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The Top Gear car review:Alpine A110
Running costs and reliability
Don’t get too excited. The Alpine doesn’t officially go on sale in the UK until around March next year and first deliveries aren’t expected until 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. At current exchange rates that’s about £51,500.
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 £45,000 basic. The two trim levels are Pure and Elegance, the former stripped out and 1,080kg, the latter more luxurious and about 1,120kg. Meanwhile, an Audi TT S starts at £40,840, a Cayman at £39,878. Neither is anything like as well equipped though. We have a modestly specced manual 718 Cayman in the Top Gear Garage. It lists at over £52,000.
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 46.3 and 138g/km the A110 achieves. We know from past experience that both Cayman and TT S return about 28-32mpg. In equivalent use I reckon the Alpine will be doing around 34-36mpg. 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. At some point owners will find the lack of space an issue, but I honestly think that’s the only issue they will have with it.