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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2006. - 2009.
S - Sports car
cabriolet, 2 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2005. - 2010.
S - Sports car
cabriolet, 2 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4581 mm
1836 mm
1400 mm
200 liters
404 liters
52 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4393 mm
1830 mm
1318 mm
235 liters
235 liters
70 liters
2006 Volvo C70
2005 Alfa Romeo Brera Spider

Engine

Petrol
5 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2521 cc
220 hp
320 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Alfa Romeo
2.2 jts
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2198 cc
185 hp
230 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1611 kg
7.6 s
240 km/h
13.0 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
9.1 l/100km
217 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1505 kg
8.8 s
222 km/h
13.0 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
221 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1625 kg
8.0 s
235 km/h
14.3 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
9.8 l/100km
234 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1505 kg
8.8 s
222 km/h
13.0 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
221 g/km

Expenses

5600 EUR
Price from
3850 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the sports car segment and utilize the same 2-door cabriolet body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Volvo-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 5-cylinder, 20-valves 220hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 185hp engine designed by Alfa Romeo.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the sports car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Swedish car offers a marginal difference of 7% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Volvo as a brand displays somewhat better results, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Volvo with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Alfa Romeo badge with 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed C70 as average reliability-wise, and Brera is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Swedish car rank it on average as 2.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volvo is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 240 kilometers per hour, 18km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 9.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (31 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Alfa Romeo appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Swedish car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Volvo being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the Volvo. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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