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Updated: 12 Jan 2022

Should I buy an Alfa Romeo?

From the iconic Brera to newer models like the Stelvio, read on to find out what Alfa Romeo cars are all about.
Oliver Trebilcock
Alfa Romeo

Very much an 'enthusiast' brand, the Italian Alfa Romeo is closely linked with its parent company, Fiat. It shares many of its engines, transmissions and 'platforms' (the floorpan and suspension) with Fiat, but styling is certainly an Alfa strong point. 

Here, we tell you what you need to know about Alfa Romeo cars, including how reliable they are. We've surveyed tens of thousands of car owners, including Alfa Romeo owners. This means we can tell you how reliable the Alfa brand really is.

Interested in an Alfa? Click here to see all our expert, independent Alfa Romeo reviews.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta


Alfa Romeo Stelvio


The Alfa line-up has expanded recently. The long-running Alfa Romeo MiTo small car and the Golf-sized Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback have been joined by the larger Giulia saloon, the Alpha Romeo Stelvio 4x4 SUV and the 4C sports car.

Alfa Romeos tend to have a sporting bent, though not all of them pack the sort of punch that their styling suggests. In theory, Alfa Romeo is a premium brand that goes head-to-head with German companies such as BMW and Audi

In recent times, it has been more closely aligned to mainstream brands, such as Seat, but that could be changing as more luxury cars are added to its range.

How reliable are Alfa Romeo cars?

Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Alfa Romeo owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to four years old, and also used cars aged between five and nine years old, and old cars aged 10-15 years. 

To see how reliable Alfa Romeo cars are, head over to our most reliable car brands page.

How much do Alfa Romeo cars cost?

The entry-level Alfa is the MiTo small car, priced from as little as £14,000. But the heartland of Alfa Romeo today is bigger models, such as the Giulia and Stelvio, which typically cost above £30,000. 

Truly sporty models, like the 4C two-seater and powerful ‘Quadrifoglio’ versions of the Giulia and Stelvio, cost well in excess of £50,000.

Alfa Romeos haven’t always kept their value very well. PCP and leasing deals are, as a result, a little more expensive than some rivals.

Choosing the best Alfa Romeo car

If you’re interested in an Alfa Romeo, you’re probably a keen driver. The models most closely aligned with Alfa’s sporty heritage are the Giulia – the brand’s first rear-wheel drive saloon for decades – and the Stelvio SUV, which is based on the same platform. 

The Stelvio is also available with four-wheel drive (which Alfa calls Q4).

Let us help you decide whether an Alfa Romeo is the car for you. Check out all our new and used Alfa Romeo reviews.