2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

Interior


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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Interior Review

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Interior: 5.4

One of the most notable features inside the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C has nothing to do with passenger comfort. Portions of the exposed carbon fiber chassis remind riders that this car is, above all else, built for racing. This visual cue also helps prepare you for the slim list of creature comforts, bare-bones sound system, and loud cabin.

  • "The Alfa Romeo 4C's interior features barely tolerable ergonomics, clumsy entry and exit, little legroom, appalling outward visibility, and virtually no cargo or storage space. This is absolutely not a daily driver." -- Edmunds
  • The Alfa Romeo 4C's emphasizes function, not luxury. Most of the material quality is good, and we love the exposed carbon fiber of the chassis, but there are a few underwhelming pieces, too." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • The dash and door panels are wrapped in leather, creating a slightly upscale look, though this cabin is still pretty Spartan." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The 4C is built for two, with a decent amount of legroom but somewhat tight dimensions for broad-shouldered individuals. It comes with cloth sport seats, four-way manually adjustable seats, and a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel. Leather trimmings for the seats, instrument panel, and door panels are available.

Relatively few adjustments are available with the seats, reducing your options when it comes to setting a comfortable driving position. The cushioning is not very thick, but it is adequate, and the seats are passable for an afternoon of driving.

  • The driver and passenger seatbacks are essentially fixed and don't recline beyond about 90 degrees, so you'll either fit in this Alfa or you won't. Padding is minimal, but it's in the right spots. A lack of elbow rests means sore shoulders on long drives." -- Edmunds
  • The seats bolt directly to the floor and are manually adjustable only slightly, sliding back and forth and reclining only a little bit; you'll sit upright, with tight shoulder space but good leg and headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The 2-passenger interior is a place made for performance driving and little else. It's easier to get into than the coupe, but it's still quite difficult. The car feels cramped due to tight shoulder room, and occupants have nowhere to put their elbows. While the seats are supportive, their light padding allows the lower seat frames to dig into occupants' hips." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

For 2018, the 4C comes standard with an Alpine audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 7-inch full-color driver information display, and air conditioning with manual climate controls. Its slim list of tech upgrades is limited to rear parking sensors and cruise control.

If you aren't a fan of the modern touch-screen infotainment display, you'll appreciate the simplicity of the 4C's sound system. It features a basic stereo – removable faceplate and all – paired with handy niceties like Bluetooth. Audiophiles will grumble over the unremarkable Alpine sound system and the lack of a better factory-installed option.

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  • Eccentricities abound, with a strange audio head unit (with a detachable face), a confusing instrument panel and an arduous trip-meter reset protocol. Some controls are marginally easier to operate, such as the window switches, push-button transmission selector and drive-mode rocker." -- Edmunds
  • The audio system sounds good when the car isn't running, but it's inaudible the rest of the time." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "You can tell that some parts, like switchgear, seem to have been pulled from the FCA bin. Other parts on or below the center console feel downright flimsy, flexing easily at a touch." -- Autoweek (2017)

Cargo

The 4C's 3.7-cubic-foot cargo area is quite small, even for a midengine sports car. This space is located in the rear, accessible by opening the same manual-lift hatch that you use for the engine. In-cabin storage space is limited as well.

  • "The minuscule cargo area is located adjacent to the hot engine and under the rear glass. There are two useless cupholders and basically no in-car storage aside from a stretchy net under the dash instead of a glovebox and a lockable pouch behind the center armrest." -- Edmunds
  • There's a tiny 3.7-cubic-foot trunk behind the engine that, ironically, can barely hold a helmet." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • 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." -- Jalopnik (2015)
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