Rankings & Research

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Alfa Romeo 4C has a score of 6.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

6.8

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 6.8
Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 5.4
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Safety:
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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C ranks near the back of the luxury sports car class. This Italian two-seater has a punchy turbocharged engine and athletic handling. However, it sinks in our rankings because of its cramped and uncomfortable interior, stiff ride, and short list of tech and safety features.

Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Limited seating and cargo space
  • Firm ride
  • Heavy steering
  • Poor visibility

Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C a Good Used Car?

The 4C is a fine option if you want a sports car that drives like a street-legal racecar.

There are many reasons to consider the 2018 4C:

  • Stylish interior
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Responsive dual-clutch transmission
  • High fuel economy by class standards
  • Low average list price compared to rivals

However, this Alfa’s racy character also contributes to its many drawbacks:

  • No power steering makes it hard to turn at low speeds
  • Harsh ride over rough pavement
  • Cramped, noisy cabin
  • Awkward driving position
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Tiny trunk
  • Few safety and convenience features

Overall, the 4C is more of a weekend toy than a car one would use for daily driving. Consider alternatives like the 2018 Porsche Cayman or 2018 Audi TT if you want a luxury sports car that’s easier to live with day to day.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 21 Alfa Romeo 4C reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C?

Based on listings for the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C on our site, the average list price is $53,700. Prices range from $50,900 to $56,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Cost to Own?

Projected ownership costs for the 4C are unavailable at this time.

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

The 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C starts at around $67,000. It’s the first 4C with a rearview camera. It also comes standard with a few features that were previously optional, such as rear parking sensors and cruise control. The 4C also loses the Coupe variant for 2019, leaving only the 4C Spider convertible. If you want a 4C in the coupe body style, you’ll need to opt for used models from 2015 to 2018. Other than these few changes, the 4C has seen no major updates since the 2015 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 4C a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Recalls

There are no safety recalls for the 2018 4C at the time of writing.

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

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is available in coupe and convertible body styles. Both models have the same turbocharged engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission. Go with the 4C Coupe if you prefer a fixed roof over your head, or opt for the 4C Spider if you want a removable soft top.

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe: The standard 4C Coupe comes with manually adjustable cloth seats, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows, heated side mirrors, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a CD player, Brembo brakes, and staggered 17- and 18-inch wheels.
  • Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: The 4C Spider adds a removable soft top, leather seats, and a leather-wrapped dashboard.

Leather upholstery is also available in 4C Coupes. Both models are available with cruise control, rear parking sensors, larger 18- and 19-inch wheels, a louder exhaust, and a stiffer race-tuned suspension.

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What Does Alfa Romeo’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Alfa Romeo is still building its certified pre-owned inventory, but the automaker has given us some details about its CPO program. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Alfa Romeo extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty after passing a 175-point inspection. There are restrictions related to mileage and models. Check with your local Alfa Romeo dealer for more details.

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How Safe Is the 4C?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 4C.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • none

Available advanced safety features:

  • rear parking sensors

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C or 2018 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2018 Chevy Corvette is a better luxury sports car for most shoppers. The Corvette delivers exciting driving dynamics like the 4C, but with far more everyday practicality and comfort than the Alfa Romeo. The Corvette offers a smoother ride, a larger trunk, and a roomier cabin than the 4C, and it has features like a user-friendly touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Corvette also overpowers the 4C with its brawny V8 engine options, though this does mean lower fuel economy.

Which Is Better: 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C or 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is an outstanding sports car, and it’s a far better option for most shoppers than the 4C. The Miata has jackrabbit handling, a calmer ride, better fuel economy, and a comfier interior with more convenience features. Better still, used Miatas have significantly lower prices than the 4C on average. You may also want to consider the MX-5’s corporate cousin, the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.

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2018 4C Performance

How Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Drive?

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a blast to drive on twisting backroads. The 4C carves around bends with exceptional balance. Its steering is precise and responsive, and its large brakes slow the car down assertively.

The 4C’s turbocharged engine is similarly impressive. It easily rockets the Alfa up to speed – zero to 60 mph takes about four seconds – and it provides strong passing power at higher speeds. It’s paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission that delivers quick gear changes. The shift paddles on the steering wheel give you the ability to change gears manually.

That said, the 4C is exhausting to drive in everyday traffic. The suspension clomps and jolts over rough pavement, yielding an uncomfortable ride on city streets. The engine is loud, and it's located just behind the seats. The 4C doesn’t have power steering, so the steering wheel requires a lot of muscle to turn at low speeds, making this two-seater a hassle to park.

  • Engine: 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 4C gets great fuel economy for a luxury sports car.

  • 24/34 mpg city/highway

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2018 4C Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 4C Seat?

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a two-seat sports car. Its minimalist cabin has a race-car-like appearance, and it’s trimmed with a mix of stylish carbon fiber and cheaper hard plastic. The hip-hugging seats provide good support for sportier driving, but not much comfort. The cushions are lightly padded, and the seating position is bolt upright with minimal adjustments. There isn’t much headroom or legroom either, even for drivers and passengers of average height.

The 4C’s wide doorsills make it awkward to get in and out of the car. Rear visibility is also poor, due to the car’s slim rear window and small side windows.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Features

The 4C is remarkably light on features. There’s a radio, air conditioning, power windows, and keyless entry – but not much else. The climate control knobs are simple, and the 4C’s digital instrument cluster is user-friendly, albeit small. The outdated sound system looks cheap, however, and its tiny buttons can be hard to find while driving.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and a CD player
  • Additional standard features: air conditioning, power windows, and keyless entry
  • Other available features: cruise control

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Dimensions

Alfa Romeo 4C Cargo Space

The 4C has a small 3.7-cubic-foot trunk, and it becomes even smaller when stowing the 4C Spider’s cloth roof. Other luxury sports cars, like the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC and 2018 Audi TT, offer more room.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 1 inch
  • Curb weight: 2,465 to 2,487 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Built?

Alfa Romeo built the 2018 4C in Italy.

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