2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.1

Reviewers say the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C has a bare-bones interior that isn't the least bit luxurious. They write that the cabin is loud and covered in cheap trim. Though they report that the 4C has good head- and legroom, they say its seats are very difficult to get into and even more difficult to exit. Rearward visibility is also terrible, according to critics, and the 4C has almost no storage space in its cabin or trunk. The 4C has few high-tech features compared with other cars in the class, and critics write that the audio system is confusing and delivers poor sound quality.

  • "While it may the look the part from the exterior, the 4C's interior unapologetically detaches the car from any dreams of being a luxury vehicle. The seats are firm and the wheel feels good to the touch, but the rest of the interior materials are sub-standard, not too far removed from its FIAT 500 next-of-kin." -- Left Lane News
  • "Lotus revels in its barebones interior; the Alfa just feels chintzy. The plastics and materials feel like they're off the same Chinese factory line that makes Barbie's First Ferrari for Walmart." -- Jalopnik
  • "The Alfa Romeo 4C's cabin might be sporty and functional, but it is in no way luxurious." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One can't discuss the interior without mentioning the sound, or some would say noise. For such a small-displacement four-banger, it sounds very good - and you'd better like it, because you hear it all the time, at least in cars with the optional $500 racing exhaust." --Cars.com

Seating

The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C seats two and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery is optional. Reviewers agree that the 4C is incredibly difficult to enter and exit because of its wide door sills and low seats, and they note that the seats don't recline very much, so you sit in a very upright position. Shoulder space is at a premium in the 4C, but head- and legroom are plentiful, according to critics. Test drivers say rearward visibility is very poor, so they recommend ordering the available rear parking sensors.

  • "The view through the windshield is excellent, but the small windows, side mirrors, essentially useless rearview mirror and enormous blind spots make it a challenge in the real world. As such, the optional rear parking sensors are a must." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're looking to stay limber, getting into and out of a 4C every day could be just the thing. The low door sills are exceptionally wide -- and slathered with expensive-looking carbon fiber, incidentally. The seats are mounted below the sills and guarded by prominent side bolsters. In short, you typically end up falling into the car. Exiting can be even harder, especially if you have long legs to extract from the deep, narrow footwell under the steering wheel." -- AutoTrader
  • "Bolted to the vehicle's beautiful exposed carbon-fiber structure are manually adjustable seats that recline only slightly, resulting in a perpetually upright seating position. Shoulder space is tight, but headroom and legroom are surprisingly good, besting the front seats of a sunroof-equipped 2014 Toyota Camry." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "At 6 feet tall, I was just OK inside the 4C, but some people simply won't fit. Even those who do will find its low height and super-wide side sills (proudly displaying their carbon-fiber weave) a challenge to vault. In this, the 4C is once again like a classic sports car. Once inside I found legroom and headroom adequate. Visibility to the front is surprisingly good, but to the back it's appalling." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C include Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input and a four-speaker audio system. Available features include cruise control, an upgraded sound system and rear parking sensors.

The 4C has a digital gauge cluster, and auto writers say the virtual gauges are high-resolution and attractive, and they note that most controls on the dashboard are straightforward. However, they say the 4C's stereo system is difficult to use and sounds terrible, even when the 4C is equipped with the upgraded version. The 4C also has relatively few driver assistance features for the class.

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  • "Once you're situated in the driver seat, the 7-in TFT instrument panel is the first thing that jumps out. It's as crisp and colorful as a video game, with a central digital speedometer flanked by auxiliary readouts and encircled by a 7,000-rpm tachometer." -- AutoTrader
  • "Simple rotary knobs handle the airflow; a few toggle switches control the A/C, fog lights, and power locks; and a cluster of buttons selects the transmission mode." -- Car and Driver
  • "The four-speaker stereo has Bluetooth and a USB connection, but its operation is hard to master and, well, rather futile since the 4C is so loud (especially with the sport exhaust system)." -- Edmunds
  • "The ventilation controls are simple, universal knobs. The premium sound system, part of the Convenience Package, is baffling. Like the car itself, it marries the modernity of Bluetooth audio and phone capability with ... a removable faceplate?! Once I got it turned on, the sound quality made me grateful I knew how to turn it off. If you seek a navigation system or advanced active-safety features like blind spot warning or collision warning, you'll have to look elsewhere." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and convertible have 3.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than most competitors have. Reviewers note that the 4C's trunk barely has enough room for a carry-on bag and a coat, and it's located right next to the midmounted engine, so it can become hot. Test drivers also report that the 4C has minimal in-cabin storage, with no door pockets, glove compartment or center console bin.

  • "The luggage space behind the engine is big enough to fit a carry-on size roller bag and maybe a jacket. I fit an overstuffed backpack, a camera bag, and a helmet with some work. There's no glovebox or armrests or cubbies or mesh pockets. Even the cupholders are miserable." -- Jalopnik
  • "Cargo capacity is nearly nonexistent at just 3.7 cubic feet and you best not pack anything heat-sensitive there, as it is adjacent to the hot engine." -- Edmunds
  • "Located aft of the engine underneath a hatch that lacks pneumatic lifts is a meager 3.7 cubic foot trunk. Be sure to pack accordingly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 4C's cabin storage is comparably unimpressive. There are two cupholders, but the glove compartment is actually a pocket barely roomy enough for some mail, there are no door pockets and the center console provides only a netted pocket large enough to secure a smartphone - but just barely." -- Cars.com

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