Looking at the Barchetta's stylish lines it's hard to believe that it has been on sale since 1995. Perhaps because it looks like a more modern interpretation of the Alfa Romeo Spider, the lines look familiar and rest easily on the eye.
The Barchetta is a stylish, sweet handling and reliable car. styling touches that are deft and distinctive, the Barchetta has become popular with people looking for a sports car that's a bit different. the left-hand drive, position is a positive advantage, meaning you can enter and exit from the kerbside.
Equipment on the sole manual transmission model offered isn't lavish, but does include all the bare necessities, although carpet in the cabin wasn't part of the definition. Power steering is a useful feature for parking in tight spaces, and the height adjustable steering wheel allows good access for drivers of all shapes and sizes. Anti-lock brakes and a driver's airbag provide additional safety.
For anyone who wants more creature comforts, there's an optional Comfort pack, but includes little luxuries such as central locking, electric aerial and mirrors, front fog lights, a leather interior and passenger airbag. While some rivals are of limited use for everyday activities, the Barchetta is practical, with a boot that's large enough for a couple of weekend bags.
The manually operated hood is quick and simple to operate - flick open two catches to open the hinged metal tonneau on the boot, push the hood back into it and it's stored safely and neatly out of sight. Similarly, all the interior controls are stylish and easy to use though the slimline door handles can be a bit fiddly to operate