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2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Interior Review

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Interior: 5.2

The 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C is designed to be a functional driving machine and little else. It lags behind virtually every other sports car in terms of seat comfort, feature availability, and cargo space, and it looks far less upscale than most class rivals.

  • "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 (2018)
  • 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 seats two people and comes with leather sport seats that are four-way manually adjustable, along with a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel.

The seats match the rest of this Alfa's austere cabin. Most drivers will have ample legroom, but broad-shouldered people may feel a bit squeezed. The seats don't adjust much, making it hard to find a comfortable driving position. Though they aren’t cushy, the seats are still reasonably supportive.

  • 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 (2018)
  • 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

Standard features in the 4C include 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. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and cruise control. A premium Alpine audio system with a subwoofer is available.

You'd be forgiven for wondering how any luxury car could have such a short features list. The 4C offers little in-car tech beyond a throwback stereo head unit and some basic driver assistance features. There's nothing resembling a modern infotainment system, and the instrument panel may confuse you the first time you climb in. The new-for-2019 rearview camera is a helpful addition, as most drivers will find rearward visibility basically nonexistent.

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  • … Infotainment, or lack thereof, is relegated to a basic head unit with AM/FM, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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 (2018)
  • "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

With trunk space coming in at a paltry 3.7 cubic feet, the 4C lags behind just about every car on the market in terms of cargo capacity. There's also not much small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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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