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Alfa Romeo 159

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Alfa Romeo 159

The new Alfa Romeo 159 is a serious alternative to German near-luxury cars

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.9 JTDM 120 hp 5.9 l/100km Diesel 11 s 191 km/h
1.9 JTDM 150 hp 6 l/100km Diesel 9.4 s 210 km/h
1.9 JTS 160 hp 8.7 l/100km Petrol 9.7 s 212 km/h
2.2 JTS 185 hp 9.4 l/100km Petrol 8.8 s 222 km/h
2.4 JTD 200 hp 6.8 l/100km Diesel 8.4 s 228 km/h
3.2 JTS 260 hp 11.5 l/100km Petrol 7 s 240 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 660 mm
Width 1 828 mm
Height 1 417 mm
Wheelbase 2 700 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 535 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 405 l
Boot space (max) ?
Fuel capacity 70 l


   The Alfa Romeo 159 is produced since 2005. It is available as a sedan or station wagon.

   Three petrol engines and three diesels were developed for this car. All of them have plenty of power, except the entry-level 1.9-liter turbo diesel. However the best choice is the 150 hp diesel or a 1.9-liter petrol. Both of them have enough urge without being overpriced.

   There is plenty of grip driving this car. The new Alfa Romeo 159 deals well with most surfaces. There is some body lean going through the corners. Steering is accurate but could be sharper to respond.

   The new car is impressively refined comparing with it's predecessor - the Alfa Romeo 156. Wind and road noses are well kept away, while the engine noise isn't an issue. Yet there is some suspension noise going over bumps.

   The new Alfa Romeo 159 is expensive to buy, but it still undercuts it's German rivals. It's fuel consumption is not better than average and resale values can't even match those of similar Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz models. It's too early to comment on it's reliability, but the previous models of the Alfa Romeo struggled to run without any faults.

   Car's interior is sturdy, but it's quality can't match it's German rivals. The dash is fuss-free and there is a pushbutton ignition. Controls of the stereo and heating are clear and easy to use.

   The steering wheel of the Alfa Romeo 159 has both way adjustments, as well as the driver's seat, but wheel could do with a little more movement for reach. However most of the drivers will find themselves comfortable.

   The new Alfa Romeo has much more interior space than it's predecessor. There is plenty of head- and legroom at the front, while accommodation for the rear passengers is one of the best in it's class.

   The boot of the 159 is larger than it's predecessor, but lacks space and shape of the Audi A4 or Mercedes C-class.

   The new car received a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. Front and side airbags are standard, as well as the driver's knee airbag. Stability control also comes as standard on all models. However it's security kit could be better.

   Every model of the Alfa Romeo 159 comes fully loaded. The base Turisimo trim comes with alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, dual-zone climate control, central locking and a CD player. The more sophisticated Lusso trim adds leather upholstery and parking sensors.

   Production of the Alfa Romeo 159 still continues.


   Advantages: The Alfa Romeo 159 is cheaper than it's German rivals and it is well equipped. Passenger comfort is one of the best in the class.

   Disadvantages: Interior of the car isn't appealing as the exterior and it is not as sharp to drive as it's German rivals. Poor residual values.

   Verdict: Good to look at, but ride lets the side down.

   Also consider: Audi A4, BMW 3-series.


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