning. In my humble opinion, the car is very sensitive to the size of the wheels (a modern styling thing, I guess) and to colour, although on the latter point few people specify bad colours so it shouldn't be hard to find something you like. The 2.4 engine, particularly the 210 (in later cars) is very flexible and relaxing to drive with.
Having recently made the switch, I would strongly recommend that you drive both cars prior to buying, as the handling is quite different between the two.
Good luck with the search. There is a wealth of information on here. The experience of owning an Alfa is genuinely a great one; the cars are very engaging, look like nothing else and offer great feelgood factor!