Most cars you pay for thousands of hours of software engineering, along with a pretty solid performing chassis.
Alfa Romeo you pay for thousands of hours of chassis engineering, along with pretty solid software.
They are almost polar opposites..other than both are marketed as being '"driver's vehicles" and have a similar price tag.
Alfa's Q4 makes Audi's Quatto look like slow, old tech...which it is....even the top Quattro system takes over twice as long to activate and is not predictive in the same way. Because Alfa spent their money on the drivetrain.
Audi infotainment software works smoother and has more personalization options. It can make being in the car entertaining even if driving it isn't...because Audi spends that money on software development.
Alfa Romeo' infotainment does it's job, but really is just the base code for both Audi and BMW so it is very simple. If driving isn't enjoyable...the Alfa doesn't care...driving is always enjoyable it won't distract from that.
When I bought my Porsche waaay back in the late 2k's....push button start wasn't an option. It was on competitors, but not Porsche. I asked why .The salesman told me it didn't make the car faster or drive better, but it did add weight (antennas, transmitters, a bigger battery, etc) which made the car slower and not handle as well, so Porsche didn't offer it. I loved that car...almost as much as the Stelvio. Now Porsche has all the tech you want....and they are heavy, /with filtered responses and communication...reminds me of driving a VW or Audi more than a Porsche....read a Car and Driver article about how..now...Porsche is really the last of the true VW DNA and the 4 doors and SUVs are really the ultimate VW's...agree with that 100%.
What was the classic Porsche buyer, in many ways is the Alfa buyer now.
Would you rather have less tech...along with a faster, lighter, better handling and more communicative vehicle that prioritizes driving over everything? That your kid can't watch TV in the back doesn't matter cause that kid is constantly laughing everytime you go around a corner...is a plus to you...(I was that kid...thanks to all the cool parents out there)
Time was you went out and got a Porsche...generally without even looking at anything else, because nothing was like a Porsche...now, nothing is like an Alfa.
Do you think engineering a chassis is more important than engineering software?
You want an Alfa.
You understand finessing the driving experience from remaining composed at speeds well into triple digits, to mid-corner bumps and dips, then off-camber turns and add in crawling through deep sand, mud, snow, or more is actually harder and more expensive than writing computer code (more labor, more trial and error, the test tracks cost millions to maintain same with machines for testing...plus the wrecks cost additional millions in money and labor, possibly even causing physical injuries to the driver and crew...whereas the expensive part of software is making sure the programmers have plenty of Cheetos and the electricity)...so to you the premium charged actually makes more sense for an Alfa than other cars...?
To you charging a premium for unproven software (as evidenced by the unending sea of software updates and revisions), that also locks you into a proprietary repair system and could make it so the car is undrivable after the manufacturer decides to stop supporting that software...essentially making your $50,000+ car an old computer to get recycled...makes no sense at all...
You want an Alfa.
Want a bunch of tech, don't care how heavy the car is, and think that fun in a car is showing your friends all the cool stuff...you don't want to explain why your car is sweet...you just want people to "know it already"...
You want anything else.
Alfa owners impress their friends by doing things in their car that are borderline scary...no one is looking at the infotainment and most of them can't remember if the stereo was on.
Or they don't impress their friends..because they are confident enough to not have to prove anything. They know what they know and to them...they know their car is better. Not perfect, could improve...but still better than competitors.
Alfa is going after its competitors but they don't want EVERBODY who drives those brands, they want the people who love driving and have been stuck in cars sold as being for drivers..but really...they aren't....
People like that are driving every brand right now...but you might not be one. You might be too..that is for you to decide, and whatever it is, congratulations.
Like I said though...if it really is going to do nothing more than get groceries and run errands...may not be the right vehicle...even if you love driving.
Or it might.
I don't think it is a coincidence most of the best driving cars..Porsche Boxster, Mazda Miata, etc...are considered "Chick" cars....my Dad is the tech/shop manager..super car man...my Mom is the one who had taste though.... Were it up to Dad we would have only driven 80's Toyota cars and Ford/GM trucks..cause the parts were cheap and they can be driven into the ground.
IMO women who care about cars are generally smart, refined drivers who like sweet cars, and can definitely appreciate the finer aspects of driving, and are probably the exact drivers Alfa is looking for...if that is your Wife, congrats!
Last edited by ALFAOFFROAD; 07-08-2019 at 05:31 PM.