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The Alfa GTV is great fun but don't expect any form of creature comfort.
I think the best way to describe it would be compact. The front is actually quite spacious, but try getting in the back and you can suddenly feel claustaphobic. The lack of space is accentuated by the fact the rear seat is nothing more that a bench with a small amount of leather covered padding on it.
The front seats are quite comfortable and supportive, despite being low to the ground which you'd expect with a sports car.
Once the car is moving, any form of comfort disappears. The suspension is hard and there is a tendancy for the passenger to get thrown around somewhat. For me this adds to the fun. It took a couple of weeks for me to get used to. My first journey as a passenger was about 4 hours long and I ended up feeling as if I had just had a major work out at the gym!
Parking is a bit tricky as rear visibility is fairly poor, but the fact it is a small car helps with this.
Boot space is limited. In fact I struggled to carry home the weekly shopping in it. Most of it had to go on the back seat. The boot is designed to house the specially designed luggage that costs an arm and a leg to buy, and clearly would not hold much being that it has to slot into a postbox sized boot.
If you are looking for gadgets, you are better off with a different car altogether. It really is basic although it does boast a leather interior. The air conditioning works well, but being such a small interior, you quickly find yourself becoming sleepy and needing to open the windows for a quick burst of air that isn't recycled. The stereo is very average, which is in keeping with the rest of the cars features.
The glove compartment is aptly named - you can put gloves in there, but nothing else!
So what does this car have going for it?????
FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!!!! When you go out in your car do you consider putting things in the boot or glove compartment fun? If so, then you are more lkely to want a family car. This car is more about exhilaration. If you've ever been go-karting you'll know exactly what I mean.
Great review, unlike the car, love your style. (Hate the car, my father had one, it was near impossible to drive because you couldn't see ot of it properly, there was no head room and I'm only 5' 8". I drove it to Birmingham once. Never drove the heap again!)
nina555 28.07.2004 19:16
These are great little cars, I test drove one recently when i was looking for a new car. I was very tempted but it was a tiny bit small. Nina x
iatethewholebag 12.06.2004 16:48
I love uncomfortable cars- makes it feel like your a proper driver. My first car ever was a rover metro- it was uncomfortable and ugly, but i loved it because it was so much like a go-cart.