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Fleets of Fancy: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Why should I want it?

A stunningly pretty little two-seat sports car, the Alfa 4C comes as a coupe or removable-roof Spider, and there’s nothing else that can match its combination of compact dimensions, low weight and sub-five-seconds 0-62mph acceleration. It also makes a fabulous noise despite the engine being a modest 1.7-litre four-cylinder, and the cosy interior is like that of the minimalist Lotus Elise.

Why can’t I have it?

It’s a small two-seat sports with a token-gesture 110-litre boot. The driving experience is also far from relaxing, thanks to the heavy but sharp steering, the fact that it hops and skips over even the most minor of bumps. Plus the pedal positioning isn’t great, specifically the high brake pedal that hinders moving your foot from the accelerator to the brake.

Arguments to use on the fleet manager

Yes, it’s the perkiest of perk cars, but emissions actually aren’t too shabby at 161g/km, which means the official fuel economy figure starts with a four. Just. On top of all that, it can be included on a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group policy that is as diverse as Fiat Professional Ducato, Jeep Renegade and Fiat Tipo.

A More sensible alternative

Fleet of Fancy - Alfa Romeo 4C Spider - More Sensible Alternative - Fiat Spider 124

Staying within the Fiat Group, the Fiat 124 Spider also offers two-seat drop-top entertainment, but for up to a third of the price. Boot space and emissions aren’t actually that much better than those of the 4C, but the driving experience is a little more relaxed and well-rounded while still being entertaining thanks to the 124’s roots; it’s based on Mazda’s legendary MX-5.

 

Factfile

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Economy:161g/km
Emissions:40.9mpg
Performance:4.5 seconds / 160mph
Power:240hp
Price:£59,820