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Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 6.0
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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C may provide a thrilling driving experience, but it places near the back of our rankings because of its compromises in passenger comfort and everyday practicality.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular turbocharged engine
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Cramped, loud interior
  • Meager cargo space

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Overview

Is the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C a Good Used Car?

The Alfa Romeo 4C isn’t a great pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury sports car. The 4C – available as a coupe or convertible – dazzles with good looks, a potent turbocharged engine, and exhilarating handling. But it sacrifices too much comfort in its pursuit of high performance. It rides harshly over bumps and dips on the road. The cabin feels cramped, the trunk offers meager storage space, and the seat cushions are very firm. There are better options if you want a used back-to-basics sports car. Some of these cost a lot less as well, like the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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How Much Is the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C?

Based on listings for the 2016 Alfa 4C on our site, you can expect to pay between $42,900 and $60,000 for a used 2016 4C. The average list price is $51,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Cost to Own?

We are unable to provide projected ownership costs for the 4C at this time.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 4C?

The 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C starts at $66,900. You can save thousands of dollars by buying a used 4C, and you won’t miss out on any key features by doing so. Alfa Romeo has made few changes to this sports car since it debuted in 2015.

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On the other hand, you can still save money even if you’d prefer to buy a new sports car. The 2019 Fiat 124 Spider is a turbocharged Italian sports car – like the 4C – but it starts at just $24,995. It also shares a lot in common with the fun-to-drive 2019 Mazda Miata, which starts at $25,295.

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Which Model Year of the Alfa Romeo 4C Is Best?

The Alfa 4C’s first generation began with the 2015 model year and includes the 2019 4C. Since this two-seater has seen few updates over the years, you can save money with an older 4C while still getting the same features and performance. There are a few details to consider about availability though. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider – the convertible version – skipped the 2017 model year, but it returned once again in 2018. The Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe variant was discontinued altogether for 2019.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C?

We are unable to provide a predicted reliability rating for the 4C at this time.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C at this time.

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Which Used Alfa Romeo 4C Model Is Right for Me?

Your choice couldn’t be easier. The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C is available in two body styles: coupe or convertible. Go with the 4C coupe if you’d prefer having a fixed roof over your head. Opt for the 4C Spider if you want a soft-top convertible. Both variants share nearly all the same standard features, including satellite radio, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, and alloy wheels. Available features include cruise control, rear parking sensors, a louder exhaust system, and a stiffer sport-tuned suspension. Most cars in this class offer more tech and convenience features.

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How Safe Is the 4C?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not published crash test results for the 2016 4C. The 4C offers few advanced safety features, though rear parking sensors are available.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C or 2016 Porsche Cayman?

The 2016 Porsche Cayman coupe is a substantially better option than the 4C. It’s just as exciting to drive as the Alfa Romeo, but not nearly as impractical or uncomfortable. The Cayman has a smoother ride, cushier seats, and more cargo space. The Porsche has higher-quality cabin materials as well, and it offers better tech features like a touch-screen navigation system. Although used models tend to be pricier, the Cayman and its 2016 Porsche Boxster sibling – a convertible – are both better cars than the 4C.

Which Is Better: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C or 2016 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette is a different animal than the 4C. The Corvette’s V8 engine options have tremendous horsepower, and they hustle the car up to speed much quicker than the 4C’s smaller engine. The Corvette also balances its sharp handling with a smoother ride. It has a rather big trunk for a sports car, and it offers better features like Apple CarPlay and a rearview camera. Overall, it’s a more livable sports car for everyday driving. Go with the ‘Vette.

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2016 4C Performance

How Does the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Drive?

The Alfa 4C has a 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 237 horsepower. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. This combination yields an amazing driving experience. The small four-cylinder engine screams at full throttle and blasts the 4C up to speed with breakneck pace. It can go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The dual-clutch transmission fires off instant shifts, yet it remains civil in stop-and-go traffic, which isn’t always the case with this type of transmission. The steering wheel has shift paddles if you prefer to change gear manually as well.

The 4C absolutely slices around bends in the road, while feeling stable and surefooted. Its large Brembo brakes bring the car to a stop confidently, and its steering is outstandingly precise. This all adds up to superstar performance on a racetrack or manicured backroad, but it doesn’t make enough compromises for everyday driving. The 4C doesn’t have power steering assistance, so the steering wheel requires a lot of effort to turn at low speeds, making it a chore to park. The 4C’s ride quality is also very uncomfortable. The suspension has minimal cushion on rough pavement. Opting for the available Track Package and its stiffer shock absorbers makes it even worse.

Does the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 4C earns great fuel economy for a sports car, at 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

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2016 4C Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 4C Seat?

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a two-seat sports car. Cloth seats are standard for the 4C Coupe, and leather seats are available (standard in the 4C Spider). The seats are supportive, and they do a fine job of holding passengers in place when zipping around tight turns. The cabin also has a very cockpit-like feel, and it’s accented by some lovely carbon fiber trim.

However, passenger comfort is severely lacking in the 4C. Most adults will find slim head- and shoulder room. The driving position is bolt upright, and the seat cushions are sparsely padded. It’s awkward to get in and out of this car as well, and the back window offers poor rear visibility. Also, the interior is quite loud because the engine is located right behind the seats.

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Features

The Alfa 4C offers very few tech features. It comes standard with a radio, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and keyless entry. Cruise control is available. The instrument cluster is pretty straightforward; all the information is packaged onto just one screen. The dashboard is angled slightly towards the driver, which makes it simple to find the audio and climate controls. The sound system’s tiny buttons can be awkward to use, though. The cabin also lacks a glovebox, and small item storage is limited to a cubby that’s located between the seats.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Dimensions

Alfa Romeo 4C Cargo Space

The 4C has a tiny trunk with just 3.7 cubic feet of cargo space. This storage area becomes even smaller when stowing the 4C Spider’s cloth roof.

2016 4C Length and Weight

The 4C is 13.1 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 2,465 to 2,487 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Built?

Alfa Romeo built the 2016 4C in Italy.

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