Car Reviews Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 TBi The AA

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Car Reviews Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 TBi The AA

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Driver focussed interior feels sporty and classy 1750cc engine belies its capacity with strong performance Exterior styling is in a league of its own Large boot remains even with roof folded

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Questionable build quality remains an Alfa bugbear Fuel economy not as impressive as is suggested Scuttle shake with roof down spoils experience on rougher surfaces Some wind noise through the canvas roof

It may be one of the oldest models in the two-seat convertible sector and due for replacement fairly soon, but Alfa Romeo has still seen fit to bolster the Spider line-up with two new engines including a smaller capacity turbocharged unit designed to offer traditional petrol performance alongside greater fuel economy.

Alfa Romeos are traditionally considered driver’s cars and, for many, that means a traditional, powerful petrol engine. Even Alfa Romeo can’t afford to ignore the trend towards greater fuel economy, however, which is why a new 1750cc turbocharged petrol unit has been introduced to offer greater fuel economy for drivers who simply can’t bring themselves to opt for one of the diesel engines available.

The 3.2-litre V6 and 2.2-litre inline-four petrol units remain available, but the new unit uses direct injection, variable-valve timing and turbocharging to produce 200bhp above 4750rpm and a peak of 236lb/ft of torque as low as 1400rpm. This is intended to make it tractable and economical while retaining strong performance on the road.

Elsewhere on the Spider, little has changed. The canvas roof continues to stow neatly into dedicated storage between the cabin and boot compartments leaving up to two occupants to enjoy a traditional roof-down experience.

A single trim level is available with the 1750 TBi engine, but a long list of attractive optional extras mean customers specify a car to meet their standards or desires. Inside, the cockpit is driver-oriented with a low-slung driving position and a sporty centre console that boasts individual pods for additional gauges.

Our verdict on the Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 TBi

The breathtaking exterior styling of the Alfa Romeo Spider continues to speak to the heart where the mind might otherwise be concerned with quality issues. Despite its flaws, the Spider has a lot to offer in terms of looks, surprising practicality and very decent performance.

Costs

Despite the attempts to lessen consumption with the 1750cc engine the Alfa Spider continues to burn a relatively large amount of fuel compared to some efficient petrol rivals, although it offers a traditionally audible and less thirsty alternative to the large V6 unit. Purchase prices are restrictive, but considering the style and desirability of the badge are not outlandish. Insurance costs will prove demanding however, and ticking options can push the price up considerably.

Space and practicality

For a two-seater convertible model, the Alfa Romeo spider offers an impressive amount of storage. Panels behind the two front seats, a decent glovebox and a large boot that is unaffected by the lowering of the roof are generous for the sector. It’s a two seats only car, but provides more than adequate storage for a couple’s weekend away.

Controls and display

Comfort

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Car safety

The Alfa Spider has a comprehensive range of safety equipment, which includes ABS with brake assist, EBD and hill hold assist. Five standard airbags, follow-me-home headlights, height-adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, and flame-resistant interior trim are among the passive safety measures.


Driver appeal

The 1750cc turbocharged engine was introduced to offer typically strong petrol performance with greater fuel economy and delivers on the first front. Acceleration is brisk once the turbo comes on boost and power delivery remains impressive across the rev range. The firm chassis and direct steering mean the car responds quickly and it grips well on turn in, but the scuttle shake resulting from the convertible form makes it less predictable than its coupe Brera twin.

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Quality and image

Although hardly a new design, the Spider’s classical styling has stood the test of time extremely well and remains one of the most attractive models in its segment or any other. The collapsible roof heightens the appeal. Alfa Romeo has long suffered with quality issues however and, unfortunately, the Spider is not immune, with some questionable build and non-functioning equipment on the test car.

Historically, Alfa Romeo owners have largely made a conscious decision to forgive these faults in lieu of the image and great styling.

Accessibility

Less agile passengers might struggle with ingress and egress owing to the low-slung seating position. The large doors are also heavy, but the boot lid offers good access to the rear storage and opens from the key fob or by pushing the large Alfa Romeo badge.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

A six-speaker stereo radio/CD player is standard equipment but full range of stereo upgrades is available including an eight-speaker Bose sound system with digital amplifier. A Windows-based system allows for iPod and Bluetooth telephone integration where specified.

A surprisingly large boot is useful

Colours and trim

The Spider is available in a range of vibrant shades that truly bring out the model’s timeless and extraordinarily attractive exterior styling. That said, the combination of red with a black canvas roof is hard to beat. Inside the Spider the basic trim level offers cloth with leather for the steering wheel and gear knob, but a number of cost options are available to offer greater luxury.

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