Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

Should you buy an Alpine A110?

The Alpine A110 is an astonishingly good car. Considering it's been built by a company that's nominally been out of the carmaking game since the 1990s, it's an incredible effort that's clearly been designed, developed and fine tuned by people who are really passionate about driving. And for that reason alone, it's worth serious consideration over a Porsche 718 Cayman.

That's high praise indeed considering just how highly we rate the Porsche. But it really is that good, and although £50k-plus seems like a lot of money to spend on a car from a maker your neighbours won't have heard of, as soon as you drive the lightweight A110 on your favourite B-road, you'll get it.

But what really makes the Alpine stand out is how well it works on UK roads. It's compact, so you'll feel confident driving it on narrow roads and in the middle of town, but it also rides really well (better than most mainstream hot hatches for instance), so those inevitable potholes and broken surfaces won't bother it anywhere near as much as a Porsche Cayman or Toyota GR Supra.

Buyers will have to wait up to a year for their A110 to turn up, which is a problem, but they can wait, confident in the knowledge that although it isn't quite as perfect as the Porsche, it has more heart, soul and feedback than its German rival. Is that a pragmatic reason to take the Alpine over the Porsche?

No. But for keen petrolheads, it's more than enough.

Alpine A110 (2019) rear view