Well, I now have 2 complementary copies and have read through the article umpteen times.
To quote the last phrase........''what a great car the Alfasud Sprint remains''
Don't you just love it!
I thought that most of the criticisms of the Sud were pretty fair. We all know about the compromised driving position - much worse if you are tall and have big feet!!! However, I do not think this is entirely due to sacrificing length to obtain the excellent space in the back - much more to do with intrusion of front wheel arches pushing the pedals to the left. Much better in LHD versions of course. I would also concede that the interior could be 'racier'. I think in this regard Alfa was going for sophistication rather than sportiness. Mixed messages maybe.
The 'Rocco really came in for some stick in the braking and handling department. I have never driven one so cannot comment but the posts on the Scirocco register website have been pretty lively - all agreeing about the braking (love the reference to Dundee cake!) but divided about the heavy steering, much depending on tyres and condition apparently.
Comments about the Sud's handling could not have been more effusive - even allowing for the inevitable journalist exaggeration (the Clarkson Effect!) Don't really get the Coca Cola analogy though!
Did you note that 'rust' did not even get a mention! Both have an appalling reputation. At least my Trofeo is original, the Scirocco has had bare metal refurb.
Finally, although this is a blatantly biased opinion, despite some similarities (hardly twins!) surely the Sprint is the more pleasing overall design.
I have just received a CD with a load of photos from the day. Most were pretty disappointing, the better ones appearing in the article. Not too surprising considering the awful weather.