Spring last year (2006), I was thinking of changing my 156SW (which was becoming expensive to run). I was only vaguely aware that the GTV replacement was imminent. Needing something more practical than the GTV had been (teenie tiny boot), I hadn't thought about it.
On visiting an AR dealership I discovered that they had a silver one under covers in the AR showroom. After taking a look at the 159 (a bit disappointing) I had the salesman give me a sneak preview. It was love at first sight!
Initially I still dismissed the car: too impractical and (surely) way out of my price-range: it looked like a £45k car. At this point, the GT was likely choice.
I then looked for some info on line and discovered that none of the photos do the Brera justice at all. Also that it was (almost) within my budget.
When I sat my daughter in the rear of the GT, it was clear that she'd have no view (bad for backseat boredom and therefore frontseat sanity on long journeys). As a long shot we put her in the back of the Brera... and bingo she could see very well!
I then started considering it seriously... the boot is way bigger than the GTV and actually quite decent. Space in the back is adequate (just), for a young child. And, well, those looks!
The first testdrive though was a big disappointment. The 2.4JTD. Too slow, too nose-heavy, steering too light, without enough feedback. I was expecting some thing like a GTV.
Eventually I was persuaded to try a petrol engine (the 2.2) which was much better. And, well, the rest is history! I have a beautiful 3.2l V6 Brera. And a big BIG smile.
In my view, the plus points are:-
- Practicality (boot)
- Equipment levels
- Value for money
The rear seats are small - but big enough for my daughter's requirements.
Whilst the minus points are:-
- Not a sports car
- poor mpg