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Alpine A110

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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Alpine A110

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Running costs and reliability

Don’t get too excited. The Alpine doesn’t officially go on sale in the UK until around March 2018, and first deliveries aren’t expected until late summer. As I said earlier, the first batch of 1955 cars (it’s the year Alpine was founded) are Premiere Editions, priced at 58,500 euros.  

They come only in blue, black or white, with 18-inch Fuchs forged aluminium wheels, active sports exhaust, a Focal audio system (that’s very impressive), quilted leather seats and a plaque on the console. Let’s guess an entry-level Alpine will be about £40,000 basic. An Audi TTS starts at £40,840, a Cayman at £42,897.

Care about fuel economy and CO2? Against those two the A110 makes a compelling proposition. The Cayman (38.2mpg and 168g/km of CO2) and TTS (40.9mpg and 159g/km) fall well short of the 46.3mpg and 138g/km the A110 achieves. We’ve run both Cayman and TTS on the fleet at Top Gear and know they return about 28-32mpg. We’ll assume the Alpine will do around 36-37mpg. It’s a useful advantage, but not a revolution.

It’s a car that’ll turn some buyers on, and just as effectively turn others off. For some it won’t wear the right badge or convey the right impression, others will reject it because the power and torque figures appear modest. They just don’t get it and never will. My advice? Make sure what you want is what the Alpine offers, and not just a bid to own something different to a TT or Cayman.

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