Was in the mag too. I was also surprised at the Spiders inclusion. Sure, it may not have been the best car of the decade, but there sure was a whole lot worse launched in the last 10years. And this was written by Richard Bremner who is meant to be an Alfa supporter, he's even tuned up at AROC Surrey meets in the past.
I guess he's written it from an expectation vs reality point of view and the expectation of any Alfa (in Autocar at least) always seems to be way higher than it should be, to the point of never being able to meet it.
The whole thing seemed to feature cars that failed to make manufacturers' hoped for sales targets, that didn't mean that they were bad cars, simply that they didn't appeal to the buying public, and whose fault was that? I considered an Alfa Spider, but would have wanted it for foreign travel among other things, and the hopeless lack of carrying capacity was the deciding factor, in almost every other respect, I loved it.