I see your point, but let me clairify what i meant.
In functionality i mean ergonomics, everyday usability, like a Polo doing its job in an Urban enviroment and for shorter commutes. Or an M3 dominating the Track, Merc S class for long haul travelling and stress free enviroment.
Reliability in the sense a Toyota, Subaru or a Daihatsu keeps on ticking, or the Lexus only needing servicing every time the Soccer World Championship is up.(point being long service intervals)
Design in the way Alfa makes the car look beautiful but at the expense of an odd driving position or no head room. Or puts the indicators so low that the car becomes illegal in most countries when you lower it 10mm from standard.
Within any company working to make a product, the different departments have a unique power sharing relationship. My point being, that in Alfa's the designers have a lot more power then say at BMW.. At BMW, if a designer component or overall look gets in the way of functionality, the engineer always wins hands down. At Alfa, the engineer is more likely to be asked to go back and find a compromise which keeps the design/look. Something which in turn might be at the expense of functionality or even reliability of the car.
Swedes traditionally focus on safety, much at the expense of design, Americans focus on costs.(who cares if the interior looks like crap in 3 years, when the average car owner buys a new car every two years)
I'm just stating the obvious here. Every country have a certain way of making a car, and expecting an italian middle class car to behave like a german/japanese car just dont make sense. If You want the best of everything, you have to pay big money and get a Super Car or a high-end luxury model.
The joker in all of this is EU safety regulations, which from what i understand makes it close to impossible to design a pretty car these days. All in all, I think most of us here really appreciate the "feel good" aspect you get from owning an Alfa. you can always fix a broken part, but you can't fix a butt-ugly or boring design! So why not just accept the small niggles and quirks from your Brera as part of the package, and enjoy the positives!