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Alfa Romeo 166

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Alfa Romeo 166

The Alfa Romeo 166 has a sharp looks and decent engines

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.4 JTD 150 hp 7.2 l/100km Diesel 9.9 s 210 km/h
2.0 i 16V T.Spark 150 hp 9.7 l/100km Petrol 9.8 s 211 km/h
2.4 JTD 20V 175 hp 7.5 l/100km Diesel 8.9 s 222 km/h
2.5 i V6 24V 188 hp 11.9 l/100km Petrol 8.4 s 225 km/h
2.0 i V6 205 hp 12.9 l/100km Petrol 8.1 s 237 km/h
3.0 i V6 24V 220 hp 12.5 l/100km Petrol 7.9 s 241 km/h
3.2 i V6 24V 240 hp 12.5 l/100km Petrol 7.4 s 245 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 720 mm
Width 1 815 mm
Height 1 416 mm
Wheelbase 2 700 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Weight (normal) 1 420 kg
Weight (max) 1 930 kg
Boot space (min) 490 l
Boot space (max) 490 l
Fuel capacity 72 l


   The Alfa Romeo 166 was produced between 1998 and 2007. Production of the right hand drive models ended in 2005, but it was still produced in limited numbers for a left hand drive countries.

   Considering, that diesel engines are not available in some countries, the 2.0-liter Twin Spark is the star buy. It lacks low-rev pull, but things get better at the motorway speed. Otherwise go for a diesel to keep the running costs low. All engines developing over 150 horsepower are responsive. One of the drawbacks of this car is a four-speed automatic gearbox, coupled with a higher displacement engines. It shifts too often and is not flexible enough.

   The Alfa Romeo 166 received a facelift in 2003 as well as a revised chassis. It reduced body lean and made handling more pleasant, however it it still far from it's rivals in terms of handling. The low-speed ride is firm.

   Alfa Romeo's engines emit a pleasant sporty exhaust note, when revved hard, unfortunately wind and road noises are poorly isolated for an executive car.

   The 166 is well priced against it's German rivals, but it is a rather poor proposition for private buyers. It's resale value is weak, while the running costs and servicing might hit you hard. The Alfa Romeo is bought warily due to it's mechanical failures and glitches.

   Inside the cabin some materials look cheap comparing to it's rivals. Furthermore all the interior feels out-dated.

   The front seat and the steering wheel have enough adjustments to suit drivers of all shapes and sizes. Furthermore driver's seat is comfortable for long trips. All-round visibility is also good.

   There is plenty of space for the front passengers, however the rear accommodation is not that generous. There is enough leg- and shoulder room for three adults on the back seats, but sadly the rear headroom is restricted, so taller adults will scrap their heads against the roof lining. Boot is quiet large for it's class.

   This Italian executive car is strong on safety. Even the entry-level models are equipped with six airbags. Anti-lock brakes and stability control are also standard. However security equipment of the Alfa Romeo 166 falls below average.

   All models comes with most of the luxury goodies you would expect. Climate control, full competent of electrics are standard across the range. Leather upholstery comes with the top-spec models, otherwise optional. Other options include satellite navigation and better stereo system.


   Advantages: Sharp looks and decent engines.

   Disadvantages: Not as comfortable as a Mercedes and not as keen as a BMW.

   Verdict: An affordable luxury car but not on the same league with it's German rivals.

   Also consider: BMW 5-series, Volvo S80.


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