25 years ago I used to own an Alfasud, of which despite the fact it rusted away as fast as I could afford polyfilla I have very fond memories. I have steered clear of Alfa since, but when I saw the Brera I decided to dis reagard my head which told me to go for a new BMW or Audi, and consider a Brera. As I drive 35 miles to and from work every day, mpg is important so I went for the 2.4 JTDM.
The figures quotted are (government economy) urban 30.7, extra urban 52.3 and combined 41.5.
My car has now done 12K miles and my figures are no where near those quoted by Alfa. My combined after driving for a week with the gentlest right foot possible is just over 30 mpg. On two occasions I have driven over 100 miles down the motorway at 60mph with a feather foot and still only managed just over 40 mpg. I have had the car looked at twice but they have assured me that there is nothing wrong with the management system.
Having spoken to a few other Brera Owners, they all have the same problem.
I have a bit of an issue with this as I would not have bought the car if it stated it only did a combined mpg of 30mpg (33% less than the Alfa figure).
My Alfa Dealer told me that the figures are government figures, hence it is not Alfa's fault if they are wrong!! I have contacted the VCA and they have (very helpfully) told me all the Alfa figures are not independently tested, but are accepted from Alfa Italy under a "Mutual recognition of figures" agreement.
I have read up on the government figures and although they are not real figures, they are done under conditions which try to simulate as closely as possible the real figures. The figure have certainly been true of the other 5 vehicles that I have driven to the same place of work where I have always achieved somewhere between the extra urban and urban MPG figures.
Are there any Brera owners who Brera's actually return the government figures ? I am as guilty as the next person with my carbon footprint and a high performance car, but i really do think that official figures presented by car manfacturers should be acurate, as they do have a direct input into many of our buying decisions.