Choose something both refined and sensible (almost), from $70 per day or less. 4 doors. 4 seats. A decent sized boot. A fixed roof that doesn’t move. Italian engines that definitely do move the rest of the car in a very visceral, pleasing, and executive express way.
Features and Specification
- Air conditioning
- CD multichanger
- Electric front seats
- Spacious leather seating
- ABS brakes
- Side impact bars
Ride = Balanced
- Seats 4
- Luggage Space = Excellent
- Boot space = 100 x 90 x 40 (cm LWH)
- (An average large suitcase is 78 x 50 x 32)
- (An average small cabin case is 54 x 37 x 20)
- 3.0 litre V6
- Auto 5 speed transmission with clutchless manual option
What's she like to drive?
What are we thinking? A saloon car that seats 4 adults and a decent amount of luggage? Have we gone all sensible and middle aged? Well yes….and no. For those who prefer to proceed in a fashion no less briskly and entertaining than the rest of our fleet but a lot more discreetly with a lot more space, this is the car for you. It’s gun metal grey paintwork signals sharp suited styling. But don’t think its 4 doors and a boot equate to an ordinary 4 seater rental saloon….
We don’t do ordinary at RentAClassic. This is sharp styling with sharp handling wrapped in superb comfort. The V6 3.0 engine is silky smooth, but can be easily worked up to a rasping howl very quickly with in automatic or clutchless manual gearchange….up to legal speed limits of course. It can cover very large distances with effortless ease, but still have people asking you what is that characterful car you’ve got…..just another 4 door rental saloon, not.
What do I need to get used to?
Being a wolf in sheeps clothing and reining it in probably. You’d think it might feel flimsy and insubstantial but whilst the steering is light and responsive, the car itself feels seriously reassuringly solid and planted on the road. Otherwise it’s all a perfectly normal car with hardly any Alfa idiosyncrasies, apart from the usual one of the lock to access the boot hidden under the rear Alfa badge. But it’s even got a boot release lever sensibly positioned by the drivers seat along with one for the fuel cap for goodness sake.
What about safety and reliability?
Yes it is an Alfa Romeo and this one is regularly serviced and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for all rental cars every 6 months. You have ABS brakes, driver and passenger airbags, high level brake light and side impact bars, along with very predictable and sure footed handling.
What condition is she in?
Really good. Everything works as it should and it’s very smartly presented inside and out, especially the woodgrain central console with electronic command centre.
How much luggage can fit?
The boot can swallow a lot, including a full size solid suitcase and lots of bags. Plus if you’re only two up there’s a lot of extra space on the back seats. For exact dimensions, refer to the Seating & Luggage tab above.
And the best driving tracks from the same year as the car would be?
Bit of a dearth in 2002 in my opinion but the best driving tracks from that year are:
- A Fool for Love – Bryan Ferry
- Atabaque – Monica Vasconcelos
- Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
Now we acknowledge driving music is a very subjective thing, but clearly here, we’re right. So download, hire our Portable Bluetooth Speaker & enjoy!
How fast will she go Mister?
Quite fast enough.
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
” The best car in the world…” (yes he really did say that back in the day…watch the video)
And the RentAClassic description for the Alfa Romeo 166 V6 Saloon?
Satellite Navigation Hire
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Portable Speaker Hire
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