Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 8.3 - 8.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 38.7 - 39.2 mpg
  • Fuel consumption is excellent in normal driving
  • Strong residuals due to high demand and limited supply
  • Specialist network Alpine dealers probably won't be cheap

We're yet to get a definitive picture of what an A110 costs to run in the UK, but we do know that the ingredients are there for it to be reasonably manageable in comparison with its rivals. The A110 Pure is likely to cost more than an entry-level Porsche Cayman, while the Legende model is better equipped, and in the short term at least, should have better depreciation. The A110S isn't scandalously more expensive than its less powerful sister cars, so looks like the one to go for.

At the pumps and on your tax returns, at least, the A110 should score pretty highly – which will make it cheap to run. The Renault Megane engine and featherweight construction result in excellent (potential) fuel consumption, with the official figure of 46.3mpg being a good starting point to aim for. The CO2 emissions of 138g/km beats the Porsche 718 Cayman, too – a great result for Renault.

As sports cars go, the Alpine A110 is a green option. It comes with stop-start, a low CO2 engine and is both light and efficient. It might not be designed to save the planet, but you can at least be safe in the knowledge that it's an ethical choice.

Is it reliable?

  • There's a tuned Renault Clio engine and DCT transmission
  • Hand-built in Dieppe to exacting quality standards
  • Interior build feels solid and hewn from lovely materials

It's too early to make a definitive judgment on this. Although the drivetrain is a modified version of the Renaultsport Clio's, the rest of it is all-new, and handmade in its own factory. Renault is making bullish promises about the A110's quality and reliability, and given how much is riding on this car, we'll give the company the benefit of the doubt, even if there have been one or two highly public reliability calamities.

In terms of interior quality, the fit and finish is good and the materials used are pleasing to the touch and have been carefully considered. There are some carry-over parts from other cars (and vans) from the Renault range, and at least you'll know it's tried and tested.

Does it feel as high a quality item as a Porsche 718? Yes and no. There's less solidity in the fixtures and fittings, but the materials are nicer, and better judged. Overall, an impressive result for the first Alpine in more than two decades.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £475
Insurance group 44 - 48
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