Once you're on the move there's as much go as you'd need, although town driving does require more downshifts than is ideal.
Overall performance off the line is made up for with stellar economy and the car is still great fun to drive on the go. Hugely impressive fuel economy even in town, tax next to nothing, cheap insurance and our main dealer provided heavily discounted servicing. Lots of people ask me about the car due to the badges (cloverleaf).
No faults or issues so zero additional costs incurred. Best mpg achieved was 49.5 mpgon 250mile trip to the channel tunnel. D mode is great but I got the dreaded Alfa software update that made the car more drivable in that mode. If you want to buy an Alfa Romeo make sure you buy one that is an Alfa Romeo engine not a Fiat. Don't go putting this car in the 'coz it's an Alfa it's bound to go wrong' category.
People report issues with Fiat based engine EGR valves but I bet they don't do the mileage that it needs. Do you follow a crowd or is there something different about yourself. If anyone is buying a new car wait until 2017-18 there is a new version is on the horizon. I have had no issues with this car what so ever, but you won't be digging holes in your pocket if it does, Alfa aren't as expensive as they used to be.
It's been in and out of the garage a few times for headlight faults, driver's side kept not working intermittently (bi-xenon) £140 to have the bulb changed as it's made ridiculously that my local garage couldnt do it!
Be wary of the Multi Air engines, they have some reliability issues, just have a look on the Alfa owners forum.It appears from the rest of the reviews here the diesel engine is much better, although for me I wanted the extra power you get from the 170 petrol engine.* Multi Air unit failed after 1 month (~300 miles), repaired under warranty.1.6 diesel while lacking horsepower and immediate urge packs far more torque than rivals so once on the move it has plenty of go - whilst achieving upwards of 50mpg in mixed town, commuting and occasional longer trip.Handling is also good on larger alloys, turning in nicely with good steering feel and chassis feedback.Refinement is also a match for most rivals on long journeys.