Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8
  • Great driving position with lots of head- and legroom
  • Nicely-designed, with well-judged trim and fittings
  • Excellent forward and rear visibility makes it easy to place

Alpine is owned by Renault, and if we're honest, this is a pairing that doesn't conjure up images of quality interiors or well-judged trim material. But the A110 will blow away your preconceptions about French car interiors, because this is a fabulous effort – and all the more impressive considering it's the first new car by Alpine since the mid-1990s.

The instrumentation is digital and displayed on a large screen in front of the driver. The display changes depending on the drive mode you select, which works especially well in track mode, where all the extraneous gauges are taken away in favour of lap timer and rev counter. It all works very well indeed. The infotainment set-up is basic, but functional – not a lot to complain about here.

Transmission is a simple push-button affair with paddleshifters for those who want to take care of the gearchanges themselves. Again, it's functional but works very well – and equally, the paddles feel nice to use, even if they don't have the machined perfection of the Porsche 718 Cayman's.

Needless to say, the driving position is spot on, with a perfect relationship between wheel, paddleshifters and pedals – and there's also plenty of room for drivers of all shapes and sizes. As such, that means as a daily driver, the A110 makes more sense than you'd imagine.

Is it comfortable?

  • Superb seats offer surprising levels of comfort
  • Compliant ride and damping are this car's forte
  • Cabin noise is reasonably well-muted

The Alpine A110 really surprises and delights in this department. For a sports car that references a 1960s rally icon, you might be thinking that it's going to be an uncomfortable beast. But you couldn't be further from the truth – the ride quality is phenomenal in contect of this car's performance and handling.

On typical British B-roads, it almost floats and feels surpremely light on its feet in the process of getting from A to B in very little time. As well as having fine ride quality, because it's also well damped, it feels planted and secure at all times. Whether you're on the motorway or in town, the A110 will continue to surprise with its ability to soothe you when you're not pushing.

The seats are supportive and a pleasure to sit on, but if you're blessed with a wider frame, you might struggle to snuggle in between its side bolsters.